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Thursday
Oct232014

NHGOP STATEMENT ON TONIGHT'S GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE 

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."

Thursday
Oct232014

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.”

Saturday
Oct182014

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

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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

 
 

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

 
Wednesday
Oct152014

NHGOP LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTING GOVERNOR HASSAN'S SUPPORT FOR INCOME TAX & BUDGET-BUSTING SPENDING HABITS 

 

 


 

Concord - Today, the New Hampshire Republican State Committee launched robocalls and a web campaign regarding Governor Hassan's reckless mismanagement of the New Hampshire budget and highlighting her past support for a disastrous income tax: 

 

"Governor Hassan has completely failed to properly manage the New Hampshire state budget," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn. "She clearly cannot get her own administration's spending under control and it's clear that new taxes will be the only option given her recklessness. With Governor Hassan's past support for an income tax, New Hampshire's middle class should be gravely concerned about what's in store for a second Hassan term. It's time to replace Maggie Hassan with Walt Havenstein, a responsible Republican who understands how to balance a budget, create jobs and grow our state's economy - and will never support an income tax."

 

The transcript of the robocall is below:


 

"Hi, this is Emily. Even though New Hampshire is facing a budget shortfall, Governor Hassan's administration has requested an 18 percent spending increase for the next fiscal year. There's no way to meet Hassan's demands with existing revenues, and the only solution will be to raise taxes. Given her history of repeated support for an income tax in our state, it's clear that she will need an income tax to pay for her lavish spending. Keep New Hampshire income tax free by calling Governor Hassan at 271-2121 to say that the spending must stop! Paid for by the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, Robert Scott, Treasurer."


 

BACKGROUND

 

Hassan refused to support a State Constitutional Amendment to ban an income tax. "National taxpayer groups are being invited to join New Hampshire's debate over a proposed state constitutional ban of an income tax... Hassan is opposed."(John Toole, "NH Debate On Income Tax Heats Up," The Eagle-Tribune, 9/23/12)

 

"She also opposes a constitutional amendment that would prohibit an income tax In New Hampshire."(Sarah Brubeck, "Health Care Key Issue For N.H. Gov. Candidate Hassan," Valley News, 10/20/12)

 

Hassan admits that there are circumstances under which she would support an income tax. ""I would only support an income tax if it repeals the statewide property tax" (Lara Bricker, "Hassan takes issue with mailers," Portsmouth Herald, 11/1/02)

Tuesday
Oct142014

NHDP - ICYMI - Concord Monitor: "My Turn: Election noise obscures truth about bipartisan budget" 

Senators Larsen and D'Allesandro Highlight Governor Hassan's Careful Management of Agency Budgets, Call Out Senate GOP for Massively Overspending on Their Own Budget


Key Point: “It is worth noting that as Gov. Hassan was working with state agencies to effectively manage their budgets and beat their savings targets, our Republican colleagues in the Senate actually overspent and missed their own budget targets. [...]

“So the irony is that Republicans were the ones who didn’t respond to their own call to reduce spending: as they were launching attacks against Gov. Hassan’s fiscal leadership and inventing wild – and inaccurate – claims about overspending by government agencies, they were the ones loosening the purse strings. [...]

“But it’s pretty clear that Senate Republicans can’t be taken seriously on the budget right now.”

See here or below for the full Concord Monitor op-ed by Senators Sylvia Larsen and Lou D'Allesandro

Granite Staters know that balancing a budget – whether it’s our family’s budget or the state’s budget – requires making tough choices to protect our priorities while living within our means. That’s what we’ve worked to do at the State House.

Under Gov. Maggie Hassan’s bipartisan leadership, we balanced the budget responsibly, with no income or sales tax. The budget passed unanimously in the Republican-majority Senate and nearly unanimously in the Democratic-majority House.

That’s not something you see too often out of Washington, D.C. – but it happened here under this governor.

It’s a fiscally responsible budget that invests in shared priorities like freezing college tuition, putting more state troopers on the road and revitalizing our state’s economic development efforts.

And it’s a budget that supports the priorities that help innovative businesses create jobs, expand middle-class opportunity and keep our economy moving in the right direction.

While passing a balanced budget every two years is crucial, it is only the first step in ensuring that our state’s finances remain on solid ground. Maintaining that balance requires constant work and attention.

Since we passed the budget, Gov. Hassan has carefully managed state agency expenditures, and she took preemptive action to rein in spending, leading us to end Fiscal Year 2014 with a $20 million surplus. In fact, agencies actually beat their targets for returning funds back to the treasury by $8.5 million.

It is worth noting that as Gov. Hassan was working with state agencies to effectively manage their budgets and beat their savings targets, our Republican colleagues in the Senate actually overspent and missed their own budget targets.

An NH1 investigation found that Senate Republicans “seemed to spend like there was no tomorrow.” They even spent $15,000 on furniture.

So the irony is that Republicans were the ones who didn’t respond to their own call to reduce spending: as they were launching attacks against Gov. Hassan’s fiscal leadership and inventing wild – and inaccurate – claims about overspending by government agencies, they were the ones loosening the purse strings.

We are not surprised to hear partisan attacks as the election approaches. That’s what happens at this time of year. But it’s pretty clear that Senate Republicans can’t be taken seriously on the budget right now.

Going forward, we need to continue to be prudent. As the economy continues to improve, key revenues that indicate economic progress, such as the meals and rooms and real estate transfer taxes, remain strong. However, the last Legislature passed changes to tax laws that went into effect in the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2014.

Since those changes went into effect, we have seen business tax and interest-and-dividends tax revenues regularly fall below plan. Even though overall revenues are running slightly ahead of plan for the year, the trend in business and interest-and-dividends revenue could be a sign of challenges ahead.

That’s why we supported Gov. Hassan taking preemptive action last week by sending all state agencies directions to reduce expenditures in their plans for the year ahead. That was the right thing to do.

At the same time, the Legislature will also need to continue to work together across party lines to exercise discretion while focusing on important priorities. Remember, the state is only spending on the bipartisan priorities that have been supported by legislators from both parties, either through our budget, through the Legislative Fiscal Committee or through other laws passed with bipartisan support.

We hope that after the election hoopla is over, the Legislature will go back to doing what we did last year, and work closely with agencies and under the leadership of our governor in a bipartisan way to develop a final plan that ensures a balanced budget for next year. That’s what has helped keep our state on track.

(Sylvia Larsen is a state senator from Concord. Lou D’Allesandro is a state senator from Manchester.)