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Wednesday
Jun042014

Citizens For A Strong NH - Another 'Right to Know' on Hassan's Turkey trip 

 

A second Right to Know request to Governor Hassan's office regarding her trade mission to Turkey despite her own travel freeze
 
Contact: 

Derek Dufresne 

Derek@RightOnStrategies.com 

202-809-6013

 

(June 3, 2014) - Last week, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire issued a Right to Know request to Governor Maggie Hassan's office and the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) requesting more information about her upcoming trip to Turkey from June 20-27, which will utilize at least $15,000.00 in taxpayer funds. Our request was specifically in response to email correspondences we had with DRED that led us to believe the Governor still planned on taking her trade mission to Turkey, despite her May 22, 2014 Executive Order banning all out of state travel expenses.

The specifics of the Right to Know requests and other information can be found in our news releases from last week by clicking HERE and HERE
 
Last Friday, DRED did respond to our Right to Know request confirming Governor Hassan would be still traveling to Turkey, which can be read about in the Union Leader HERE, however Governor Maggie Hassan forwarded our Right to Know request to the Attorney General's Office. The Deputy Attorney General responded to our request by saying, "the Governor's Office does not have any information beyond that contained in Commissioner Rose's letter."

Now that we have written confirmation Governor Hassan will be ignoring her own Executive Order and will still be traveling to Turkey funded by $15,000 in taxpayer dollars from the general fund, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has additional questions that deserve answers. Thus, today, we have issues a second Right to Know request of Governor Hassan's office.


In this Right to Know request, we are requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of public records that relate to travel by executive agencies that have been canceled as a result of the Governor's Executive Order issued on May 22nd, 2014. Specifically, we would like the following information:

  • What travel has been cancelled as a result of this Executive Order?
  • What travel has been given an exemption to the Executive Order?
  • What departments, public officials, or elected officials who had planned travel prior to the Executive Order, had their arrangements canceled or put on hold?
  • When were these trips scheduled to take place and where did the money for these trips come from within their budget?
  • What was the date that travel arrangements were made that have now been canceled?
  • What was the estimated cost savings for the state by imposing the travel ban in the first place?   
Matthew Murphy, Executive Director at Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, made the following statement:
 
"It is now abundantly clear that Governor Maggie Hassan actually plans to break her own Executive Order against out of state travel by utilizing $15,000 from the state's general fund to pay for her trip to Turkey this month. Hypocrisy like this is exactly why Granite Staters distrust our elected officials. Regardless of how she or her departments try and justify it, the fact that she can't even abide by her own travel freeze proves we don't just have budgetary problems in Concord, we have a crisis of honestly and leadership.
"Furthermore, the fact that Governor Hassan is yielding herself an exception to her own Executive Order only begs us to ask more questions that Granite Staters demand answers to. Once again, we will await a response from the Governor's office on our Right to Know request for more information."
Wednesday
Jun042014

NHDP - Walt Havenstein Blasts Economic Development

Argues Seven NH Businesses and the State Should Be Forced to Lose Funds Already Committed

 
Concord, NH-- Today, Walt Havenstein issued an incoherent statement criticizing Governor Maggie Hassan for promoting economic development and helping our state’s businesses attract new customers so they can continue to grow. Havenstein argues that seven New Hampshire companies, and our state, should be forced to lose thousands of dollars that have already been committed for a vital trade mission to Turkey later this month. The truth is, cancelling the trade mission would not only hurt our businesses but would also jeopardize future economic growth for our state.
 

“These latest comments from Walt Havenstein prove once again that his positions are wildly out-of-touch with our state’s businesses and would take our economy in the wrong direction,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Even worse, his disingenuous comments attempt to distract from his record of turning a blind eye to a $500 million fraud scandal under his watch as CEO of defense contractor SAIC.”
 
“Walt Havenstein embodies hypocrisy at its worst, attempting to provide advice on the fiscal stewardship of our state even though he couldn’t be trusted to protect taxpayer dollars while his company committed massive fraud and criminally overcharged the city of New York during his time as CEO,” added McClain.

 
As DRED commissioner Jeffrey Rose clearly laid out in an op-ed in today’s Union Leader, trade missions have historically proved hugely beneficial to our state’s businesses, helping secure new contracts and diversifying their customer base – which also helps our state weather challenging economic times.
 
 

ICYMI:

Another View -- Jeffrey Rose: Why the governor and I are going to Turkey to promote NH trade (Union Leader, June 3, 2014)

“I think most Republicans will agree Jeff Rose laid out the economic arguments pretty clearly on this one.” (Tweet from Tyler Deaton‏, @tylerdeaton, June 3, 2014)


BACKGROUND ON HAVENSTEIN'S RECORD AS CEO OF SAIC:
 
UNDER HAVENSTEIN, SAIC FACED MULTIMILLION DOLLAR FRAUD SCANDAL IN CITYTIME CONTRACT WITH NEW YORK
“The company also is grappling with its New York City contract to manage an employment timekeeping system called CityTime… the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has alleged that a massive and elaborate scheme to defraud the city’ corrupted the program.” (Washington Post, November 14, 2011)
 
“NEARLY ALL OF THE $600 MILLION THAT NEW YORK CITY HAS PAID TO THE MAIN CONTRACTOR FOR ITS TROUBLED AUTOMATED PAYROLL PROJECT HAS BEEN TAINTED BY FRAUD”
A New York Times article reporting on the CityTime scandal and charges filed by US Attorneys investigating the matter reported that “Nearly all of the $600 million that New York City has paid to the main contractor for its troubled automated payroll project has been tainted by fraud . . . ‘Today we allege what many have long feared: The CityTime project was corrupted to its core by one of the largest and most brazen frauds ever committed against the City of New York,’ Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for Manhattan, said.” (New York Times, June 20, 2011)
 
FOLLOWING TROUBLES FOR THE COMPANY, HAVENSTEIN SUDDENLY ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE FROM CEO POSITION AT SAIC, CITES “PERSONAL REASONS”
The Washington Post reported that “Walter P. Havenstein, chief executive at McLean-based contracting giant Science Applications International Corp., will retire next summer, the company announced . . . In the announcement, Havenstein, who has led SAIC for just over two years, said he was leaving for personal reasons. He will depart in June. In recent months, Havenstein has spoken candidly about the budget challenges facing government contractors. In its most recent earnings announcement, SAIC reported roughly 6 percent drops in revenue and profit.” (Washington Post, October 3, 2011)
 
HAVENSTEIN’S TENURE AS CEO LEAVES SAIC IN DIRE STRAITS
“More than four decades after its founding, the contractor, now public and based in McLean, is struggling, facing two contracting scandals, the departure of its chief executive and declining sales and profit. The company’s plight has led to some soul-searching about whether its problems are linked to a generally tougher budget environment or tied to a change in strategy. In recent years, the company’s units have shifted from pursuing contracts autonomously to teaming up in an effort to bring more capabilities to the table. ‘Where some people would say we may have let go of our small, entrepreneurial nature, I would say what we’ve really done is helped transform ourselves to be able to punch our weight in the marketplace,’ said chief executive Walter P. Havenstein, who plans to step down in June. ‘We’ve got to be able to think as a scaled company, not just in the individual pieces, and I think that’s at the heart of the cultural shift.’ Thus far, that strategy has not yielded the kind of results that SAIC has produced in the past, and analysts and industry observers say the company is at a critical juncture as it readies to select a new leader.” (Washington Post, November 14, 2011)

Wednesday
May212014

Josiah Bartlett Center - The Time for the Governor to Act is Now 

 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

 
 

I believe that the unique joys of another special legislative session loom on the horizon for the New Hampshire legislature. The purpose of the session will be the byzantine creature known as the Medicaid Enhancement Tax but we might just as easily call it the current budget crisis. Some legislators deny the existence of a crisis. They’re wrong.

The current crisis has come about as the courts have ruled a weird tax scheme of ours unconstitutional and placed almost $400 million the state is counting on for its budget in jeopardy. Solutions are swirling in Concord and some sort of Grand Alliance may yet come together but a solution must be reached by June 5 or a special session will be required. In the meantime, the governor’s delay in taking simple steps of preparation is inexplicable.....Click here to keep reading.
 


 

"I hoped for both the routine hiring freeze every governor does and the additional spending reductions most governors make. Today’s actions are the first small step to respond to the problem but she should also make real spending cuts by executive order as recent governors have done. In the last two decades, itemized spending reductions have accompanied freezes nine times. Nonetheless, I want to thank her for listening.” Click here to keep reading.

Wednesday
May212014

NHGOP STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR HASSAN SIGNING THE GAS TAX 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Governor Hassan signing an increase in New Hampshire's gas tax into law:

 

"Today, Governor Hassan burdened the middle class and hurt small businesses in New Hampshire by signing the gas tax into law. A gas tax hike during challenging economic times is wrong for New Hampshire, and it will unfairly burden the middle class and hurt small businesses. Democrat Governor John Lynch was right when he vigorously opposed a gas tax increase and said that the state needs to do a better job managing its existing funds instead of trying to take more money out of the pockets of working families. By supporting this tax increase Governor Maggie Hassan continues to prove that she is no John Lynch, and that she is out of touch with New Hampshire's fiscally responsible values."

 

BACKGROUND

 

Democratic Governor John Lynch opposed an increase in the gas tax: "Before we consider the need for additional revenue - which I don't think is there - we need to manage the funds that we have today, which we are not doing well," he said in a meeting with editors from The Citizen and Foster's Daily Democrat (Lynch Vows To Fight Gas Tax, Laconia Citizen, 8/30/2007)
Wednesday
May212014

Hemingway For Governor - COMMENTS ON GOV. HASSAN SIGNING OF GAS TAX HIKE 

 

 

Manchester, N.H. – NH Governor Maggie Hassan, today, signed a bill into law increasing the gas tax.  Candidate Andrew Hemingway released the following statement in response:

 

"Governor Hassan proudly signed a hike in the gas tax today--putting an increased burden on already struggling New Hampshire families. The answer to our budget woes is better management, not more taxes from already hurting citizens.  This is just more of the same from the Status Quo Gov.  We need innovative, real solutions to the growing budget crisis in the Granite State and constantly going back to the same trough will only hurt our citizens, our small businesses and our economy as a whole.” -- Andrew Hemingway