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Friday
Oct302009

GUINTA ADDS 50 NEW COUNTY CO-CAPTAINS TO TEAM! 

Team Guinta Continues to Grow

 

Manchester, NH – The momentum continues for 1st District Congressional Candidate Frank Guinta as he announces an additional 50 County Co-Captains to his team.   

“A successful campaign takes all kinds of support and efforts, but the most important support comes from the New Hampshire citizens themselves.  I am very excited and humbled that this early on we are getting so many great people to join our team. With the help and advising of these 50 new County Co-Captains, and the more than 100 we’ve already announced, we will continue to spread our message of the need for responsible, common sense leadership in Congress,” said Guinta. 

50 NEW COUNTY CO-CAPTAINS: 

Title

First

Last

City/Town

County

Chiropractor/Manchester Ward 10 School Board Representative

John

Avard

Manchester

Hillsborough

GOP Activist

Yvonne

Bresnahan

Bedford

Hillsborough

GOP Activist

Neil

Capano

Manchester

Hillsborough

Former Manchester Ward 2 School Board Representative

Rick

Dumont

Manchester

Hillsborough

9/12 Activist/Small Business Owner

Gary

Gahan

Merrimack

Hillsborough

State Representative and Small Business Owner

John

Hikel

Goffstown

Hillsborough

Former Congressional Candidate and GOP Activist

Gary

Hoffman

Bedford

Hillsborough

Former Manchester Ward 6 School Board Candidate/GOP Activist

Christine

Infantine

Manchester

Hillsborough

Bedford Town Councilor/Owner of Normand's Family Hair Care

Norm

Longval

Bedford

Hillsborough

Former Manchester Republican Committee Chair/Lawyer

Edward

Mosca

Manchester

Hillsborough

Former Representative

Greg

Salts

Manchester

Hillsborough

Pre-School Owner/GOP Activist

Bonnie

Stewart

Bedford

Hillsborough

State Representative

Frank

Kotowski

Hooksett

Merrimack

State Representative

Frank

Bishop

Raymond

Rockingham

State Representative

Gene

Charron

Chester

Rockingham

State Representative

James

Devine

Sandown

Rockingham

State Representative

John

Flanders

Kingston

Rockingham

Epping Selectmen and Constitutional Studies Activist

Dianne

Gilbert

Epping

Rockingham

GOP Activist

Joan

Gittlein

Rye Beach

Rockingham

GOP Activist

Jerry

Gittlein

Rye Beach

Rockingham

State Representative/Doctor

Joseph

Hagan

Chester

Rockingham

State Representative

Dan

Itse

Fremont

Rockingham

Second Amendment Activist

Jim

Phelan

Auburn

Rockingham

GOP Activist

Jo-anne

Hack

Barrington

Strafford

Dover At-Large City Councilor

David

Scott

Dover

Strafford

State Representative

Don

Flanders

Laconia

Belknap

State Representative

Steve

Nedeau

Meredith

Belknap

State Representative

David

Russell

Gilmanton

Belknap

State Representative

David

Knox

Wolfeboro

Carroll

Former Manchester Republican Committee Chair

Bobbi

Arnold

Manchester

Hillsborough

GOP Activist

Bill

Arnold

Manchester

Hillsborough

GOP Activist

Maureen "Moe"

Egan

Manchester

Hillsborough

Former Manchester Ward 7 Alderman

Danny

Goonan

Manchester

Hillsborough

Former Granite State Taxpayers Board Member

Jere

Beckman

Lee

Strafford

Manchester Ward 7 Aldermanic Candidate

Lisa

Gravel

Manchester

Hillsborough

GOP Activist

Paula

Gray

Mancehster

Hillsborough

Doctor

Emil

Karagiannis

Bedford

Hillsborough

GOP Activist and Writer

Kratz

Leatherman

Manchester

Hillsborough

GOP Activist

Bernard

Luebkert

Mancehster

Hillsborough

Conservative Activist

Kevin

Maloney

Manchester

Hillsborough

Conservative Activist

Kristin

Maloney

Manchester

Hillsborough

Register of Probate

Bob

Rivard

Manchester

Hillsborough

GOP Activist

Roy

Shoults

Manchester

Hillsborough

Republican Candidate for New Hampshire State Representative District 9

Jason

Antosz

Epping

Rockingham

Derry District 4 Town Councilor

Brian

Chirichiello

Derry

Rockingham

Conservative Activist

Elaine

Driscoll

Auburn

Rockingham

Conservative Activist

Warren

Hyde

Candia

Rockingham

GOP Activist

Elaine

Kindler

Danville

Rockingham

State Representative

John

Sedensky

Hampstead

Rockingham

Former State Representative and Current Rochester District 5 Town Councilor

Ralph

Torr

Rochester

Strafford

Former State Representative

Joseph

Stone

Deerfield

Rockingham

 

Friday
Oct302009

TALKING TAXES --- AGAIN by Jeb Bradley 

Last week’s TAX SUMMIT organized by Representative Susan Almy reaffirmed that New Hampshire’s lack of a general income or sales tax has enhanced our competitive position compared to other states. But the SUMMIT also warned that business taxes are too high and may be hurting our ability to attract high tech jobs to the state.

Unfortunately the TAX SUMMIT focused exclusively on taxes with nary a question raised by the organizers about the other half of the equation -- state spending. This isn't surprising however, given that spending has increased from $9.36 billion to $11.49 over two budgets --- a startling increase of 23%! And this is happening at a time when state spending around the nation has decreased over the last two years.
Nevertheless the SUMMIT was instructive. To her credit, Almy, an income tax supporter, insured that witnesses represented a wide variety of viewpoints including opposition to an income or sales tax.
Naturally several speakers supported adopting a sales or income tax. Jeff McLynch of the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy argued for an income tax based primarily on the need for additional revenue and equity. Laurel Redden of the Granite State Fair Tax Coalition argued for unspecified new taxes to mitigate rising property taxes.   No one likes the property tax and most people believe the fairest tax of all is the tax someone else pays! If our tax system is so unfair – why does NH continually rank at or near the top of nationwide surveys that rank states' livability conditions?
Two of the most compelling witnesses drew clear distinctions between New Hampshire’s tax policy and those of other states. Scott Hodge, President of the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, stated that most states garner the majority of their revenue through general income taxes, sales taxes and business income taxes which he termed a three legged stool.” Without either tax, New Hampshire relies heavily on an 8.5% business profits taxes and a .75% payroll tax paid by employers. Hodge warned that enacting an income tax would be a huge mistake.” He made the emphatic point that states that are in the biggest financial trouble are the three legged stool states such as New York, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Connecticut.”
As an example of why tax policy matters, Hodge cited Dell Computer moving 1900 jobs from low-tax Ireland to even lower tax Poland. His point: “if Ireland is vulnerable to capital flight then everyone is.” He warned that New Hampshire should not “mess up a good thing” because we enjoy the fifth lowest combined state and local tax burden in the nation and in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index we rank 7th best in the nation.
Jonathan Williams of the American Legislative Exchange Council and co-author of the book Rich States, Poor States, said his research indicated that “states with a high and rising tax burden (e.g. California and New York) are more likely to suffer through economic decline, while those with lower and falling tax burdens are more likely to enjoy robust economic growth.”  He further said his research showed “high income taxes to be particularly damaging to state competitiveness and growth.” He continued that New Hampshire as one of nine states with no personal income taxes had 21% job growth compared to 11% job growth in the nine states with the highest income taxes.”
But perhaps the most persuasive testimony of the entire session came from Andy Sanborn, the owner of a restaurant and pub just blocks from the State House. Andy joined a chorus of other witnesses who warned Legislators that despite no general sales or income taxes --- the taxes New Hampshire does levy against businesses are a bitter pill. Andy’s stunning revelation that his business pays 32 separate state and local fees or taxes totaling $164,000 – his third largest expense – was an eye-opener about the heavy financial burden business owners are forced to swallow in NH.
For anyone who simply thinks businesses should just raise their prices, Andy made it clear that there is only so much consumers can or will pay---especially in the current economic climate.
Alex Ray of the Common Man chain of restaurants had the moxie to yank back the curtain on the heightened enforcement actions taken against businesses in New Hampshire. I receive many calls from business owners subject to an overzealous, arcane or senseless tax or labor audit. Ray’s problem: he installed a small Jacuzzi inside a new facility. Then bureaucrats cited his business for not having a sign warning patrons that --- no lifeguard was on duty. If this wasn’t such a self-inflicted example about NH's declining business climate it would be laughable.
Economist Ross Gittell got everyone’s attention when he outlined NH’s poor rankings in the bottom third of indexes measuring what he called the “Innovation Economy which will be tomorrow’s well paid jobs.
The warnings that most speakers delivered about high taxes on business may already be prophetic. At the end of 2008, only 5 states had average unemployment for the year that was lower than New Hampshire’s. Now, nine months later our unemployment rate has climbed to 7.2% and 13 states actually have a lower jobless rate than NH according to the federal Department of Labor. Let’s not forget that 61 taxes or fees have been raised or newly implemented recently in NH. The rush of new spending and rash of higher taxes may well be eroding our competitive position before our eyes – and the unemployment numbers are the canary in the coal mine.
Friday
Oct302009

NH Senate Republicans Embrace Social Media 

Concord, NH – Today, New Hampshire Senate Republicans launched new social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook. 

 “New social media are important communication tools to keep people informed of our actions in the state Senate as we fight for disciplined spending, less government intrusion and lower taxes,” said Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon (R-Milford).

You can find the New Hampshire Senate Republicans by following them at www.twitter.com/NHGOPSenate or by becoming a fan of NHGOPSenate on Facebook.

 

Friday
Oct302009

NRCC - Shea-Porter: One of Pelosi's Most Loyal Puppets 

If voting for Pelosi’s partisan agenda 97% of the time didn’t convince you that Carol Shea-Porter is Pelosi’s puppet, then today’s news should.

Her partisan loyalty earned her a top spot in the unveiling of the Democrats’ trillion dollar healthcare legislation, a bill that cuts Medicare, raises taxes and forces millions of Americans to find a new doctor.  Unfortunately, New Hampshire voters who hoped she’d oppose government-run healthcare are yet again disappointed by Carol Shea-Porter. 

 

Friday
Oct302009

NetRight Daily: Help StopJarrett.com 

Fellow Bloggers,

Today was a great day in shining light on Valerie Jarrett.  Michelle Malkin helped promote our site!  Please consider helping out by joining our blog coalition to expose Valerie Jarrett to the public.  All you have to do is email Adam@getliberty.org and I will get you plugged in.  Here are today's top stories on NetRight Nation and other relevant information:

Speaking Truth to Power:  So when CNN's delightful Campbell Brown interviewed Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett recently, once again, Fox News came up.

Tarnished Black Gold:  It was just over a year ago that Congress allowed a ban on offshore oil exploration to expire. In the wake of a summer featuring $4 a gallon gasoline and an angry public demanding we "drill here, drill now, and pay less" the time was ripe for increasing domestic exploration and production of oil and natural gas.

Valerie Jarrett and Van Jones:  Who recruited the former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones?  Look no further than Valerie Jarrett.  Check out the video.

Stay at Home, Mr. Obama:  On November 9, 2009, thoughtful leaders from throughout the world will gather in Germany to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. They will celebrate the end of the Cold War and the victory of liberty over tyranny. And they will honor the memories of the millions who perished under the brutal yoke of communist oppression.

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