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Chattin with Jeanine: Bathroom Bill Video 

Jeanine Has produced a really good video on what happened at the state house yesterday - it's about 15 minutes - Enjoy!

If you click on the link above it should bring up what I taped today.

Elaine Driscoll
Citizen's Leadership of New Hampshire
PO Box 786
Derry, NH 03038


Biden Announces New Hampshire to Receive More Than $5.7 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Help Care for Children, Prevent Disease 

Child Care and Vaccination Programs to Benefit from Recovery Act


Vice President Joe Biden announced today that the Obama Administration will make $5,760,817 available to New Hampshire for crucial health and human services programs that help to provide care for children and prevent disease. New Hampshire will receive $4,736,238 in Recovery Act funding to support child care for working families. The Administration also plans to make $1,024,579 in vaccines and grants available to New Hampshire to ensure more underserved Americans receive the vaccines they need.


Nationwide, $2 billion in Recovery Act funds for the Child Care and Development Fund will allow states across the country to support child care services for more families whose children require care while they are working, seeking employment or receiving job training or education. The funds will be used by states to provide vouchers to families for child care or to provide access to care through contracts with child care centers or invest in quality improvements. Recovery Act dollars will support a wide range of child care providers, including child care centers and home-based programs.


“Parents are worried about finding a job or keeping the job they have and they shouldn’t have to worry about affording quality child care,” said Vice President Biden. “Safe, affordable, high-quality child care gives working parents the peace of mind they need to be stable, dependable employees.”


In addition to funding for child care programs, an additional $300 million in Recovery Act funding and grants will help to ensure more underserved Americans receive the vaccines they need. The Vice President’s announcement came as Americans mark National Public Health Week.


Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the majority of these new resources will be used to purchase vaccines, which will be distributed through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Section 317 immunization program to all 50 states, several large cities, and U.S. territories. Funding will also be used to support national public information campaigns regarding vaccines and support grants to states that demonstrate innovative new ways to ensure more Americans receive the vaccines they need.


“Vaccines help keep children healthy, prevent costly stays in hospitals, and fight diseases that can lead to serious illness or death” added Biden. “The Recovery Act will help to vaccinate more Americans, cut health care costs, improve public health, and save lives.”


More information regarding the child care and vaccine programs is included below.

To see a list of state by state funding for child care programs, visit:


To see a list of state by state funding for vaccine programs, visit:



CONCORD - Today, former New Hampshire Governor and Republican State Committee Chairman John H. Sununu released the following statement on the Bathroom Bill passing by one vote in the New Hampshire House:


“The House vote on the bathroom bill shows how important one vote truly is. It is critical for the voters in State Senate District 3 to understand that they can’t let the Democrats gain another vote in the Senate or we will see more radical bills like this coming out of the Legislature.”


Mayor Guinta expressed disappointment that union leaders boycotted previously scheduled meeting 

MANCHESTER (April 8, 2009)Mayor Frank Guinta expressed disappointment that union leaders failed to fulfill their promise to meet with him today to discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2010 budget. At the request of union leadership, today’s meeting was scheduled at a previous meeting with Mayor Guinta on March 23, 2009.


“I am disappointed that union leadership boycotted today’s meeting.” Mayor Guinta said. “It is important that all sides have a continued dialogue in regards to addressing this difficult economic time period. The best way for us to work through this downturn is by working together. My door remains open to all 17 union leaders and I am willing to work with them on any issue.”


In an open and transparent process, Mayor Guinta gave details regarding possible budget options at a joint meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Board of School Committee on February 19, 2009. At that meeting, furloughs as well as other measures were discussed as possible budgetary options. He also called on the unions to bring to him proposals that save the city save money, minimize layoffs and does not raise taxes on Manchester residents.


However, Mayor Guinta wanted to thank Alderman Mike Lopez for his attendance. “By appearing today, Alderman Lopez shares my desire to continue the communication between policymakers and union leadership. I applaud him for taking this issue seriously and doing what is right for all involved.”


NH Senate Republicans Help Save Bow Power Plant 

Hundreds of Jobs and Reliable, Safe Energy Preserved



Concord, NH – Today Senate Republicans led efforts to kill SB 152, which called for a months-long delay of a mercury reduction project now underway at the Merrimack Station power plant in Bow. The project will protect communities downwind of Merrimack Station by reducing mercury emissions 80%.


“Merrimack Station provides abundant domestic energy to nearly two-thirds of the State at the cheapest rates in New England. This legislation is egregious for infringing on public health and costing hundreds of quality, high-paying jobs and I am pleased the Senate voted to kill this measure,” said Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon (R-Milford).


“We support the hundreds of hardworking men and women working at the Merrimack Station in Bow and are happy to see this legislation won’t be moving forward,” said Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry).


The scrubber installation was mandated by the Legislature in 2006 to protect New Hampshire's environment. “We recognized the public health hazard of mercury and implemented scrubber technology swiftly and in a bi-partisan manner three years ago," said Deputy Minority Leader Bob Odell (R-Lempster). "That health hazard still exists today. By killing this bill, we commit to moving forward with this important public health matter.”