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NH Senate Republican Caucus - NH Senate, House leadership makes compromise proposal to end budget impasse 

Offers to fully fund State Employee Contract, pay raise in FY 16-17 budget

Concord, NH – Today, House and Senate leadership offered a compromise budget proposal that would fully fund the State Employee Contract, which includes the pay raise, as part of the FY 16-17 state budget.

“We continue to be concerned by Governor Hassan’s decision to veto the responsible, balanced legislative budget for the State of New Hampshire, however, we feel it is imperative to move forward and enact a FY 16-17 budget as soon as possible. Today, Senate and House Leadership made a strong offer to compromise by agreeing to fully fund the State Employee Contract, including the pay raise, as part of the FY 16-17 state operating budget. We sincerely hope the Governor will accept the proposal and end the budget impasse,” said Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem).

“The budget vetoed by the Governor reflects the needs and priorities of the State of New Hampshire and is a responsible budget that both increases funding for substance abuse treatment, the disabled community, and higher education, while also providing necessary reductions to business taxes to spur job growth and restore the competitive business climate that has been lacking in our state. We must take steps towards implementing a budget for the state as soon as we can,” said Morse.

“We agree with Governor Hassan and recognize the value of our hardworking state employees, which is why we have offered to fully fund their contract, but also include additional legislative oversight and transparency. We hope our offer will garner the Governor’s support and we urge her to encourage a budget veto override on September 16th.  This will allow our communities and citizens in our state to realize the significant benefits included in the legislative budget, like the 75% funding increase for substance abuse treatment and prevention,” said House Speaker Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson).




Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Governor Hassan's rejection of the Legislature's compromise budget proposal:
"Governor Hassan's politically-motivated rejection of the Legislature's budget compromise is disgraceful and further prolongs the crisis caused by her veto of the state budget. Governor Hassan's reckless actions and rigid partisanship have threatened critical state services and blocked necessary funding increases for substance abuse prevention, education and infrastructure. Instead of political posturing for her United States Senate bid, Governor Hassan should focus on working across the aisle and ending months of fiscal uncertainty caused by her irresponsible budget veto."

NH Senate Republican Caucus - Consequences of budget veto mount for NH cities and towns 

Lawmakers addressing local impact of budget stalemate


Concord, NH – New Hampshire lawmakers heard from state and local officials on the mounting impacts of Governor Hassan’s budget veto. This morning the Cities and Towns Working Group heard that the Department of Health and Human Services is on pace to run out of money before the end of the year.


“I’m disappointed in the lack of direction from the Governor’s Office,” said Sen. Regina Birdsell (R- Hampstead). “Her decision to veto the budget forced us to operate under a Continuing Resolution, but there doesn’t seem to be any plan or consistency from state agencies on how to deal with it, and no guidance for them from the Governor’s office.”


Senate Finance Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) formed three Working Groups to examine the consequences of New Hampshire government operating under a six-month Continuing Resolution following Hassan’s budget veto.  The bipartisan group of Representatives and Senators on the Cities and Towns Working Group requested a breakdown of current and projected spending at DHHS from the Legislative Budget Assistant’s Office.


“Health and Human Services is the largest department in state government. If it is already spending more than it is authorized under the Continuing Resolution, that deficit will cascade across every other department,” Forrester added.


The Cities and Towns Working Group heard from several state departments, as well as officials representing New Hampshire school districts and counties. It will next meet on Thursday, September 10th at 1:30pm.




NRSC - ICYMI: Union Leader Editorial: Gov. Hassan is reading: Where have she, 'drug czar' been? 



New Hampshire Union Leader
August 16, 2015

We are glad to see that Gov. Maggie Hassan can read the papers, but why does it take stories by the Union Leader and Concord Monitor, as well as a push from U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, to get the governor to suddenly realize that red tape is hampering the effort to deal with the heroin crisis in New Hampshire?

Why wasn’t her much ballyhooed “drug czar’’ already all over this problem, in which substance abuse treatment centers are confronting expensive new federal regulations?

The governor is all for expanding Medicaid coverage, some of which will pay for drug treatment. But she apparently didn’t know that the money comes with strings. And that is strange, since state Drug and Alcohol Services Director Joe Harding said last week that the treatment centers have known for two years that the strings were coming.

Or, as Harding put it, “With the increased resources come increased requirements.’’

But it was only after our stories and Sen. Ayotte’s request of the feds to ease those requirements (some as silly as precise amounts of floor space per room) that Gov. Hassan rushed out to announce a review of licensing requirements.

Only the week before, Hassan and her “drug czar’’ had announced a multi-point plan to deal with the heroin crisis. Most of the points were already known to the public. 

One was nearly laughable since it recommended expansion of drug courts even while Hassan was turning down flat a request from Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas to help fund one here.

One recommendation was to “Expand Treatment Options.’’ 

No mention therein of the red tape that may be holding back that expansion. Just nice phrases about this being a “collaborative effort between the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, treatment providers and others. Report by March 2016.’’

Which leads to another question. The state has a Director of Drug and Alcohol Services. Does it also need the “Governor’s Senior Director of Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health (a.k.a. Drug Czar)?’’


Josiah Bartlett Center - No One is Winning or Losing Despite What You Read 

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Josiah Bartlett Center

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

No One is Winning or Losing Despite What You Hear

Right now you should pay less attention to presidential election. Paradoxically though, you should also paying more attention. The real problem is the media covering the election acts as if they’ve never covered an election before and have no familiarity with elections in general.

No one is winning and no one is losing yet. The large number of candidates in the race make some in media eager to start eliminating candidates and to indulge in breathless discussions about momentum. History suggests media discussed polling momentum is silly and meaningless.

No one’s campaign is on life support and no one is inevitable. You should feel free to listen to and evaluate multiple candidates. For example, Fox would have had you believe that you should ignore all but ten candidates. They relegated all the other — the losers in the so-called Fox primary — to a junior varsity debate. The losers were allowed to talk at 5:00 (2 in the afternoon on the west coast) but prohibited an audience. Yet the candidate who most improved his or her position as a result of the events was Carly Fiorina, one of the candidates we were told to ignore.... Click here to keep reading.