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Wednesday
Jun242015

NH GOP - JOHN LYNCH VS. MAGGIE HASSAN ON RECKLESS BUDGET VETO 

"While we had many disagreements with Governor Lynch, he realized that vetoing the state budget would 'create chaos in state government' and generate 'serious repercussions' for our state. Governor Hassan is putting her political ambitions before New Hampshire's best interests by threatening a reckless veto that could put critical state services at risk. It is time for the governor to end her partisan attacks, follow the example set by Governor Lynch, and stop playing politics with New Hampshire's fiscal integrity." - Jennifer Horn

 

In June 2011, Governor John Lynch Let Budget Bill Pass Without His Signature

Lynch Said A Veto Would, "Create Chaos In State Government." "However, a veto, which would likely be overridden by the GOP, had the potential to create what Lynch called 'chaos in state government,' in the ensuing partisan battle." (Tom Fahey, "Lynch To Allow Budget To Become Law Without His Signature," New Hampshire Union Leader6/24/2011)

  • Lynch Refused To Veto The Budget Because Of The Risk Of A Government Shutdown. "If a stalemate developed over a veto, Lynch said, residents would face a possible shutdown of state government, with disruptions to parks and essential business such as driver's license renewals and road repairs." (Tom Fahey, "Lynch To Allow Budget To Become Law Without His Signature," New Hampshire Union Leader6/24/2011) 
     
  • Lynch Also Worried About The Impact A Shutdown Would Have On The State's Credit Rating And State Employees. LYNCH: "There could be serious repercussions to the people of our great state if there is no budget in place on July 1: vital services could be unavailable to our citizens, including everything from driver's license renewal services, permitting required for businesses and critical road repairs. Also, state parks could be closed for the Fourth of July, employees and private contractors wouldn't get paid and our state credit rating could be impacted." (Gov. John Lynch, "Governor Will Let Budget Bills Become Law Without His Signature," Press Release, 6/24/2011)

  • Lynch Conceded A Veto Would Not Lead To A Better Budget. LYNCH: "Given the legislature's rejection of proposed remedies to the problems in the budget, it is clear that a veto would not lead to a better budget." (Gov. John Lynch, "Governor Will Let Budget Bills Become Law Without His Signature," Press Release, 6/24/2011)

  • The New Hampshire Legislature Supported Governor Lynch's Decision. "Speaker of the House William O'Brien said, 'it is great news for New Hampshire that Gov. Lynch realizes the importance of having a budget that lives within our means and delivers tax cuts that will grow our economy.' Senate President Peter Bragdon said Lynch's decision is 'good news for New Hampshire taxpayers. Our spending plan for the next two years is balanced, lives within our means and does not raise taxes or fees.' House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, R-Salem, said, 'While the governor will certainly not be awarded any profiles in courage by not signing this budget, we are glad that he decided not to stand in the way.'" (Tom Fahey, "Lynch To Allow Budget To Become Law Without His Signature," New Hampshire Union Leader,6/24/2011)

In June 2015, Governor Maggie Hassan Announced Her Intent To Veto Budget Bill

Hassan Vowed To Veto The State Budget Because Of "Unfunded Tax Cuts For Big Corporations." "Because this budget is unbalanced, dishonest about what it funds, and includes unpaid-for business tax cuts that create a more than $90 million budget hole at the expense of critical economic priorities, I will veto it if it comes to my desk as it is." (Gov. Maggie Hassan, "Republican Budget Is Fiscally Irresponsible and Unbalanced, Will Veto If Comes to Desk As It Is," Press Release, 6/18/15)

 

The Associated Press Headline: "Hassan Takes Strong Stand Against Business Tax Cuts." (Kathleen Ronayne, "Hassan Takes Strong Stand Against Business Tax Cuts," The Associated Press, 6/18/15)

 

Hassan's Veto Threat "Was A Departure From Her Traditional Approach Of Portraying Herself As Bipartisan..."

 

Hassan's Budget Veto Threat "Was A Departure From Her Traditional Approach Of Portraying Herself As Bipartisan, Willing To Work Across The Proverbial Aisle To Reach Compromise."  "But for months, the 'betting' had been that Hassan will not run for re-election and instead take on Ayotte. That has changed in recent weeks, and particularly during the past week, with many Democrats and Republicans, including some Democrats in key positions, now getting the impression that the governor will run for re-election. That belief has been further fueled by the budget battle raging at the State House. Hassan's veto threat, issued on Wednesday night, was a departure from her traditional approach of portraying herself as bipartisan, willing to work across the proverbial aisle to reach compromise -- a theme she would be likely to promote if she were to run for the U.S. Senate. This week, she dug in on the spending plan. Critics say she went uncharacteristically partisan, while supporters say she simply is refusing to bend on key specific budget items." (John DiStaso, "Analysis: Is Hassan Now Leaning Against US Senate Run?," WMUR, 6/19/15)

 

Hassan's Potential Veto Of The State Budget Could Harm Health And Social Service Programs

Social Services Advocates Are Worried That Hassan's Veto Would Harm Their Programs. "But the advocates fear a veto could jeopardize those small advances. They are worried about the uncertainty a veto would create. 'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

  • "Without A Set Spending Plan In Place, Many Health And Social Service Providers Won't Know How Much Money They Get Or Whether Their Programs Could Again Be On The Chopping Block." "The current state budget expires June 30. Without a set spending plan in place, many health and social service providers won't know how much money they get or whether their programs could again be on the chopping block. 'The uncertainty that it creates is the biggest problem,' said Jeff Dickinson, Advocacy Director for Granite State Independent Living." (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

Gina Balkus, An Advocate For Home Health Agencies Said, "This Is Really, From Our Perspective, The Best Budget We've Seen In Years." "But the advocates fear a veto could jeopardize those small advances. They are worried about the uncertainty a veto would create. 'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

  • Balkus: "We Hope Our Needs Don't Get Lost In The Political Fray That Results From A Veto." "But the advocates fear a veto could jeopardize those small advances. They are worried about the uncertainty a veto would create. 'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)
Wednesday
Jun242015

NRSC - WMUR: Republicans remind Lynch in 2011 let GOP budget become law 

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KEY TAKEAWAY: Four years ago, then-Gov. John Lynch strongly opposed the GOP-passed budget, but rather than veto it, he let the package become law without his signature. Lynch said at the time that a veto of the budget had the potential to create “chaos in state government,” including a government shutdown.

Republicans Remind: Lynch in 2011 let GOP budget become law
Hassan’s predecessor cited saying veto could mean ‘chaos in state government’ 
WMUR
John DiStaso
June 23, 2015
http://www.wmur.com/politics/republicans-remind-lynch-in-2011-let-gop-budget-become-law/33720666

The state Republican Party on Tuesday will try to use the words of Gov. Maggie Hassan’s predecessor and fellow Democrat against her as she apparently prepares to veto the two-year spending plan passed by the Republican majority in the Legislature.

Four years ago, then-Gov. John Lynch strongly opposed the GOP-passed budget, but rather than veto it, he let the package become law without his signature.

Lynch said at the time that a veto of the budget had the potential to create “chaos in state government,” including a government shutdown.

The state Republican Party cited a passage from Lynch’s press release, issued on June 24, 2011, in which he said he would let the budget become law without signing it.

“There could be serious repercussions to the people of our great state if there is no budget in place on July 1,” Lynch said in the release. “Vital services could be unavailable to our citizens, including everything from driver's license renewal services, permitting required for businesses and critical road repairs. Also, state parks could be closed for the Fourth of July, employees and private contractors wouldn't get paid and our state credit rating could be impacted.”

Lynch also said at the time, “Given the Legislature's rejection of proposed remedies to the problems in the budget, it is clear that a veto would not lead to a better budget.”

Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn said Monday, “While we had many disagreements with Gov. Lynch, he realized that vetoing the state budget would ‘create chaos in state government’ and generate ‘serious repercussions’ for our state. Gov. Hassan is putting her political ambitions before New Hampshire’s best interests by threatening a reckless veto that could put critical state services at risk. It is time for the governor to end her partisan attacks, follow the example set by Gov. Lynch, and stop playing politics with New Hampshire’s fiscal integrity.”

Horn also cited a Concord Monitor report on June 21, in which Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies, said the current budget is “the best budget we’ve seen in years.”

There are differences between 2011 and 2015, primarily that four years ago, Republicans held a majority large enough to override a veto, while this year they do not. Some Republicans promised in 2011 that if Lynch vetoed the budget, they would make the cuts deeper.

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Wednesday
Jun242015

NRSC - HASSAN SAID IT: A Gov't Shutdown Is “Unconscionable” 

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HASSAN SAID IT …

A Government Shutdown Is “Unconscionable”

WASHINGTON – Governor Maggie Hassan is threatening to veto the budget and shut down the government because of the Legislature's efforts to bring new jobs to New Hampshire. Two years ago, though, she called her own strategy "unconscionable" and motivated by extremism.

"Maggie Hassan called a federal government shutdown 'unconscionable,' but she has no problem threatening to shut down the state government," said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox. "This hypocrisy is further proof that Granite Staters can't trust Maggie Hassan."

BACKGROUND … 

In June 2015, Hassan Vowed To Veto The State Budget Because Of “Unfunded Tax Cuts For Big Corporations.” "I will veto it if it comes to my desk as it is. I have been at the table with Republican leadership and have been clear throughout the process about how we can achieve a bipartisan budget that addresses our shared priorities, but Republican leadership refused to compromise on any of the major issues – most critically their unfunded tax cuts for big corporations.” (Governor Maggie Hassan, “Republican Budget Is Fiscally Irresponsible and Unbalanced, Will Veto If Comes to Desk As It Is,” Press Release, 6/18/15)

In 2013, Hassan Called The Federal Government Shutdown “Unconscionable.” “It is simply unconscionable that, at the expense of  the needs of our people, some members of Congress have chosen to put their extreme ideology first and continue to fight battles they have already lost.” (Gov. Maggie Hassan, “Statement From Governor Hassan On Government Shutdown,” Press Release, 10/1/13)

Wednesday
Jun242015

NH GOP - HEALTH ADVOCATES AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO HASSAN: DON'T VETO BUDGET 

"Worried About The Uncertainty"; "Best Budget We've Seen In Years"; "Disappointing"; "Business Leaders Were Surprised"; "Not Realistic"; "Don't Veto"

 

NH1: "Hassan's Rhetoric About Out-Of-State Tax Cuts Is Disappointing" "The head of the Business and Industry Association says Hassan's rhetoric about out-of-state tax cuts is disappointing. 'Those companies employ tens of thousands of people and some of the best-paying jobs and most important economic jobs in New Hampshire,' said Jim Roche, president of the Business & Industry Association." (Kevin Landrigan, "Cutting business taxes is at center of fight over NH budget," NH1, 6/22/15)

 

Patch: "Uncertainty...Will Further Jeopardize The Health And Safety Of Those We Support" "The uncertainty of a continuing resolution and a six-month delay on the increase will further jeopardize the health and safety of those we support. Providers, such as GSIL, need this new rate today." (Clyde E. Terry (Op-Ed), "A Bird in the Hand...," Patch, 6/22/15)

  • "Don't Veto This Budget" "Lastly, to Governor Hassan - Don't veto this budget; there's a lot of good in it. After all, 'a bird in hand is better than two in the bush.'" (Clyde E. Terry (Op-Ed), "A Bird in the Hand...," Patch, 6/22/15)
  • "Increase That We Haven't Seen In Years" "...this budget contains a home care reimbursement rate increase that we haven't seen in years" (Clyde E. Terry (Op-Ed), "A Bird in the Hand...," Patch, 6/22/15)

Concord Monitor: "Advocates Fear A Veto Could Jeopardize Those Small Advances. They Are Worried About The Uncertainty A Veto Would Create" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

  • "Best Budget We've Seen In Years" "'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)
  • "The Uncertainty That It Creates Is The Biggest Problem" "'The uncertainty that it creates is the biggest problem,' said Jeff Dickinson, Advocacy Director for Granite State Independent Living.'" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

Union Leader: "This Is Not Realistic" "Interestingly, the governor's gap assumes no growth in profits or enterprise value. This is not realistic." (Val Zanchuk (Op-Ed), "Gov. Hassan should not veto the budget over business tax reductions," Union Leader, 6/23/15)

  • "Many Business Leaders Were Surprised" "That's why many business leaders were surprised to hear Gov. Maggie Hassan call these modest tax reductions "unpaid-for tax cuts to big corporations, mostly headquartered out-of-state, that will create a more than $90 million hole in the budget and put corporate special interest ahead of New Hampshire's families..." The modest reductions in the BET will primarily benefit small businesses, like mine, throughout the state. Reductions in the BPT will benefit companies that provide tens of thousands of well-paying, important jobs regardless of their headquarters' location (BAE Systems, Fidelity Investments, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Velcro, Lindt & Sprungli, Hypertherm, Sig Sauer, Highliner Foods and many others)." (Val Zanchuk (Op-Ed), "Gov. Hassan should not veto the budget over business tax reductions," Union Leader, 6/23/15)
  • "Modest Tax Reductions...Should Not Factor Into The Governor's "Veto-Or-Not-To-Veto" Decision" "No state budget will ever meet everyone's expectations, including the governor's. However, the modest tax reductions included in this budget should not factor into the governor's 'veto-or-not-to-veto' decision. Tax relief to New Hampshire employers, small and large, is long overdue." (Val Zanchuk (Op-Ed), "Gov. Hassan should not veto the budget over business tax reductions," Union Leader, 6/23/15)

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Wednesday
Jun242015

NH Senate President, House Speaker support Continuing Resolution at FY ’15 funding 

Concord, NH- Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) and New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson) released the following statement on the proposed Continuing Resolution that would keep state government open by funding operations at the fiscal year 2015 rate, should Governor Hassan veto the legislative budget. 

 

“If the Governor and our Democratic colleagues would like to spend at the levels authorized in this budget, they should support this budget. Otherwise, we will work to ensure state government operations continue on July 1st just as they do on June 30th,” said Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem).

 

“The best course for New Hampshire would be for Governor Hassan to let this budget become law, and avoid the need for a Continuing Resolution altogether,” Morse added.

 

“We certainly agree with our Democratic colleagues that it is important to support higher education, substance abuse treatment, public safety and more. That’s why our budget provides much needed funding in our fight against substance abuse, increases funding for local schools and higher education, and appropriates more money for health and human services than any previous budget in our state’s history.  If Governor Hassan and the Democrats are so concerned about these issues, the solution is quite simple.  Rather than offer a continuing resolution that would authorize agencies to spend 96 percent of the first six months of the 2016 budget, they should join with us and pass a fiscally responsible budget on to the governor that will fund the next two years at 100%,” said NH House Speaker Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson).

 

“By refusing to support a budget that will allow our state to take care of those most in need the Democrats are turning their backs on the people of New Hampshire. We have crafted a budget that will enable a stronger economy, promote job growth, and make New Hampshire more competitive,” Jasper concluded.

 

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