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NHDP - ICYMI: Governor Hassan Continues Traveling State Pushing for Responsible Budget

ICYMI: Governor Hassan Continues Traveling State Pushing for Responsible Budget, Coalition Speaks out Against Business Tax Giveaways  
Concord, N.H. – As Governor Hassan continues to travel the state pushing for a responsible budget, a diverse coalition spoke out yesterday against Senate Republicans’ plan to give more tax giveaways to big, mostly out-of-state businesses while making small businesses and middle class families pay the price.
See coverage roundup below:
Eagle Tribune: “Hassan seeks more socially responsible budget”
… The cuts engineered by the House Finance Committee would devastate the economy, health care, infrastructure and the New Hampshire way of life, Hassan said. Even the plowing and sanding of roads would be affected, she said.
So, the governor hit the road to get her message across that the House budget is insufficient and intolerable. Her stops included Department of Transportation Patrol Shed 213 in Sunapee, which fears losing more employees if the cuts are enacted.
Hassan continued her speaking tour Tuesday, speaking to The Eagle-Tribune editorial board in Derry.
"Right now, I'm very concerned," she said. "The budget they passed was irresponsible on any number of levels."
Hassan said she's eager to work with the Senate to come up with a final budget plan that would best serve New Hampshire residents — without sacrificing crucial needs and social service programs. 
"I encourage both parties of the Senate to build on the bipartisanship of the last budget," Hassan said. [Full article]
Union Leader: “Diverse coalition urges no cuts in business taxes”
Groups opposing business tax cuts, one of the Senate’s top priorities, say the rate reductions will mean the state will be ill-equipped to meets the needs of citizens, transportation infrastructure and workforce development.

At a news conference Tuesday, representatives of small business, nonprofits, educators and religious organizations said the cuts will benefit large, multi-national corporations but hurt the state’s economy because needed investments will not be made.

About 40 members of the group, including 18 small businesses, sent Gov. Maggie Hassan a letter expressing concern about the business tax cuts and asking her to veto the budget or any other bills that would reduce the tax rates.

… “I calculated how much these proposals would save my company when they are fully implemented, and it came to less than $150 per year,” said Tom Strickland, president and co-founder of Sequoya Technologies Group, a small IT company with eight employees. “$150 out of a million dollar budget isn’t going to influence my business decisions. I won’t be hiring new employees or buying new equipment as a result of this tax cut.”

He noted 93 percent of the state’s businesses are the same size as his company or smaller. 

Strickland said he moved his family to New Hampshire 18 years ago attracted by the state’s quality of life. He said the state should invest in high-quality schools, well-maintained roads, and high-speed broadband internet, which will benefit all businesses. [Full article]


NASHUA Today, Scott Brown held a rally with Senators Kelly Ayotte and John McCain at American Legion Post #3 to underscore the importance of the upcoming election, where New Hampshire has the opportunity to elect independent leadership to fight for our families and restore America at home and abroad.

“In order to change the direction of our country, we need to change senators," said Scott Brown.  "I am running to be an independent voice for our state, to restore America and make our economy strong again.  Senator Shaheen has broken her promise to Granite Staters by voting for President Obama's failed agenda 99% of the time instead of putting New Hampshire first.  I am grateful to stand shoulder to shoulder with Senators Ayotte and McCain, and ask for your vote on November 4th to return to Washington and fight for you."
The trio drew a crowd of 100 people who packed the venue to hear remarks and show their support for Scott Brown entering the final stretch of the campaign.
"The Senate under Harry Reid is a rubber stamp for President Obama’s failed policies.  Next Tuesday, New Hampshire citizens have the opportunity to change that by voting for Scott Brown," said Ayotte. "Scott is a proven leader who will fight for New Hampshire families.  He’ll be a strong voice for fiscal responsibility, accountable government, and a better economic climate so Granite State businesses can grow and create jobs.  And most of all, electing Scott Brown will help ensure we can get the Senate working again to get things done for the people of New Hampshire and our country."

"I know the state of New Hampshire well, and I know that it doesn’t need a senator who votes 99 percent of the time with President Obama. It needs an independent voice like Scott Brown," said McCain. “He has served his country for 35 years and has the experience to bring much needed leadership back to the Senate.  I am proud to stand with him today and encourage Granite Staters to hit the polls and vote to restore America on November 4th by electing Scott Brown."







"'The only thing worse than voting 99 percent with the president is voting 100 percent against small businesses,' said Brown."

Nashua Telegraph
Don Himsel
October 21, 2014

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There’s a lot to fix in this country, Scott Brown said at a Nashua Rotary lunch on Monday, including a lack of leadership at the top.

“The world is on fire,” said Brown at the start of his remarks Monday. He spoke of international issues such as Ebola, military buildup in China, kidnappings by Boko Haram and fighting in Syria, citing a lack of leadership.

Brown is running against Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and delivered a pro-business message while highlighting differences between him and Shaheen during his remarks at the Nashua Country Club..

“This race is going to be about differences,” Brown said. “She’s a good person. I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again and again. We just have different ways of looking at things.”

Brown illustrated differences in votes on issues including border security and energy issues.

On border security. “I voted to send troops to the border, Senator Shaheen didn’t,” Brown said.

On energy: “Senator Shaheen is against coal, she’s against nuclear,” Brown said. “She’s against focusing and helping step back from our dependence on foreign oil.”

Brown listed corporate taxes, rising energy and healthcare costs as obstacles to New Hampshire businesses.

“The only thing worse than voting 99 percent with the president is voting 100 percent against small businesses,” said Brown.


Garcia For Congress (CD2) - ICYMI: Garcia tours Jaffrey factory as she campaigns for Congress 



In case you missed it, The Keene Sentinel yesterday published this article which explains why a local small-business owner is supporting Marilinda Garcia instead of Ann Kuster. According to the article:

“At the time, Pelkey attempted to get help from Democratic Rep. Ann M. Kuster, the incumbent defending her 2nd Congressional District seat against Garcia in the Nov. 4 election.

Pelkey said he didn’t get an answer from Kuster, leading him to place his faith in Republican candidates.”

The article went on to say “he said he was also concerned about excessive regulation for businesses, and said he likes that Garcia supports reducing the number of regulations businesses must follow.

“She has the knowledge and the experience, and just the right ingredients,” he said.”

To read the full article, please click here.



Garcia For Congress (CD2) - Marilinda Garcia Announces 5 Townhalls in 5 Weeks Tour 


An ‘Opportunity for All’ To Be Heard

Concord, NH– Kenny Cunningham, communications director for Marilinda Garcia for Congress, released the following statement announcing that Marilinda Garcia will host 5 townhall meetings before the November 4 election:

“In honoring a New Hampshire tradition and the expectations of integrity and openness from our candidates, Marilinda Garcia will host 5 townhall meetings in New Hampshire’s Second District before Election Day, starting on October 7th, in Littleton. These townhall meetings will offer voters an honest opportunity to interact one-on-one with Marilinda and discuss with her the important issues facing our state and our nation.”

Cunningham went on to say, “Although Ann Kuster has yet to respond to our request to participate in a townhall forum, we would like to renew our invitation to her, and urge her to attend any of the below townhall meetings. We see no reason for her to miss these valuable opportunities to meet with the people of New Hampshire, and thus we will be prepared for her participation in every forum.”

“Additionally, we have provided directions to each meeting for Ann Kuster, and we are more than willing to facilitate her travel arrangements so that she is finally able to participate in a townhall meeting. Ann Kuster has never held a townhall meeting and her constituents deserve the opportunity to share their concerns and views with their representative to Congress.”

The dates and locations of the townhalls are as follows:

When: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Topic: Healthcare
Where: Littleton, NH


When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Topic: National Security (with special guest, John Bolton)
Where: Hanover, NH


When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Topic: Taxes & Regulations
Where: Keene, NH


When: October 29, 2014
Topic: Government Spending & National Debt
Where: Concord, NH


When: November 3, 2014
Topic: Jobs & the Economy
Where: Nashua, NH

Specific locations of the aforementioned townhalls will be announced on the week of the event.