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Saturday
Mar212015

NH GOP - SUNSHINE WEEK: WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT HASSAN'S SECRET ADMINISTRATION 

All Of This Is Bad"; "What Could She Be Hiding"; "Nixonian"; "Hardly Transparent"; "Actions Fall Far Short Of Her Words"; "Troubling"

 

Union Leader: Executive secrecy: Hassan's Nixonian move

 

"Gov. Maggie Hassan will not let the public see public budget documents. The people ought to wonder why."

 

"If the governor gets away with creating a new legal precedent here, the public's right to know will be permanently damaged. What could she be hiding that would be worth that price?"

 

Nashua Telegraph: Two sentences in the state Constitution

 

"If the governor attends a political fundraiser or some other event in another state, the people of New Hampshire should know that. The dissemination of such information is one of the ways people can be sure that the state isn't being run by an absentee governor or one who is being unduly distracted by political considerations...the governor's claim that she isn't bound by the Right-to-Know Law is troubling"

 

Concord Monitor: Despite claims of transparency, Gov. Hassan refuses to release proposals to make state government more efficient

 

"Gov. Maggie Hassan says she's all about government efficiency and transparency. But when it comes to efficiency in government spending, she's hardly transparent."

 

"Ultimately, this fight is about more than the information contained in these government documents, it's about whether Hassan walks the talk and allows New Hampshire's government to be open and responsive to its people."

 

Union Leader: Hassan's hide & seek: Playing games with public records

 

"Gov. Maggie Hassan is going to extraordinary legnths to deny the public - and lawmakers - access to public records. Why?"

 

"All of this is bad, but the governor's next step ices the cake. The Monitor has reported that the governor asked her department heads to forward all requests for the budget documents to her office. She is deliberately trying to shift public documents from the public domain to the corner office, where they will be shielded from the right-to-know law, and thus from public scrutiny."

 

Nashua Telegraph: A rooster crows at the Statehouse

 

"Gov. Maggie Hassan has a credibility problem. The governor, who is just starting her second two-year term, likes to talk about "transparency," but a story in the Concord Monitor on Sunday makes it clear that her actions fall far short of her words."

 

"Then again, given the gap between what the governor says and what she sometimes does, that may also be the reason she wants to keep them secret."

 

Tuesday
Mar172015

NHDP - ICYMI: Concord Monitor Op-Ed: State’s citizens deserve more efficient government 

Key Point: "The Governor’s Commission on Innovation, Efficiency, and Transparency, on which we both served with 16 leaders from the business, nonprofit, higher education, and state and local government sectors, was empaneled to better understand and to improve the way state government operates."

"...The foundation for all the commission’s recommendations is the appointment of a chief operating officer for the executive branch, reporting to the governor with appropriate responsibility, resources and authority to drive innovation, efficiency and transparency across the executive branch."
 
Concord Monitor: My Turn: State’s citizens deserve more efficient government
By Eric Herr and Ed DuPont 
http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/16074524-95/my-turn-states-citizens-deserve-more-efficient-government
 
(Eric Herr was chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Innovation, Efficiency and Transparency. Ed DuPont, president of the DuPont Group and a former state senator and president of the Senate, was a member of the commission.)

New Hampshire is the “Live Free or Die” state by word and action. Yet the small state government that the Founding Fathers envisioned and that we embrace still has grown to be a large, complex institution with thousands of employees, nearly $6 billion in annual expenditures and hundreds of partners.

But the state government’s operating management structure, tools, processes and technology have not evolved with the increasing scale and complexity of state government. That failure comes at a price in terms of effectiveness and efficiency, and the citizens of New Hampshire bear the price. For them, it means a state government that is costlier, slower, less innovative and less responsive than it could or should be. What they deserve is state government that is innovative, persistently drives efficiency and is fully transparent, rather than one committed to management by momentum.

The Governor’s Commission on Innovation, Efficiency, and Transparency, on which we both served with 16 leaders from the business, nonprofit, higher education, and state and local government sectors, was empaneled to better understand and to improve the way state government operates. Our charge was to address the way state government operates, not the essential political task of deciding what state government does.

Two observations became clear quickly in our deliberations. First, doing things the same old way, with even fewer resources and just lower expenses, will not make state government more efficient or produce better results for the citizens of New Hampshire. Rather, managing via momentum will merely extend and deepen the state’s fiscal distress, accelerate pressures to reduce services, and further strain the state’s workforce.

And second, there is no silver bullet, no single action that will deliver the state government of the future that the citizens of New Hampshire deserve. So the commission proposed a series of changes, some small and others quite significant, that taken together would begin to transform the way state government operates: its operating structure, processes and culture.

The foundation for all the commission’s recommendations is the appointment of a chief operating officer for the executive branch, reporting to the governor with appropriate responsibility, resources and authority to drive innovation, efficiency and transparency across the executive branch.

Why this action? Why this investment? Because transforming the actions of an institution as large and complex as the executive branch requires dedicated, senior focus on operations. The incumbent must be someone the most senior executives in the branch will regard as a peer, someone who can be an effective junior partner to the governor and earn the trust and confidence of the Legislature and Executive Council. It requires the expertise to bring a seasoned financial, operating and technology perspective to the decisions of the executive branch. It will require an executive capable of making investment decisions to drive innovation and yet also stimulate innovation from the people who really do the work. It will require the diplomatic skills to enable the executive branch to capture economies across departments and agencies. It will require the skill to broaden the branch’s near-exclusive focus on expense control to include results and resource productivity. In short, it must be someone capable of driving specific innovative efforts and yet also capable of beginning to transform the culture of the executive branch.

True, this is no “free lunch.” This is an investment built on the pragmatic assumption that dedicating senior operating management to innovation, efficiency and transparency will produce significant returns. Even a one-hundredth of 1 percent annual improvement in efficiency driven by this effort will more than pay for the investment. The proof, of course, will be in the results, which should be closely monitored by the governor, the Executive Council and the Legislature. It is clear from our work on the governor’s commission that ample opportunities exist, yet they are not being realized. If nothing changes in the operation of state government, they won’t be.

Some will argue that now is not the time, that current fiscal constraints are just too severe. We would argue that now is precisely the time, because without significant change in the way state government operates, the fiscal pressure will continue to spiral upward and operating performance will drift lower.

The essential first step in this journey is the creation of the office of the chief operating officer with job descriptions, adequate budgets and tangible targets for innovation, efficiency and transparency improvements.
Friday
Mar132015

NHGOP URGES HASSAN TO REVERSE COURSE ON NURSING HOME RAID 

Hassan's Harmful Cuts Set to Strip Millions from Vulnerable Nursing Home Residents

 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement ahead of today's scheduled vote on Senate Bill 8, which would block Governor Hassan's harmful cuts to New Hampshire nursing homes:

 

"Governor Hassan's plan to slash millions of dollars in funding for New Hampshire's nursing homes is outrageous, and her shocking attempt to balance her mismanaged budget on the backs of nursing home residents is utterly shameful. New Hampshire seniors should not suffer because of her reckless mismanagement of the state budget. It is time for Governor Hassan to listen to the responsible Republicans in the state legislature, and fully commit to keeping New Hampshire's promise to nursing home residents."

 

According to the Associated Press, Governor Hassan's irresponsible plan to rob millions from New Hampshire nursing homes to cover her spending problem "could result in higher taxes, layoffs or diminished services."

 

Background:

 

Nursing home residents: Restore $7 million (Associated Press, 02/13/15)

 

Overspending budget erodes trust in state (Nashua Telegraph, 02/12/15)

 

Senate Bill 8 passes Senate Finance Committee 6-0 (General Court, Page 7)

Friday
Mar132015

NHDP - NH House GOP Tries to Keep Budget Decisions Out of the Light of Day 

NH1 News Political Report Details Major “Transparency No-No” from Republicans on House Finance Committee
 

Concord, N.H. – Kevin Landrigan’s NH1 News Political Report details a major “transparency no-no” from New Hampshire House Republicans as they attempted to hold “public” budget meetings in a room closed off from the public and the press.
 
NH1 News reports, “A House Finance Committee working group narrowly averted a Right-to-Know crisis this week. Division 2 of the budget subcommittee made plans to meet during Wednesday's House session in the legislative break room. Oops! That's a transparency no-no since only legislators - not the public or the press - are allowed in that anteroom. They called off the discussion noting they had failed to publicly notice the session far enough in advance.”
 
“It’s disturbing that House Republicans tried to keep their budget decisions out of the light of day and only moved their meeting to a public room after coming under fire for their complete lack of transparency,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “This latest episode further shows that New Hampshire Republicans’ political posturing on transparency is nothing but cheap talk.”
Friday
Mar132015

NH Sen Forrester hails restoration of nursing home funding 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

 

SB 8 blocks $7 million Hassan raid on nursing home, home health care

 

Concord, NH – Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) issued the following statement on the Senate’s 16-8 vote to pass SB 8, which would block Governor Maggie Hassan’s proposed raid of $7 million from nursing home and home health care reimbursement:

 

“The state budget that the Senate passed unanimously and the Governor signed into law specifically protected these nursing home and home health care funds from being cut to pay for other spending. The Governor has chosen to ignore that part of the law, and this bill would restore the intent of the budget we all agreed to,” Forrester said.

 

The Legislative Fiscal Committee asked the Attorney General’s Office how the Governor was able to transfer money from the nursing homes despite a provision in the budget preventing such a transfer. Since the money that Hassan wants to take is matched by the federal government, her raid would actually end up costing nursing homes and home health care providers $14 million.

 

“When we passed our budget two years ago, we made a promise to reimburse nursing homes and home health providers for the services they provide to Medicaid patients,” Forrester concluded. “This bill would make sure we keep that promise.”