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Wednesday
Sep032014

NHDP - ICYMI: Concord Monitor Editorial: "Candidates’ tax-cut plans wrongheaded" 

ICYMI: Concord Monitor Editorial: "Candidates’ tax-cut plans wrongheaded"

Key Point: “Havenstein, if elected, would push to lower the state’s Business Profits Tax from 8.5 percent to 7.4 percent, something that he magically believes would create 25,000 new jobs. He offers no evidence to support that belief, and history suggests it’s misplaced.

“What the tax cuts proposed by both candidates would do is reduce the state’s ability to pay for the things that make New Hampshire attractive to employers and the young families the state wants to attract, among them good schools, safe roads, well-kept parks, good public services, a clean and beautiful environment, and affordable higher education.”

See below for excerpts or here for the full editorial:

George H.W. Bush called the notion that cutting taxes would increase economic activity, thus creating jobs and increasing federal revenue, “vodoo economics.”

So-called supply-side economics didn’t pan out for President Ronald Reagan, who increased taxes. As a theory it’s largely been discredited, but its something-for-nothing allure remains so strong that the idea refuses to die.

Three decades later, supply-side notions such as those that underlie the tax plans of New Hampshire Republican gubernatorial candidates Andrew Hemingway and Walt Havenstein should more rightly be called zombie economics. They are the walking dead, yet still capable of doing harm.

Havenstein, if elected, would push to lower the state’s Business Profits Tax from 8.5 percent to 7.4 percent, something that he magically believes would create 25,000 new jobs. He offers no evidence to support that belief, and history suggests it’s misplaced.

Analyses by the national Economic Policy Institute, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, among many others, show that cutting corporate taxes has little or no effect on a business’s decision to relocate, expand or hire more workers.

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According to research cited by the Fiscal Policy Institute, business taxes in New Hampshire are already lower than in most states. And in every state, business taxes make up only a small component of business expenses and thus have limited influence on business decision-making. Other factors – an educated workforce, good schools, quality of life, state of the infrastructure, access to markets and the like – are far more important.

What the tax cuts proposed by both candidates would do is reduce the state’s ability to pay for the things that make New Hampshire attractive to employers and the young families the state wants to attract, among them good schools, safe roads, well-kept parks, good public services, a clean and beautiful environment, and affordable higher education.

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The tax cuts proposed by Hemingway and Havenstein would take the state backward, not forward.

Monday
Sep012014

Garcia For Congress (CD2) - ICYMI: Amnesty? Garcia is against it 

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In case you missed it, the New Hampshire Union Leader recently featured this editorial which addresses Gary Lambert’s dishonest claims regarding Marilinda Garcia’s stance on immigration. According to the article:

“In the Republican primary in the 2nd Congressional District, moderate Gary Lambert has been hiding his own lack of substance by misrepresenting Marilinda Garcia's positions.”

The article went on to say “Lambert now charges that Garcia is for amnesty for illegal aliens. He does not know what that means, either. Garcia advocates securing the border and apprehending and deporting those who are streaming over it.

Close observers of this primary are coming to the conclusion that on issue after issue, Gary Lambert has no idea what he is talking about. 

Marilinda Garcia is by far the best candidate in this race. She has the vision, intelligence and integrity to be a great representative in Congress. Republicans will make a big mistake if they let misleading, ignorant attacks deter them from choosing Garcia on Sept. 9.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Saturday
Aug022014

Brown For US Senate - ICYMI: FOSTER'S DAILY DEMOCRAT: EDITORIAL: BROWN IS ON TOP OF THE ISSUES 

 

 

 

 

 

 In Case You Missed It:
Foster's Daily Democrat: Brown Is On Top Of The Issues

 By Editorial, Foster's Daily Democrat
August 1, 2014


It’s fair to say Scott Brown brings a laser-like focus to the task in front of him. That task is winning the Republican primary race for the United States Senate and the right to challenge Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen.

During our hour-long editorial board meeting with Brown Wednesday, there was nary an issue on which this former U.S. senator was not up to speed.
>From immigration and the deficit to any one of a number of foreign policy concerns — Israel, Iran, Iraq, etc. — Brown had done his homework.

This is not to say we agree with Brown on all the issues covered, such as his approach to making college affordable. What impressed us was the breadth of knowledge and his ability to communicate his point of view.

It is fair to say (or write, as is the case) that it has been a long time since a candidate, for any office, was able to cogently cover as many topics in such a short time as Brown.



While Brown has a game plan on issues like veterans affairs and the federal government’s role in education, he is not an ideologue.



In Brown’s case, however, he comes closer to native status than many of those we have elected to public office from both parties. And we would argue his ties to New Hampshire — from his familial history in settlement years of the region to his parents’ time at Pease Air Force Base, to moving here to be closer to his mother in her later years — all add to his qualifications to serve New Hampshire.



Click here to read the full article

 

Tuesday
Jul082014

NHDP - Telegraph Editorial: When failing is a badge of honor 

Telegraph Editorial: When failing is a badge of honor

 

A House member who received an “F” from AFP was labeled an “opponent of prosperity.”
 
Some would call it a badge of honor.
 
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they do the state a disservice when they champion the politics of division by attempting to couch themselves as knights of prosperity holding off legislative dragons who would bankrupt the state by casting reckless votes for better roads and schools, improved mental health services and health care for the poor, to name a few.
 
The real offense committed by AFP’s dragons is in not being a slave to narrow-minded dogma.
 
The implication that those not aligned with AFP-NH and the tea party somehow care less about the prosperity of New Hampshire is an affront to the state’s history of public servants whose preference for keeping taxes low was established well before AFP was even a glint in the eyes of the billionaire brothers Koch.
 
Our public servants have long valued low taxes, but also good roads, the environment and the well-being of the state’s people. Because they’ve also understood that a slave to even the best ideology is still, in the end, just a slave.
Thursday
Jul032014

NHDP - ICYMI: Concord Monitor Editorial Calls Out Scott Brown And Walt Havenstein for "Disingenuous" Rhetoric on Women's Health

Key Point: "Contraceptive services are a fundamental and at times life-saving aspect of women’s health care. By ruling the way it did, the Supreme Court has opened the door for religion and politics to control access to those services. Despite their protestations to the contrary, that is exactly what Brown and Havenstein are championing."

Concord Monitor Editorial: Talk is cheap when it comes to women’s health

If you hear the words, “I’m not racist, but . . .” you can be certain you are about to hear something racist.

Likewise, if a Republican candidate in New Hampshire says, “I fully support women’s access to health care, but . . .,” you can bet he or she is about to celebrate a decision that limits a woman’s access to health care.

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that it is a violation of religious freedom to require a family-owned corporation to provide insurance coverage for contraception under Obamacare.

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Not only do the words of Brown and Havenstein appear disingenuous, which the candidates seemingly acknowledge with their hands-up defensive posturing, but they do nothing but add to the noise inside the Republican vortex of unceasing cynicism. If the political schadenfreude directed at the Affordable Care Act doesn’t convince voters that candidates like Brown and Havenstein are more interested in destruction than construction, then nothing will.

Contraceptive services are a fundamental and at times life-saving aspect of women’s health care. By ruling the way it did, the Supreme Court has opened the door for religion and politics to control access to those services. Despite their protestations to the contrary, that is exactly what Brown and Havenstein are championing.