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Wednesday
Nov192014

ALG - Blue collar Keystone jobs not good enough for Obama? 

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Nov. 18, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement disputing President Barack Obama's November 14 claim that the Keystone pipeline is not a "massive jobs bill" for the United States:

 

"President Obama has consistently discounted his own State Department's finding that 42,100 jobs will be created by the Keystone XL pipeline rationalizing that they are mostly only temporary construction jobs.  This elitist argument is an affront to every man and woman who earns their pay in work gloves and boots, devaluing the work of those who build things in America because of the temporary nature of construction projects. 

"Obama, the man who sold a stimulus package based upon the false notion that it was going to be used to provide "shovel ready" jobs, now finds himself in the position of arguing that those exact jobs don't count.  Yes, construction jobs are temporary, because construction projects get completed.  That doesn't mean that those jobs are not valuable, as they give workers employment who then move on to the next project that needs to be built. 

"Here's the news flash for the President and his cronies, all jobs are temporary (except government civil service ones).  Every private sector employee all the way from the janitor to the CEO is temporary, and this includes the job of President of the United States and all his political minions.  To deride the economic value of a project because the jobs it creates are mostly done by blue collar construction workers shows just how far this President has strayed from the Democratic Party's traditional labor employee base." 

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/blue-collar-keystone-jobs-not-good-enough-for-obama/

 

Attachments:

 

President Barack Obama: "My hope would be that any reporter who is looking at the facts would take the time to confirm that the most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline — which might take a year or two — and then after that we're talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 [chuckles] jobs in a economy of 150 million working people."  Interview with The New York Times, July 24, 2013 at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/us/politics/interview-with-president-obama.html

 

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Wednesday
Nov192014

NH DHHS - Celebrates the Great American Smoke Out with NH Universities and Colleges

Concord, NH – In celebration of the 37th Great American Smoke Out (GASO),

the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division

of Public Health Services (DPHS) recognizes the work of New Hampshire

colleges and universities committed to implementing tobacco-free policies

on their campuses. DHHS recognizes the importance of GASO on Thursday,

November 20, 2014. This event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society,

encourages tobacco users to quit for at least one day in the hope that this

might challenge them to stop permanently.



DPHS released a competitive request for proposals for the purpose of

increasing the number of tobacco-free college campuses in New Hampshire.

The contract was awarded to the University System of New Hampshire (USNH)

and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH). Together, USNH

and CCSNH will work with students and faculty at 23 university and college

campuses across the State to promote and adopt tobacco-free policies that

also address electronic cigarette use indoors and outdoors. The project

will have a positive impact on staff and students and will enhance the

economic health of the system(s). Reducing tobacco on campuses could

prevent a new cohort of lifetime smokers.



Many New Hampshire college and university campuses will be holding events

and offering information about quitting tobacco and the NH Tobacco Helpline

resources (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for the Great American Smoke Out event on

November 20th. DHHS celebrates the collaboration’s current success and

enthusiasm.



“Across the U.S. and here in New Hampshire we have made great progress in

reducing smoking rates and therefore smoking-related illness and death,”

said Dr. José Montero, “but we still have a responsibility to our youth and

young adults to continue. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, but

quitting has immediate and long-lasting effects. If you use tobacco, it’s

not too late to quit, and the Great American Smoke Out is a great day to

begin.”



Currently, 16.2% of New Hampshire adults report smoking. According to the

2011 Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Survey at the University of New Hampshire

Durham campus, 15.3% of students indicated that they smoke every day or

some days, and 18.2% of students indicated that they smoke cigarettes while

drinking alcohol. It is important that New Hampshire institutions of higher

learning help students and residents quit tobacco and provide them with

cessation resources. DPHS currently offers free counseling to all

residents who call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or self-refer via the web to the NH

Tobacco Helpline’s website (www.TryToStopNH.org ). The Helpline provides

no-cost counseling and encouragement for quitting tobacco use to all New

Hampshire residents.



For more information about the New Hampshire Division of Public Health

Services or the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program visit

www.dhhs.nh.gov . For information about the Great American Smoke Out visit

www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index .

Wednesday
Nov192014

Stay Work Play Provides $8,000 for NH Student Loan Repayment 

Manchester, NH – As a part of Stay Work Play’s Challenge Grant Program, the organization has leveraged $8,000 in grant funds from NH EPSCoR to help pay back New Hampshire studentloan debt. There are fourteen employees from five different companies who benefited from this program including Dyn in Manchester, GYK Antler in Manchester, Paragon Digital in Keene, Profit Tools in Lee, and Website Publicity in Peterborough.

 

“When we first heard about Stay Work Play’s Challenge Grant Program we couldn’t wait to get involved,” said Travis York, Chairman, President & CEO of GYK Antler. “It’s not only a great benefit that helps us attract and retain talent, it’s also another way we can help our employees out. This program is important to us because it shows our employees that we are dedicated to them and to their success.”

 

New Hampshire is known for providing an excellent college education; however, college graduates in the Granite State are faced with the highest student loan debt (on average) in the country. The Stay Work Play Challenge Grant incentive program helps address this directly by showcasing New Hampshire employers who agree to contribute $8,000 to pay down college loans of newly hired graduates over the first four years of employment.

 

“As a mother of three who have benefited greatly from the community and educational institutions of New Hampshire, and the employer of a half-dozen area college graduates, I have seen firsthand great home grown talent and professionalism” commented Susan O’Neil, CEO and Founder of Website Publicity. “I want these young people to come to work here in New Hampshire to help us all grow and compete - and not dash across the border. That’s why Website Publicity participates in the Challenge Grant and supports our most recent college graduate/employee in paying back her federal loans. It’s putting money where our mouths are.”

 

To remain competitive, businesses and organizations in New Hampshire need to be thinking about preserving our vibrant communities while simultaneously being proactive about recruiting more young professionals. The Stay Work Play Challenge Grant incentive program is open to any company that employs individuals working in New Hampshire in an entry-level position. To be eligible, a student must be a graduate of a New Hampshire college or university within the past 18 months. Incentive awards are phased incrementally over four years totaling $8,000.

 

For more information or to become a participating organization, visit http://www.stayworkplay.org/challengegrant

 

Partial support for this program is provided by a grant to NH EPSCoR from the National Science Foundation, award # EPS-1101245. No federal funds are used in the payment of student loans.

 

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org .

 

About NH EPSCoR: NH EPSCoR – Linking Education, Research and Economic Development – is supported an award from the National Science Foundation to build capacity in research and education in science, engineering, mathematics and technology necessary for a highly skilled state workforce.  Additional information can be found on the website, nhepscor.org , or by contacting theCommunication Manager, Evelyn Jones, evelyn.jones@unh.edu

Wednesday
Nov192014

Cornerstone congratulates O'Brien on nomination for Speaker 

Cornerstone Action

 Attribute to: Bryan McCormack, Executive Director  
 

Congratulations to Bill O'Brien on being nominated by his fellow House Republicans to be Speaker of the House. They chose bold leadership today, which is precisely what's needed to keep our state's fiscal house in order. Even more importantly, Representative O'Brien's not embarrassed to speak out in support of New Hampshire families and in support of respect for life. He's well-deserving of another term as Speaker.
Wednesday
Nov192014

NH Senate Republican Caucus - Morse Congratulates O'Brien 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

 

Looks forward to working toward productive session for the people of New Hampshire

 

Concord, NH – Senate President Chuck Morse (R- Salem) issued the following statement on the House Republican Caucus nominating former Speaker Bill O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) to return to that post.

 

“I want to congratulate Speaker O’Brien on his nomination as speaker. I look forward to working with Speaker O’Brien, along with our Republican and Democratic colleagues, to balance New Hampshire's budget, improve our economy, and deliver vital state services to those most in need.

 

“I would also like to thank Speaker Chandler for his continued service to the Legislature and the people of New Hampshire.”

 

The New Hampshire House and Senate convene on December 3rd to elect their leaders as well as the Secretary of State and State Treasurer.