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CEI Today: Regulation, the NLRB, mass transit commutes, and more 

Friday, May 22, 2015
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Forbes: A Comprehensive Regulatory Reform Agenda, Barack Obama Veto Pen Notwithstanding
Congress passes a few dozen laws each year, but regulators meanwhile  issue several thousand rules and regulations. On top of that, “regulatory dark matter“ like presidential and agency memos, guidance documents, bulletins and press releases may enact policy directly or indirectly. When it comes to federal regulation and red tape, I like to break it down into (1) the existing hairball and (2) what hasn’t happened yet. > Read the Forbes commentary



Defund the Partisan NLRB

Evidence is aplenty that the NLRB acts as a stooge for organized labor at the expense of equality in bargaining power. The recently implemented ambush election rule is front and center. > Read more 



Long Mass Transit Commutes Are Horrible for Your Health


I personally find it hilarious that transit boosters implicitly accept that the direct mobility benefits of transit are so low that they need to fling every possible co-benefit spaghetti at the wall in order to justify unjustifiable mass transit subsidies. But to you who drive alone to work and are now scared your car is secretly killing you, don’t worry. It’s the transit riders with commutes twice as long as yours who may need to worry. > Read more 



Sen. Warren Gets Hit on Trade Issues

Sen. Warren’s arguments are bogus on “secret” trade deals. Many of her other arguments are bogus as well.
 > Read more


> Related: Trade Promotion Authority in the Senate: Do-It-Yourself Economics

> Interview Fran Smith


Saving the Bees vs. Pork Barrel Spending



Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Washington, DC


The Constitutional Limits of the
Endangered Species Act

What limits does the Constitution place on federal regulations under the ESA? Should Congress resolve that issue instead of the courts? Would endangered species be better protected or worse off if PETPO prevails in court or S. 1142 is enacted?
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Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State



The State of
Freedom in the UK


A Cato Institute discussion on the outcome of the election and what it means for the state of freedom in the UK, featuring CEI's Iain Murray and other experts > View it on

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Concerned Veterans for America NH Chapter continues effort to thank Granite State veterans


Concerned Veterans for America (NH Chapter)

Launches 2015 “Thank A Vet” Summer Event Series

LAST SUNDAY: Franklin’s Mayor Ken Merrifield Kicks Off CVANH “Thank A Vet” Effort

NEXT MONDAY: Jason Beardsley, Decorated U.S. Military Veteran in

Army Special Operations and Joint Special Operations Task Forces

Manchester, NH – Today, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) NH Chapter announced its continuing effort to thank veterans of New Hampshire through its “Thank A Vet” summer event series, on the heels of its successful 2014 events held in Londonderry and Holderness. Last year’s events included program support from State Senator Jeanie Forester, State Representative Al Baldasaro, combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars Amber Barno, National Gold Star Mothers Karen Vaughn and New Hampshire’s own Natalie Healy. The ‘Thank A Vet’ event series is to take pause and give thanks to New Hampshire’s military heroes and their families while discussing the pressing issues facing veterans every day.


Mayor Ken Merrifield was on hand at the May 17th film showing to talk about the great things the City of Franklin is doing to recognize veterans by discussing an ongoing civil war restoration project. His presence kicked off the Thank A Vet summer event series for CVA NH at Tilton’s Smitty’s Cinema where over 50 area veterans were in attendance to bring the message of hope and support to each other, discussing issues ranging from the waitlist scandal in the VA health care system to memories of fallen fellow soldiers. It was a very moving day indeed.


“Mayor Merrifield was enthusiastic from the outset to be a part of the project. We appreciate his time and commitment to Franklin’s veterans of all eras,” said Roger S. Wilkins, NH State Director for CVA. “Defending freedom and prosperity has a high price and we welcome the chance to give something back to the veterans community. While showing our gratitude we plan to propel a discussion around the issues which affect our citizens in uniform every day: a skyrocketing national debt and deficit, failing veterans’ health care and the worrisome state of the strength and security of our nation.”


Next Monday, Memorial Day, at 11 am, the Thank A Vet BBQ will hear from featured speaker CVA Advisor Jason Beardsley.  “We are excited to continue the momentum of our Thank A Vet series in bringing the veterans community together with our next event on Memorial Day,” said Wilkins, “Jason was awarded two Bronze Stars in sustained combat operations and we are honored to have him come to NH to spread the word of freedom and liberty.” Mr. Beardsley is an expert on military intelligence, diplomatic security, unconventional warfare, and counterterrorism operations, with hostile deployments to Iraq, the Horn of Africa, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He currently serves as the Special Operations Advisor to Concerned Veterans for America.


Next Scheduled Events:




Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day) – begins at 11am

Thank A Vet BBQ

Londonderry Fish & Game

5 Lund Street

Litchfield, NH



Saturday, July 4th – Begins immediately following Wolfeboro Independence Day Parade

Thank A Vet BBQ

Harriman-Hale Unit 18

American Legion Auxiliary

142 Center Street

Wolfeboro, NH



Saturday, August 1st – Begins at 11am

Thank A Vet BBQ

VFW Post 5791

15 Bockes Rd

Hudson, NH


“This is our second annual event with Concerned Veterans for America and our membership is excited to work again with this important veterans’ community player. Last year we heard from Goldstar Mother Karen Vaughn, mother to the American hero Aaron Vaughn, who brought tears to our eyes and pride to our hearts.  Thank you Karen!  We look forward to hearing Jason’s story and appreciate all CVA NH does for the veteran in New Hampshire,” said Rick Olson, President of the Londonderry Fish & Game Club.


If there are any questions regarding any of the events please contact Roger Wilkins, State Director, Concerned Veterans for America 603-703-5116



Concerned Veterans for America is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization that advocates for policies that will preserve the freedom and liberty we and our families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.


NHDP - ICYMI: NHFPI: "Senate Revenue Estimates Insufficient to Restore Services and Cut Business Taxes"

Concord, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute points out that if Senate Republicans continue to increase spending without raising any new revenue, they will inevitably be forced to revert to the fiscally irresponsible budget gimmicks like back-of-the-budget cuts and inflated lapses that the legislature has relied on for years.  
NHFPI: Senate Revenue Estimates Insufficient to Restore Services and Cut Business Taxes
Earlier today, the Senate Ways and Means Committee finalized its revenue estimates for the FY 2016-2017 biennium, projecting that, absent changes in law, the General and Education Funds will collect $4.62 billion over the next two years. While that forecast is $118 million higher than the one on which the House of Representatives premised its version of the FY16-17 budget, preliminary decisions made by the Senate Finance Committee late last week and early this one have already effectively committed over half of that $118 million difference. As a result, the Senate’s version of the budget would not be able to restore major funding reductions approved by the lower chamber and also enact a sizable reduction in business taxes in the next biennium.
Overall, Senate Ways and Means projects that General and Education Fund revenue will total $2.24 billion in FY 2015, rise by 1.9 percent in FY 2016, and climb by another 2.0 percent by FY 2017. (By comparison, the House anticipated aggregate growth rates of 1.3 percent and 1.0 percent respectively; the Governor expected increases of 2.7 and 1.9 percent.) Among New Hampshire’s more sizable sources of revenue, Senate Ways and Means forecasts that the combination of the state’s two business taxes – the business profits tax (BPT) and business enterprise tax (BET) – will amount to $545.5 million in FY 2015 and grow by 2.5 percent in each year of the upcoming biennium, a rate of growth considerably above the rates assumed by the House. In addition, Senate Ways and Means foresees comparatively robust growth in the meals and rooms tax, anticipating growth of 6 percent per year; Governor Hassan’s Consensus Revenue Estimation Panel recently updated its expectations for that tax to 6.4 percent growth in FY16 and 5.9 percent in FY17.
Consequently, Senate budget writers, in effect, have $118 million more with which to work than their counterparts in the House did in assembling their version of the budget. However, the Senate Finance Committee has already begun to allocate those funds. Last week, Senate Finance removed provisions from the House’s version of the FY16-17 budget that would have directed roughly $52 million from the Renewable Energy Fund to the General Fund; thus, it will need to use $52 of the $118 million to compensate for the loss of those funds. Similarly, the Finance Committee struck provisions of the House’s version of the budget that would have instituted Keno in New Hampshire, a move that the House anticipated would yield roughly $12 million in the next biennium; accordingly, it will need another $12 million to fill the hole in the underlying budget. The Finance Committee also rejected the House’s attempts to transfer $4 million in funds related to the recent MTBE legal settlement to be used to meet General Fund expenses; that $4 million too will need to come out of the difference in baseline estimates. Factoring in these funding commitments, the Senate is left with just $50 million with which to work.

All of this, of course, assumes that the Senate will neither seek to generate additional revenue nor attempt to reduce projected collections. Given the Senate’s prior approval of reductions in the rates of the BPT and the BET via SB 1 and SB 2, the latter seems far more likely than the former at this stage. In fact, if the substance of both SB 1 and SB 2 were incorporated into the budget, the result would be the loss of approximately $28 million in FY16-17 and upwards of $80 million biennially once fully implemented. In other words, to put SB 1 and SB 2 into effect, the Senate would need to use another $28 million of the $118 million difference in baseline revenue estimates.
The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to take up the budget for the Department of Health Human Services tomorrow. That budget represents the single largest set of differences between the Governor’s and House’s versions of the FY 2016-2017 budget, with the latter providing approximately $120 million less in General Funds for services for the developmentally disabled, the elderly, and the homeless, among others. Yet, it already appears that only a portion of the Senate’s higher revenue estimates will be available to restore funding for public services designed to assist and to protect the most vulnerable citizens of the Granite State. Any attempt to reduce business taxes as part of the FY16-17 budget would only further reduce the degree to which the Senate is able to reverse the House’s decisions.

NH Senate releases FY 2016-17 revenue estimates 

Concord, NH – The Senate Ways and Means Committee approved  their budget revenue estimates for FY 2016 and FY 2017 at $2,287,600,000 and $2,332,900,000 in general funds, respectively, during a hearing today.

“The Senate Ways and Means committee considered a number of factors while preparing the revenue estimates, which are essential guides for the rest of the Finance Committee’s work on the Senate budget proposal.  The revenues presented today represent conservative estimates and provide us with a strong, yet realistic, foundation for building the next budget,” said Ways and Means Committee Chair David Boutin (R-Hooksett).

“The Legislature has a long history of producing accurate revenue estimates and we expect today’s estimates to continue in the same way,” Boutin added.

“The Senate has the benefit of three and four months of additional monthly revenue numbers from which our final estimate is produced, including Rooms and Meals taxes, Business taxes, and Real Estate Transfer taxes, to name a few, which have been steadily increasing month to month.”

“The revenue estimates we reported today were comparable to the House estimates, and while these estimates do reflect an uptick in the revenue the state is receiving, they are below the Governor’s projected estimates that were recently updated,” continued Boutin.




NHDP - ICYMI: Concord Monitor Op-Ed: Why Can't Bush Answer Simple Question on Iraq? 

Key Point: Bush’s fumbling belied an alarming fact: A man running for president counts himself among an ever-shrinking group that still believes starting the Iraq War was a wise decision. At least, that’s what he believed at the beginning of the week.How could anyone, knowing now that the premise of the war was false, be unsure what decision they would make if given the chance? For a would-be commander in chief, this goes beyond poor judgment – it shows an unwillingness to learn from the past tantamount to willful ignorance.


Read more below or click here for full article.

My Turn: Why can’t Bush answer simple question on Iraq?



Jeb Bush had a rough time trying to answer a question that is a no-brainer for virtually everyone else in America these days.

Over the course of a few days, the former Florida governor gave yes, “I don’t know” and no answers to the same question: Would he, knowing what he knows now, have made the same decision as his brother to invade Iraq? Bush’s fumbling belied an alarming fact: A man running for president counts himself among an ever-shrinking group that still believes starting the Iraq War was a wise decision.

At least, that’s what he believed at the beginning of the week...


The Iraq War was an ill-advised and unnecessary adventure that cost our nation immensely in blood and treasure. The consequences for our own national security and the region are playing out before our eyes, and they will continue to do so for decades to come.

The war led to a new regime in Iraq that was simultaneously repressive and ineffective. It made it easier for terrorist groups to recruit and mobilize a new generation of extremists, emboldened other adversaries of America in the region, and did great damage to our leadership and credibility on the world stage. Most tragically, it cost the lives of 4,491 courageous American men and women in uniform, and well over 130,000 Iraqi civilians.

The consequences speak for themselves. How could anyone, knowing now that the premise of the war was false, be unsure what decision they would make if given the chance? For a would-be commander in chief, this goes beyond poor judgment – it shows an unwillingness to learn from the past tantamount to willful ignorance.

No president gets to make decisions with the benefit of hindsight, and plenty of politicians and candidates made bad decisions about the Iraq War.

But when I served as an Army officer in Iraq, following every mission we would take the time to do an after action review because it kept us from repeating mistakes – mistakes that could cost lives. The relentless drive to examine and learn from every decision and every outcome is a basic expectation of a combat leader.

What’s true for an Army officer is surely true for a commander in chief...

America needs to see that our leaders have learned from a decade of sacrifice so that the mistakes of Iraq cannot be repeated.

It is up to Granite Staters on the front lines of national politics to make sure that every serious contender for president is held to this basic standard of good judgment and fundamental test of leadership.

(Michael Breen, a former Army captain, is the executive director of the Truman National Security Project.)