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NH Senate Leadership objects to Governor’s plan to cut nursing home funding  

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) and Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) issued the following statement in response to Governor Hassan’s plan to cut $7 million from New Hampshire nursing homes in order to make up for the department’s spending shortfall.

“New Hampshire nursing homes didn’t create this problem, and they shouldn’t have to pay for it,” Morse said.

“It is unacceptable that cuts are being made, particularly for services like nursing homes, where operating budgets are already very tight each year. The unexpected cuts to these organizations could have serious impact on how they are able to operate,” Morse added.

“The Legislature clearly directed these funds be spent on nursing home reimbursements. The Governor approved the raid of funds dedicated to our county and private nursing homes as part of her effort to fill the budget shortfall in DHHS. However, the budget, signed by Governor Hassan, does not allow this action per a footnote explicitly prohibiting transfers or reductions of the state’s nursing home funding,” said Forrester.

“There are four nursing homes in my district that will have to absorb around $700,000 because of the Governor’s cuts. The likely outcome will be a cost downshift to taxpayers in the three counties my district covers. This is the unfortunate result of the Governor’s inability to responsibly manage the state’s budget,” Forrester continued.

“We passed a manageable budget that the Governor signed into law and have seen revenues coming in just above our conservative estimates each month.  By all measures, the state should be able to live within its financial means,” said Morse.

The Department of Health and Human Services latest budget dashboard shows it exceeding its Fiscal Year 2015 budget by $58 million.


NHDP - ICYMI: Governor Hassan Lays Out Vision for a Stronger, More Innovative Economic Future 

Concord, NH – Yesterday, Governor Maggie Hassan was sworn in for a second term as New Hampshire’s 81st Governor, pledging to continue fighting for the priorities that will support small businesses, expand opportunity for middle class families, and move our economy forward.
Governor Hassan outlined a bold vision for the future where we continue to hold down the cost of higher education, maintain our commitment to ensuring access to quality, affordable health care, and finally raise the minimum wage for hard-working Granite Staters.
See below for a roundup of coverage from Governor Hassan’s inauguration:
WMUR: Governor calls for bipartisan action to help economy
Gov. Maggie Hassan called for a commitment to helping the middle class, strengthening the state's economy and establishing a commuter rail from Boston to Manchester in her second inaugural address Thursday. The governor said the state must adapt to changing economic pressures to help workers, businesses and students.
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Union Leader: Gov. Hassan, in inaugural speech, urges creativity and new approaches to address problems
Gov. Maggie Hassan in her inaugural speech Thursday urged lawmakers and the state to take a different approach to solving the state’s problems after she was sworn in for her second term. She touted a creative approach that looks outside the box to bring about solutions to lingering problems such as affordable housing, high energy prices, the escalating cost of higher education and greater opportunities for young people so they do not move out of state.
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Concord Monitor: Hassan focuses on commuter rail, minimum wage and low education costs in inaugural address
Gov. Maggie Hassan kicked off her second term yesterday pledging support to increase the state’s minimum wage and bring a commuter rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester. In her noontime inaugural address, Hassan framed many of her goals to improve the state’s economic climate – from keeping higher education and health care costs low, to improving access to child care and maintaining Medicaid expansion.
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Nashua Telegraph: Hassan pushes for strong economic growth during inaugural speech
During her second inaugural address, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan called for a stronger commitment to education and low-cost energy to help grow the economy while advocating for the expansion of commuter rail from Boston into the Granite State. Hassan lobbied Thursday for updated science and mathematics benchmarks, as well as a push to retain younger workers by offering services favored by middle-class families during her inaugural address. She also reiterated her support for a higher minimum wage and greater access to health care options, listing them as some of her second term priorities to build an innovation economy.
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Associated Press: Gov. Hassan highlights rail, energy supply as priorities
Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan put a priority on bringing commuter rail to New Hampshire, increasing the state's natural gas supply and raising the minimum wage in her inaugural address Thursday to kick off her second two-year term.
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Nashua Telegraph: Nashua student recognized by Hassan during inauguration
CONCORD – A Nashua High School South student received special recognition Thursday from Gov. Maggie Hassan, who praised the teenager’s innovative purification system and her undaunted attitude in facing the global challenge of providing safe drinking water. […]“It was pretty amazing,” Deepika said. “I’m very honored that (the governor) acknowledged me and I’m also very happy that she’s taking a real interest in science, technology, engineering and math; and education in New Hampshire as a whole.” 
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Concord Monitor: After inauguration, governor welcomes visitors to State House reception
When Madison Tucker heard the governor would be hosting an open house at the State House, the 10-year-old immediately knew where she needed to be last night.
“I was like . . .” One moment, actually. Madison paused, eyes widening, to properly illustrate her reaction to this particular classroom announcement from her teacher at Christa McAuliffe School in Concord. She gasped. Moving on. “I need to tell my father,” she thought, “because I need to go. I want to meet her.”
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NHPR: State House Open House Features Made In New Hampshire Goods
Following the inauguration ceremonies earlier in the day, the State House was opened to the public last night for children’s activities, music and more. Governor Hassan was on hand to meet with residents and take pictures. In the State House cafeteria, local businesses showcased their products like apples with edible prints on the skin, toffee and wine stoppers.
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NH House Majority Leader Reacts to Governor's Inauguration Address 

CONCORD - House Republican Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) offered the following comments in reaction to Governor Hassan’s inaugural address:


House Republican Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)


“Governor Hassan offered a lot of broad goals, with little specifics on how to reach them. Republicans share concern about our economy, job creation, and energy prices, but we’ll have very different solutions. Republicans have a common-sense legislative agenda that we believe will keep our pledge to protect taxpayers and make New Hampshire more business friendly.”


“I’m happy that the Governor shares our desire for a balanced state budget. However, we should remember that two years ago Governor Hassan proposed a budget that was immediately rejected by Republicans as a result of higher taxes, higher spending, and unrealistic revenue estimates.”

“In order for the Governor to fulfill her commitment to bipartisan solutions, we will need her to work with us to ensure our government lives within its means without relying on new or increased taxes and fees.”


NHDP Statement on Governor Maggie Hassan’s Inauguration 

CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Governor Maggie Hassan’s inauguration for a second term as New Hampshire’s 81st Governor:

“Today, as she was sworn in for her second term, Governor Hassan pledged to continue fighting for the priorities that will support small businesses, expand opportunity for middle class families, and move our economy forward.

“New Hampshire Democrats are inspired by Governor Hassan’s vision for a future where we continue to hold down the cost of higher education, maintain our commitment to ensuring access to quality, affordable health care, and finally raise the minimum wage for hard-working Granite Staters.

“Governor Hassan has proven that she knows how to bring together members of both parties to get results for our people and economy, and Granite Staters know that we are in good hands under the Governor’s strong bipartisan leadership.”



NH Senate Republicans encourage Governor Hassan to control state spending 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Not the time for business tax increases


Concord, NH – Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) issued the following statements regarding Governor Hassan’s request to the Legislative Fiscal Committee to cut state spending:


Morse: “We are pleased that Governor Hassan is bringing forward spending cuts to begin to address New Hampshire's growing budget deficit. Revenues for this year have come in slightly above the budget plan. The real problem is the overspending that has taken place since the Legislature passed a responsible budget in 2013. I hope the Governor continues to encourage her state agencies to keep their budgets conservative. “


Bradley: “The Legislature will come in under budget again this year, and will continue to find additional savings in its budget. But I remain concerned that today's proposed cuts don't go far enough.  The Governor should direct her department heads to spend less.  I’m also troubled that the Governor is clearly opening the door to higher business taxes, just as New Hampshire’s economy is starting to move out of neutral.”