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Wednesday
Jul232014

NHDP - New Ranking Shows Drop in New Hampshire's Child Well-Being

New Data from 2012 Shows New Hampshire Fell in Rankings As O'Brien Implemented His Anti-Middle Class Agenda
 
Manchester, NH – New rankings released in the annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book, which is based on data from 2012, show that New Hampshire dropped from first to fourth place in child well-being amid Bill O'Brien's disastrous speakership that jeopardized New Hampshire’s job growth, and slashed funding for higher education and services for children.
 
While the rankings show that New Hampshire remains in the top five states for overall child well-being, a comparison of the data shows that in 2012, Granite State children were worse off on a variety of measures of economic well-being than they were in 2011.

“The data released today shows, once again, how much disgraced former Speaker Bill O’Brien hurt New Hampshire children and families with his brand of slash-and-burn-politics, and his relentless push for painful and irresponsible budget cuts,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “As O’Brien tries to reclaim the speakership, New Hampshire is still reeling from the damage he did to middle-class Granite Staters by repealing the state minimum wage, jeopardizing job growth, cutting millions of dollars from public education and childcare programs, and gutting at-risk youth initiatives like the Children in Need of Services program.”
 
“Governor Hassan has worked tirelessly since taking office to reverse failed Speaker O’Brien’s damage and put the Granite State back on the right track by working across the aisle to solve problems and get real results for New Hampshire's children and families," continued Chairman Buckley.

Since taking office, Governor Hassan has prioritized supporting critical initiatives to help New Hampshire children and families. Governor Hassan signed into law the Paycheck Fairness Act, expanded health care coverage for 50,000 New Hampshire children and families, restored the Children in Need of Services program and is working to increase the minimum wage.
 
BACKGROUND

Comparison of 2011 & 2012 Kids County Data Book Child Economic Well-Being: Based on data, New Hampshire dropped from 7th to 12th in child economic well-being between 2011 and 2012 [Kids Count Data Book, 2013, 2014].
 
Speaker O’Brien Repealed the State Minimum Wage in 2011: “Republicans overrode Democratic Gov. John Lynch's veto in June and stripped New Hampshire's minimum wage law from the books […] House Republicans also killed a Democratically sponsored bill that would have raised the wage. Democrats argued the 75 cent proposed hourly increase would put $30 more each week in the pockets of the state's 4,000 lowest-paid workers, money that would be spent boosting the economy.” [AP, January 28, 2013]
 
O’Brien 2011-2012 Budget Cut Child-Care Services: “The budget would cut $115 million from hospital reimbursements and would reduce funding for dozens of programs including domestic violence prevention, child-care subsidies, ServiceLink resource centers and community health centers.” [Concord Monitor, April 1, 2011]

Major Layoffs, Record Budget Cuts Due to O’Brien 2011-2012 Budget: “Hospitals lost more than $115 million and laid off more than 1,000 staffers. The state university system endured record budget cuts and saw its coffers trimmed by 45 percent. As a result, 200 employees in public higher education lost their jobs. The Department of Transportation faced a 13 percent cut and also cut its workforce. Other agencies facing cuts are New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the state’s Division of Family Assistance.” [NPR State Impact, December 30, 2011]

O’Brien 2011-2012 Budget Cut the Children in Need of Services Program: “ […] many programs were cut in the last budget cycle, including Children in Need of Services and aid to higher education.” (Manchester Union-LeaderFebruary 6, 2013) [The CHINS program helps children with drug and behavioral problems, reduces incarceration, provides job placement assistance, and overall become productive members of society]

Failed Speaker O’Brien’s 2014 Comeback: While voted out in 2012, the former Speaker is staging a comeback to reclaim the speakership and doubling-down on his ultra-conservative agenda. On last week’s WMUR CloseUP when asked about his divisive profile, O’Brien responded unapologetically, “I stood up and said the things that needed to be said.” [WMUR CloseUP, July 20, 2014]
Friday
Apr112014

ALG's Daily Grind - Will Lois Lerner be Jailed for IRS Targeting? 

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April 10, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Lois Lerner referred to DOJ for Criminal Prosecution
President Obama assured the American people that his administration would "get to the bottom" of the IRS scandal which pitted the government's tax-collection arm against the President's own political adversaries. If those words weren't empty, the Administration and the DOJ would look seriously into the case against Lerner, pursue prosecution for the offenses uncovered by House investigations, and leave Ms. Lerner's fate in the hands of the criminal justice system. Until then, the Administration is passively complicit with the criminal activities of its executive agencies.

Does motherhood impact wages?
It is stating the obvious. Women have babies, and when they do, a significant percentage of them leave the labor force.

Cato Study: No connection between spending, student outcomes
"In virtually every other field, productivity has risen over this period thanks to the adoption of countless technological advances — advances that, in many cases, would seem ideally suited to facilitating learning. And yet, surrounded by this torrent of progress, education has remained anchored to the riverbed, watching the rest of the world rush past it."

Friday
Jan312014

NH GOP - Gov Bobby Jindal: A Chance for Every Child 

Friend,

This week marks 'National School Choice Week' in America - an appropriate time to reflect on the fact that education is one of the most important investments that we can make.

A good education can change a life, lift somebody out of poverty and create economic opportunity and equality.   

 

As Governor of Louisiana, I have fought to give every child an equal opportunity to get a great education. 

 

Too often children are trapped in failing schools - not because of their skills or abilities - but because of their zip code.

 

That's unacceptable, and that's why New Hampshire Republicans stepped up to pass the state's outstanding education tax-credit law. This law gives businesses a tax credit when they donate to a new scholarship fund that helps parents choose the education setting that is best for their children.

 

Unfortunately, activist judges and liberal Democrats have relentlessly attacked this worthy program. They have made it clear that they would rather stand up for government unions that oppose this law, instead of the kids who stand to benefit from it.

 

Please Stand Up For School Choice And Help Support Republicans Who Passed This Law By Donating $25, $50 or $75 To The New Hampshire Republican State Committee Today.

 

Governor Maggie Hassan has demonstrated a callous disregard for children who depend on these scholarships. She has repeatedly fought to repeal this popular tax credit - recently she even took the step of urging the state supreme court to restrict school choice by invalidating this good law. Her disgraceful effort to kill this popular program shows that she is out of touch with the values and priorities of her constituents.

 

In November, New Hampshire voters will have a chance to replace Governor Hassan with a Republican governor who will stand up for policies that will improve educational opportunities for children across the state. They will have a chance to elect a leader who will do what is right for students and parents instead of the liberal special interests and unions that have bankrolled Governor Hassan's political campaigns.

 

But in order to win, Republicans will need your help to build a strong grassroots network. That's why the New Hampshire Republican State Committee needs your time, efforts, and your donations today to take back the corner office in November.

 

Thank you,

 

Governor Bobby Jindal

 

P.S. If you stand for school choice and giving families and children all the tools they need to get the best education possible - regardless of zip code - then please join me today in making your most generous donation to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee today so they can keep up the fight for this good law.

Sunday
Aug182013

NH DHHS - New Hampshire Breastfeeding Rates Rise Along with Decrease in Obesity among Low-Income Children

Concord, NH – Breastfeeding rates have continued to rise over the past

decade, according to data released this month by the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC). In New Hampshire, the percentage of babies

being breastfed at six months of age increased from 34% in 2000 to 54% in

2010. The percentage of babies being breastfed at 12 months also increased

from 19% to 26% during that same time period. The data show that babies who

started breastfeeding increased from 81% in 2000 to 86% in 2010.



“This is great news for the health of New Hampshire because babies who are

breastfed have lower risks of ear and gastrointestinal infections,

diabetes, and obesity, and mothers who breastfeed have lower risks of

breast and ovarian cancers,” said DPHS Director, José Montero, Director of

Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

“Also, breastfeeding lowers health care costs and it gives babies the

healthiest start in life nutritionally. It is important that we continue

working to improve hospital, community and workplace support for

breastfeeding mothers and babies and realize these cost savings and health

benefits.”



Hospitals are an important setting for supporting breastfeeding mothers and

babies. The CDC reports that the percentage of hospitals implementing key

maternity practices that keep mothers and babies together after birth have

also increased. In New Hampshire, the percentage of live births occurring

at Baby Friendly Facilities has increased from about 16% in 2007 to 27% in

2011.



Other positive data show that after decades of rising rates, obesity among

low-income preschoolers declined slightly in New Hampshire, along with 18

other states and U.S. territories from 2008 through 2011, according to the

CDC. Policies and efforts that promote physical activity and healthy eating

such as Baby Friendly hospitals and support for childcare providers to

improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and decrease computer and

television time for young children are effective strategies in reducing

obesity.



“Research shows that children are five times more likely to be overweight

or obese as an adult if they are overweight or obese between the ages of

three and five years. New Hampshire has begun to see small changes among

low-income children,” continued Montero. “This is encouraging but we have

to continue to make progress in this area for the sake of our children.”



The obesity and overweight data are from the Pediatric Nutrition

Surveillance System, which collects data on preschool children enrolled in

the New Hampshire WIC Nutrition Program. Heights and weights of

approximately 8,500 children per year showed a decrease in obesity from

15.5% in 2007 to 14.6% in 2011. Decreases are attributed to changes in the

WIC food package of healthier foods, and statewide efforts to promote

healthier eating and active living.



For more information about New Hampshire’s efforts to support

breastfeeding, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/wic/breastfeeding.htm . To

view the recent data on breastfeeding from the CDC visit

www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/reportcard . For more information about

childhood obesity, visit www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood

Monday
Jun242013

NASCAR Driver Parker Kligerman To Meet Kids in NH

Kligerman will be Sponsored by North American Power for Upcoming NHMS Nationwide Race  

Concord, N.H. (June 24, 2013) - NASCAR Nationwide series driver Parker Kligerman will be touring New Hampshire and reaching out to the local community.  On Monday June 24, at 11:30 am, Kligerman will visit with patients and their families at CHaD - Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth and then at 12:30 pm nearby David’s House.  At 3:00 pm, Kligerman will visit the Concord Boy’s and Girl’s Cluband finish his New Hampshire tour at 5:30 pm, by throwing out the first pitch at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, where his No. 77 Toyota will be on display for fans.  Parker will be signing autographs, posing for pictures and giving away a pair of tickets to the race this July at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  

North American Power - one of the fastest-growing energy suppliers in the country has teamed up with Kligerman for the New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 13.  The New England based company has signed a one-race deal to be the primary sponsor of Kligerman, who is a Connecticut native and his No. 77 Toyota Camry fielded by Kyle Busch Motorsports.  What's more, this partnership will be teaming up to help local charities.  For every lap lead in the upcoming Nationwide race at NHMS - up to ten laps, North American Power will donate $1,000. to the Speedway Children's Charities with the funding directed toward CHaD.  

Kligerman, who is in his first full-time campaign in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, currently ranks sixth in championship standings with two top-five and five top-10 finishes across 12 starts. The 22-year-old driver enters this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn having reeled off nine consecutive top-15 finishes. Overall in 30 career starts in NASCAR's second division, he has one pole, two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. In his lone start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, he qualified 19th and finished 18th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.

"I was already really looking forward to going back to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and now that I have a New England based company onboard as my sponsor it makes it that much more exciting," said Kligerman, the only New Englander who competes full-time in the Nationwide Series. "The neat thing is that my mom was one of North American Power's first customers -- so I know firsthand the money that they save their customers, how dedicated they are to providing homegrown renewable energy and the amazing things they do for charity. They are also the official power supplier of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, so it would make it that much sweeter for everyone involved if we can put our No. 77 North American Power Camry in victory lane."

"We are excited to partner with Parker and his Kyle Busch Motorsports team in their quest for victory in the New England 200," said Kerry Breitbart, CEO of North American Power. "Not only is he a terrific driver, but he shares our commitment to involving charity and community in his success. We look forward to inviting our customers, charity partners and independent representatives to share in the thrill of New Hampshire racing." 

About North American Power 

Founded in 2009 by energy veterans, Kerry Breitbart and Carey Turnbull, North American Power is one of the nation¹s fastest-growing energy suppliers, earning a spot on Forbes list of America¹s Most Promising Companies. Underscored by a commitment to community and sustainability, North American Power is giving Americans the ability to choose renewable energy at competitive rates with the flip of a switch, plus the opportunity to give back to charity and earn money by referring friends and family. North American Power currently serves over 250,000 customers nationwide. For more information, visit www.napower.com

About Kyle Busch MotorsportsKyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) has quickly established itself as one of the most successful teams in all of NASCAR. Owned by NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch and fueled by his passion for winning, the team captured the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner's Championship in its inaugural season and collected 18 Truck Series victories over its first three seasons. With a foundation of success entrenched in its Truck Series program, KBM added a NASCAR Nationwide Series program in 2012, registering 1 win, 3 poles and 4 runner-up finishes in its debut campaign.  In 2013, the team fields three youngsters chasing a driver's championship - Parker Kligerman in the Nationwide Series and Joey Coulter and Darrell Wallace Jr. in the Truck Series - while Busch teams with young drivers Chad Hackenbracht and Erik Jones in a quest for the Truck Series Owner's Championship.

KBM prepares a fleet of race-winning Toyotas out of its 77,000-square-foot facility in Mooresville, N.C. Pending LEED certification, the facility's state-of-the art equipment and innovative green initiatives make it unmatched among its peers. Fans can stay up-to-date with all the latest KBM news online at www.KyleBuschMotorsports.com, by liking the team on Facebook (KBMteam) and by following the team on Twitter (@KBMteam) and Google+ (+KBMteam).