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NH House Republican Leader Reiterates Need to Address Budget Concerns 

Concord - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler offered the following statement relative to concern voiced by leaders in the State Senate that state agencies may be overspending, and creating growing budget deficits as a result, while Governor Hassan and agency heads refuse to meet with budget writers to open the books and discuss the concern, citing, “incomplete information.”


“It may take time to count every penny, but when we’re in a potential crisis situation, we owe it to the people of New Hampshire to have an open and frank discussion on what appears to be a significant budget problem. We are, after all, elected to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, and our citizens expect some level of transparency and accountability within our state government.”


“Every leader of every state agency should have some idea how their balance sheet will shape up, whether or not it’s finalized. They do not operate in the dark. I would hope that the Governor would allow the agency heads to meet with the legislature and comply with a simple and reasonable request to discuss how their agency is performing with the resources we’ve allocated to them. Kicking the can down the road will only lead to future budget problems.”


NH Senate Finance Chair Requests Updated Department Financials 

Concord, NH - Senate Finance Chairman Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, today requested updated spending and lapse figures from each of the state’s department and agency heads.  Forrester’s request is in response to underperforming April revenues, the ongoing Medicaid Enhancement Tax litigation, and concerns over the cost of the state’s mental health settlement.


“As a result of the careful and conservative revenue estimates adopted in the state budget, I am pleased to say that the state is $3.9 million, or 0.2-percent, above the revenue plan through the first ten months of the fiscal year,” said Forrester in her letter to department heads on Tuesday morning.  “While this is positive news for our taxpayers, it does necessitate increased vigilance from budget writers and department heads to ensure that we finish this fiscal year with the projected $26.8 million surplus required keep the budget balanced,” she continued.


Forrester’s letter requests updated figures on each department’s spending and projected lapse for the current fiscal year by Friday, May 16 in order to review the numbers with the Senate Finance Committee before the conclusion of the legislative session.


“While revenue collections to date would not necessitate [additional action] during this biennium, I do want to keep legislative leaders informed on the spending side so that we’re prepared to act in the best interest of the state and our taxpayers should events warrant,” concluded Forrester.


 Click Here for full text of Chairman Forrester’s letter to the Commissioner of Administrative Services Linda Hodgdon can be found below.  Identical letters were also sent to nineteen other state departments and agencies.


Heritage - Where Did Your Tax Money Go? 

April 15, 2014


Where Did Your Tax Money Go?

It’s pretty unreal when you see it.

Your 2013 tax dollars—which are due today—went primarily to pay for government benefits.

Major entitlements (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) gobbled up 49 percent, while more federal benefits took another 20 percent. These additional “income security” benefits include federal employee retirement and disability, unemployment benefits, and welfare programs such as food and housing assistance. Obamacare spending didn’t really kick in until 2014, so that will show up in next year’s breakdown.

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ALG's Daily Grind - How come only 7 Senate Democrats voted no on cop killer defender Adegbile? 


March 6, 2014

How come only 7 Senate Democrats voted no on cop killer defender Adegbile?
If Reid had known that the Debo Adegbile nomination was going to fail, he might have advised Mark Begich of Alaska, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Jon Tester of Montana, and Mark Udall of Colorado that they were being asked to catch a live buzz saw.

Obama's fantasy budget
President Obama's 2015 budget shows that his domestic policy is every bit as grounded in reality as his foreign policy, which The Washington Post declared this weekend to be "based on fantasy."

Sekulow: Four questions Lois Lerner must answer about IRS scandal
"It's been 10 months of stonewalling. Lois Lerner has since retired from the IRS with a full taxpayer funded pension. She owes the American people the truth, and answers to the following questions would be an excellent start."



Guinta For Congress - Administrations Budget Ignores Reality and Hurts Economic Growth 

Today, President Obama released his FY ’15 budget. In response, Ethan Zorfas with Frank Guinta's Campaign for Congress released the following statement:

“President Obama's budget calls for nearly $4 trillion in spending, increases taxes and serves as a White House wish list for new spending. Carol Shea-Porter owes Granite Staters an answer, are you going to continue to ignore the historic unemployment and financial crisis we face by supporting President Obama’s budget, or will you side with New Hampshire? This budget will do nothing to grow the economy or create the environment for job growth and middle class prosperity. Lastly, it fails to address the $17 trillion debt, a failure that will cost our children and grandchildren dearly.”