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Governor Still Has Not Provided Information For HB2

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today called on Governor Maggie Hassan to release important budget documents that she is withholding from the Legislature.

“Governor Hassan needs to immediately release every budget document that is required by New Hampshire law so that the Legislature can fully examine her fiscally irresponsible proposal,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “The governor has already started out the budget process on shaky ground by relying on $80 million dollars in non-existent casino licensing revenue to balance New Hampshire’s books. Her unwillingness to meet deadlines and provide basic documents for her proposal is raising serious questions about her weak leadership and feeble fiscal stewardship that must be addressed.”

According to Union Leader Columnist Charlie Arlinghaus (2/20/13), the governor has not released critical documents that will become the House Bill 2 component of the state budget. Governor Hassan was required by New Hampshire law to submit these documents by February 15 (RSA 9:3 III.) 


Bass to Kuster - Which Budget Do You Support? 

Annie Kuster Offers No Solutions

CONCORD (NH) – Liberal activist for Congress Annie Kuster continually refuses to provide voters with new ideas on how to create jobs and get our nation's fiscal house in order. Instead she proposes that we continue with President Obama's failed economic policies that have led to 14,000 more individuals in New Hampshire without jobs, lower incomes, and higher bills over the past 4 years.

In response to the bipartisan endorsement from former Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, and former Senator Alan Simpson received by Charlie Bass, Annie Kuster attacked Bass for his efforts to find a bipartisan solution to America’s mounting fiscal troubles. Kuster called the bi-partisan budget plan supported by Bass, based on the Simpson-Bowles Commission recommendations, “pitiful.”

“Annie Kuster’s attack for supporting bold, bipartisan solutions to our nation’s fiscal problems is a pitiful attempt to cover up the fact that she has proposed absolutely no ideas of her own,” said Bass spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne. “She continues to tell voters what she’s opposed to, but refuses to provide any sort of solution. Seven different proposals were voted on this year, Kuster has dismissed two of them already - what about the other five?”

“With our country at the edge of a fiscal cliff, Charlie Bass understands we need real solutions to cut spending and raise revenue through a reformed tax code” continued Tranchemontagne. “Unfortunately, when it comes to ideas for fixing the problem, Annie Kuster has proposed none.”

“Annie Kuster is opposed to the bipartisan budget, but what would she have supported during the budget debate? President Obama proposed a budget that never balances, and that failed to receive a single vote in either the House or the Senate - is Kuster willing to be the only vote? Or does she support Harry Reid and the Senate’s action to not even offer a budget for over three years?“    

“Every New Hampshire family knows how important a budget is for their household. They have a right to know which budget Annie Kuster wants for our nation.” 

Alternatives Budget Offered During Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Debate:

Which One Would Annie Kuster Support?


President Obama’s Budget Proposal (H.Amdt 999 - RC 143)

Contains $1.9 trillion in tax increases on American families and and small businesses

Increases national debt by $6.4 trillion over next 10 years

Congressional Black Caucus Budget  (H.Amdt 1000 - RC 144)

Contains $6 trillion in tax increase on families and small business

$5 trillion in new spending to increase size of government

Congressional Progressive Caucus budget (H.Amdt 1002 - RC 148)

$6.7 trillion tax increases on families and small businesses

$6.8 trillion in new spending

$3.2 trillion added to our national debt

Republican Study Committee Budget (H.Amdt 1003 - RC 149)

$2.3 trillion in spending cuts

Democratic Caucus Budget - (H.Amdt 1004 - RC 150)

$1.8 trillion tax increase on families and small businesses

$4.7 trillion in new spending

$6 trillion added to our national debt

Allows Medicare to go bankrupt


CEI Today: Highway bill, labor law reform, Obama budget and more 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
In the News Today



Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is touting the recent passage of his "compromise" bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency that oversees U.S. air transport. Unfortunately for airline workers, Congress missed a rare opportunity to enact needed reforms to America's labor laws.

After months of heated debate, leaders finally reached a deal late last month when House Republicans' promised to drop controversial labor language from the bill in exchange for Reid's concession to remove some particularly onerous provisions. But those concessions amount to mere Band-Aids on a labor regime that systematically favors powerful unions at the expense of individual workers -- and the flying public.  > Read the full commentary on



Coalition Letter Urges Congress to Reject Linking Drilling Revenues to the Highway Trust Fund


The Competitive Enterprise Institute, Reason Foundation, National Taxpayers Union, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and Natural Resources Defense Council sent a joint letter to members of Congress urging them reject the unprecedented linking of onshore and offshore oil and gas revenue with the Highway Trust Fund.

In their letter, the groups note that creating this new revenue stream would undermine the longstanding user-pays/user-benefits highway funding principle that has guided infrastructure investment for nearly six decades. Further increasing the reliance of the Highway Trust Fund on revenue streams not connected to use, they argue, would threaten the future health of America’s highways. > Read the coalition letter on the highway bill at

> Interview Marc Scribner


OBAMA BUDGET - WAYNE CREWS to Swap the Obama Budget for an Optimistic Economic Growth Agenda


New spending in President Obama’s $3.8 trillion fiscal year 2013 budget would increase investments in education, manufacturing and R&D, transportation projects, electric vehicle incentives and the like. While those upticks apparently lie within discretionary spending caps he’s agreed to with Congress, taxes would rise regardless.

This escalating “declaration of dependence” on federal dollars by our most crucial manufacturing, infrastructure and frontier industry sectors should concern us. Republicans will pounce, of course, but they too vote to boost government investment in “basic science,” technology and manufacturing (such as the America COMPETES Act). > Read the full commentary on



> Interview Wayne Crews




Ten Thousand Commandments

By Wayne Crews

Welcome to The Other National Debt -- The Cost of Regulation

-> Read Today's Decrees


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ALG - Obama proposes borrowing another $1.3 trillion, no real cuts to speak of in budget 

Feb. 13, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today responded to the release of the White House's proposed 2013 budget:

"Once again, the Obama Administration is proposing to borrow another $1.3 trillion to pay for unsustainable increases in government spending, which under the budget will not be cut on a net basis any year over the next decade. There are no real reforms proposed to prevent entitlement programs from dragging the Treasury into the Abyss of insolvency. Meanwhile, he is proposing to increase taxes by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years on job creators that will only further slow down the economy.

"Obama wants to pretend that there are $2.50 in 'cuts' for every $1 in increased taxes, but since spending increases every year under his proposal, such math is impossible. It is just another imaginary number from the government; pure propaganda designed to prevent the American people from seeing the true dire straits our fiscal house is in.

"This quarter, the national debt will grow to be larger than the entire economy, probably never to return to below 100 percent of the GDP. The reason is because while the economy only grows at a tepid pace of less than 2 percent, the debt continues to expand by about 10 percent every year. No country has ever sustained such borrowing. Remaining the world's preeminent economic superpower is unfeasible under such policies. Obama is pursuing a purposeful policy of national decline."


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US Rep Bass Statement on Release of President Obama's Budget

WASHINGTON – Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) issued the following statement today after President Obama released his budget plan for Fiscal Year 2013, which includes $47 trillion in government spending over the next decade and $1.9 trillion in new taxes.

Bass said:

“President Obama has once again put forth a budget that spends too much, taxes too much, and fails to address the long-term fiscal challenges facing our country.  After three years of failed economic policies that have only grown our national debt and deficits, we have yet another presidential budget that will continue the uncertainty that is stalling our economic recovery and hurting the ability of businesses to hire.  The facts do not lie: under President Obama’s watch, the national debt has increased by $6.4 trillion.  We are now at a point where our national debt surpasses the total size of the economy and threatens our children’s and grandchildren’s futures.  Now is the time for real leadership, not gimmicks and an unwillingness to offer solutions. 

“The American people expect a responsible budget blueprint for our nation that cuts spending, reforms our tax code to make it simpler and fairer, stops borrowing trillions of dollars to pay for failed economic policies like the stimulus, and addresses the need to strengthen and preserve programs that protect the health and retirement security of seniors now and in the future. 

“Sadly, the President’s budget fails to accomplish these goals.  And the Senate Leadership has indicated it won’t even bother to do its job and produce a budget of its own this year.  The people of New Hampshire, and indeed the nation, deserve better.  I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure we have a budget that contains real solutions to help our economy grow and secure a future of opportunity for our children and grandchildren.”