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Josiah Bartlett Center - The Budget, HHS Spending, and Back of the Budget Cuts

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s state budget always looks very different at each step of the process. The Governor, House, and Senate each have a very different approach to the budget whether they are of the same party or not. The final product, whether we have it by the June 30 deadline or not, won’t look like one side or another “won” but rather will resemble a patchwork quilt of changes and compromises. Rejecting gambling one side and tax increases on the other hasn’t caused chaos and isn’t petulant retribution.... Click here to keep reading.


Gov,House & Senate HHS Budgets Largely the Same

Major Difference on Uncompensated Care

The spending levels  for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommended by the Governor, passed by the House, and proposed by the Senate Finance Committee are actually quite similar. The notable exception to this is the Uncompensated Care Fund, which are payments to hospitals to help pay for charity care.... Click here to keep reading


Back of the Budget Cuts at Heart of Current Dispute

HHS Spending in the Spotlight

Governor Maggie Hassan had some harsh words for the Senate Finance Committee this week. But the “sweeping, across the board cuts” to Health and Human Services programs aren’t in the line by line budget headed to the Senate floor, which actually spends more than the Governor’s budget on HHS programs.... Click here to keep reading.


The State's Online Checkbook

JBC's Transparency Project

With the budget process underway here in Concord are you curious where all that money is spent? Look no further than NHOpenGov. We have data on every last check the state wrote going back to 2009.... Click here to start looking!


NHDP - Senate Republicans Must Name Their 300M Budget Cuts 

NH Families and Small Businesses "Flat Out" deserve to know what 300 million Senate Republicans have put on the chopping block


Concord - If Senate Republicans plan to double down on the failed O'Brien-Bradley budget scheme from two years ago, the people of New Hampshire deserve to know what they plan to cut.  Last week, Republican Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Morse claimed the state budget the House sent to the Senate had a $300 million dollar hole and added that "flat out, the budget is going to look a whole lot different when it leaves the Senate than it does now." But Morse and Senate Republicans detailed only a small percentage of the 300 million they want to cut from the state budget, by vowing to cut funds for LCHIP and a scholarship program for underprivileged students.


"It is time for Senate Republicans to 'flat out' name their cuts," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.  "If Republicans plan to devastate education, kill hundreds of  New Hampshire jobs, put winter snowplowing at risk, downshift to local communities, and slash hospital funding - again - they should be honest with the people of New Hampshire about what exactly they plan to cut.  The very least Republicans can do is eliminate the uncertainty and let Granite State families and small businesses can brace themselves for another round of reckless and irresponsible Republican cuts."             


In the last budget, House and Senate Republicans made the largest cut to public higher education in American history.  They killed hundreds of New Hampshire jobs, downshifted millions of dollars to local communities, and cut services for seniors and people with disabilities in order to pay for tax giveaways to big tobacco.


"The Bradley-O'Brien budget was an epic disaster for the people of New Hampshire and for Republicans on ballot in 2012.  It's no surprise that Senate Republicans want to hide their plan to double down on this failed approach from Granite Staters, but that doesn't make it right," continued Kirstein.  "Will Senate Republicans eliminate all funding for higher education, pushing through another double-digit tuition increase? Will they cut additional aid to cities and towns, raising local property taxes? Will they cut health care for seniors, people with disabilities and children?  The people of New Hampshire 'flat out' deserve to know."


CEI Today: Obama's lame duck regulations, Big Labor's victory, Congress & budget cuts, and tech regulation in 2013

OBAMA'S NEW REGULATIONS - RYAN YOUNG 6,125 Proposed Regulations and Notifications Posted in Last 90 Days--Average 68 per Day


A number of groups, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, expect a rush of new regulations now that President Obama has won a second term:

CEI expects the EPA to move ahead on delayed rules on everything from greenhouse gas emissions to ozone standards.  “Rules from the health care bill and the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill will also likely make themselves known in the weeks to come," the group
said on its website. > Read the full article on


> Interview Ryan Young

> See also,

The Election Is Over: What Now For Regulation?

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week In Regulation


BIG LABOR - RUSS POHL Big Labor Victory Exaggerated, Fight Continues


After the 2012 election, labor unions celebrated what was seen as an overall victorious election season for their organizations. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka bragged that labor’s political organization provided the support necessary for Barack Obama to win re-election.

“We did deliver those states,” said Trumka during a recent press conference, referring to Nevada, Wisconsin, and Ohio. “I think without the efforts of organized labor, those three states would have been different — none of those three would have been in the president’s column.”

He may be right. Big Labor’s political outreach was also successful in securing union favored ballot initiatives in several states.

  >View the full commentary on

> Interview Russ Pohl

22 Join Letter to Tell Congress: Respect the Sequester's Goals

Dear Member of Congress:

We the undersigned organizations, representing millions of Americans dedicated to fiscal responsibility, urge you stand firm and hold the line on the budget sequester set forth in the Budget Control Act of 2011. With the federal government facing yet another year of projected deficit spending exceeding $1 trillion, Congress must keep in place the $109 billion in sequestration spending restraint scheduled for 2013. Delaying this action will only make it harder to get our fiscal house in order, in the process weakening our economy, saddling future generations with debt, and further undermining Congress’s credibility to lead. > Read the full letter on

> Interview CEI's Wayne Crews



November 13 Event

Join us Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. for the first in a series of three roundtables exploring "Tech Policy in 2013." Is technological change rendering obsolete traditional silos of regulation within and between regulatory agencies? How might Congress change the institutions and regulatory paradigms governing the Internet? Where can a divided Congress forge compromise in tech policy? Each roundtable will explore these questions from a particular starting point reflecting the expertise of the panelists.

Tuesday's roundtable, co-hosted by TechFreedom and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, will begin at 10:30 a.m. sharp with coffee and mingling starting at 10 a.m. TechFreedom President Berin Szoka will moderate a panel including:

  • Fred Campbell, CEI's Communications Liberty and Innovation Project
  • Ray Gifford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge
  • Danny Weitzner, Decentralized Information Group at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
> View event details at

> Interview a tech policy expert





The Competitive Enterprise Institute is proud to announce a new ambitious film project: an animated adaptation of I, Pencil by Leonard Read.

> View the I, Pencil trailer


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NH Rep Guinta tells Massachusetts he very likely put our Shipyard in Jeopardy

New Hampshire- Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, who is running for Congress in the First Congressional District, released the following statement.
 "Congressman Frank Guinta refuses to go on NH public radio's The Exchange, but he went on The Emily Rooney Show on Boston Public Radio station, WGBH, on Monday to admit that his vote for defense cuts put the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in danger. Congressman Guinta said, 'But the additional reduction...could very likely put the shipyard in Portsmouth in jeopardy...' Mr. Guinta should go on NH radio and admit to NH listeners that his defense cuts put the Shipyard in jeopardy."


Congressman Frank Guinta and his tea party refused to vote for the debt ceiling increase unless there was a super committee appointed to find budget cuts. He voted for this law, with the  provision that if the super committee could not agree to cuts, there would be equal cuts to both defense and domestic spending. Republicans said they would not compromise, there was no compromise, and the domestic and defense cuts that he voted for are now at hand.


StateHouseNewsOnline - Wisconsin Budget Update 

Wisconsin Budget Update

Yesterday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed the new, $66 billion budget into law. Wisconsin Reporter, a news bureau reporting on the happenings in the Wisconsin capitol, has exclusive videos, interviews, and stories available on Below are links to their coverage. is a collection of independent journalists covering state-specific and local government activity. is the national leading news website dedicated to providing news from the nation’s state capitols.  The news website networks with dozens of state-based news organizations to provide in depth coverage of state legislation, government & special interests, state budgets and political/campaign news. is an initiative of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting new media journalism.