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NH Senate Republicans - ICYMI: Governor Hassan is ignoring growing problems in her administration 

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By Sen. Sharon Carson and Rep. Lynne Ober- Oct 22, 2014 

It is long past time for Governor Maggie Hassan to take responsibility for the growing problems in her Administration, and get state government under control.


We found out last week that Hassan missed her budget taret by $7.3 million, not including raiding $15 million from the surplus left over from the last Republican budget. That means that she missed her budget target by $22 million, even as state revenues continue to come in on target. New Hampshire’s slowly improving economy can’t keep up with Hassan’s rate of spending.


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently reported that it’s on track to overspend $40 million this year. As a result of this overspending, and the Governor’s budget shortfall, she is now asking other state departments to find $30 million in spending cuts. On Hassan’s watch, the state’s finances are falling apart.


Our Rainy Day Fund is down to just $9 million, barely enough to cover two days of state government. Hassan opposed efforts to build it back up.


The New Hampshire Retirement System is dangerously underfunded, and will need to come up with $5 billion to cover unfunded liabilities. Hassan opposes any meaningful reform.


Bond rating agencies have noticed these threats, and this year downgraded the outlook on New Hampshire bonds from stable to negative. If our bond rating deteriorates any further, taxpayers will be forced to pay more to finance capital construction projects.


Mistreatment of rank and file employees from agency management is so rampant that state employees urged the Legislature to pass a bill restoring professional standards to state government, which passed the House with large bipartisan support, was amended and passed by the Senate. But Hassan vetoed it, and the House failed to override her veto.


The Sununu Youth Service Center is in turmoil. This leaves both the children incarcerated there and the local community at risk. This year, one of the buildings burned to the ground, yet the Hassan Administration is at a loss to explain what happened to the public. The Legislature crafted a bipartisan agreement to bring oversight to this rogue agency. Hassan vetoed it, and then launched a campaign to convince House Democrats to sustain her veto.


Maggie Hassan has gutted New Hampshire’s campaign finance system, launching a scheme to bring in unlimited special interest PAC donations to fund her re-election effort. She was forced to return $22,000 in illegal donations, but opened the floodgates to literally unlimited PAC spending in future elections.


She continues to blame the Republican Legislature elected in 2010 for all of her problems, and repeatedly criticized the Senate Republican budget that eventually became the basis of our current budget. Yet now, she tries to take credit for that same budget.


Although she continues to claim that her Administration doesn’t have a spending problem, even as she scrambles to cut spending, a quick look at September revenues shows that the state has collected $2.4 million more than planned for the First Quarter of FY15. How can she say there isn’t a spending problem when revenues are on track?


Time and again, Hassan chooses partisanship games over governing. She calls Republicans names, while claiming to be a bipartisan problem solver. Time and again, Hassan has refused to admit the failures of her Administration.


The Hassan Administration has many growing problems, but we’re not going to see any improvement until the Governor herself steps up and finally takes some responsibility.


Sen. Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry, chairs the Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rep. Lynne Ober, R-Hudson, serves on the House Finance Committee.


NHDP - Failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Baseless Attacks Against Governor Hassan’s Bipartisan Accomplishments Fall Flat at Nashua Chamber Forum 

Manchester, NH – Earlier today, failed CEO Walt Havenstein's baseless attacks against Governor Hassan's bipartisan accomplishments and leadership were swiftly refuted at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce forum. Havenstein stumbled when faced with the reality of Governor Hassan's bipartisan accomplishments.  

“This morning's painful exchange reinforces how desperate failed CEO Walt Havenstein has become with his false attacks on Governor Hassan's bipartisan leadership," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. "The Governor's record of bipartisan accomplishments speaks for itself: she passed the most bipartisan budget in over a decade with no sales or income tax, worked with both parties and the business community to pass a bipartisan transportation bill to fix New Hampshire's roads and bridges, including finishing the completion of I-93, and reached a bipartisan compromise to expand health care to 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters." 

"Havenstein, on the other hand, is a failed CEO who drove defense contractor SAIC into a ditch. Now, Havenstein is pushing a Koch Brothers 'plan' that would do to New Hamsphire what he did to SAIC. No matter how many false and misleading attacks Havenstein launches, he won't be able to hide his disastrous record as CEO of SAIC and his Koch Brothers agenda that would hurt New Hampshire's families, businesses and economy," added Lesswing.

See here for footage of the exchange at this morning's candidate forum

See below for a transcription of the exchange:
Moderator: But I'm going to push on that a little bit more. She had Medicaid Expansion...

Havenstein: Medicaid Expansion...
Moderator: ... which was bipartisan in it's passage from the... it was absolutely bipartisan when it came out.

Havenstein: You have... everything has to be bipartisan if it gets signed. Right? At some point. But be very careful...

Moderator: But what you're saying is that toxic partisanship means that she doesn't work at all with Republicans. That's how I define 'toxic partisanship'. It's that she will not work with Republicans. She passed Medicaid Expansion. She got the gas tax increase, which was actually led by a Republican State Senator.  When you look at these state Supreme Court decisions against the hospital, or in favor of the hospitals...

Havenstein: You mean the MET? 

Moderator: Yep, on the MET. She was able to bring all but one hospital in the state together, and many of the CEOs of those hospitals are ardent Republicans themselves. I think there are some good examples where she can credibly say, 'I have been bipartisan in my leadership'."

Havenstein: Okay... 

Moderator: Alright [laughs]. 

Havenstein: We'll just have to agree to disagree.



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on Walt Havenstein's victory in tonight's NH1 News Debate:


"Tonight, Maggie Hassan demonstrated why she does not deserve a second term. Because of her reckless, budget-busting spending habits, New Hampshire is in the red and her only choice forward will be an income tax. She has repeatedly lied to her constituents about her failure to grow the economy in our state, and has demonstrated no leadership on the important issues facing New Hampshire families like the upcoming utility rate hikes, who are already hurting because of the gas tax she signed into law earlier this year. Walt Havenstein will bring real solutions to Concord and create good paying jobs for New Hampshire's middle class, and that's why voters will choose him on Election Day."


NHDP Statement on Tonight's Gubernatorial Debate 

Manchester, NH – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement after tonight’s New Hampshire gubernatorial debate:

“Tonight's gubernatorial debate featured failed CEO Walt Havenstein once again pushing his so-called economic 'plan' that would blow a $90 million hole in the state’s budget to give more tax giveaways to big businesses and take New Hampshire back to the Bill O’Brien era of devastating cuts to higher education, public safety and infrastructure. Havenstein also repeatedly dodged questions about signing the Koch Brothers pledge that would take away health care from 50,000 Granite Staters and repeal the bipartisan transportation plan that's fixing New Hampshire’s roads and bridges, including finishing the completion of I-93.”

“Time and time again Havenstein has proven that he puts his own interests first, no matter who gets hurt, which is why Granite Staters will continue to stand with Governor Hassan who is solving problems the New Hampshire way and keeping our state moving in the right direction.”


Josiah Bartlett Center - Two Billion Dollar Spending Increase is Fantasy Theater that Should End 

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The executive branch just proposed a $2 billion increase in state spending and no one wants to talk about it. The budget process starts in October and the executive branch proposed spending $12.5 billion. Everyone involved admits this is an unrealistic and ridiculous place to start but no one wants to disown it just yet. Everyone involved in state budgeting should publicly repudiate the requests as unrealistic fantasies and commit to repealing the law that supposedly requires this bit of theater.

The state adopts a two-year budget in June each odd-numbered year but the process begins eight months earlier in the October preceding each general election. The governor’s final proposal must be presented in February but four months earlier her department heads are required by law to present their initial budgets. That initial budget this year asks for $12.5 billion over two years compared to the $10.5 authorized for the current budget....Click here to keep reading