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NH Senate Republican Caucus - Legislators dive into budget issues, focus on impacts to Cities and Towns
Legislature examines impact of budget veto on cities and towns across NH.
Concord, NH - Senators and Representatives named to the Cities and Towns working group by Senate Finance Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) met today to hear presentations from state departments, including the Department of Transportation, Department of Revenue Administration, Department of Environmental Services, Department of Education, the New Hampshire State Treasury and the New Hampshire Municipal Association.
"Today was an important start and I commend legislators for their willingness to come together to listen to presentations made by various departments and organizations regarding any possible impacts on communities while operating under the Continuing Resolution," said Forrester.
"As legislators, we have an obligation to be fully aware of potential challenges facing our communities, but the need is even greater while the state is operating without a permanent two-year budget. Meetings like this one will prepare us to quickly respond to any issues that may arise as we move forward," said Forrester.
“We were disturbed to learn that the Governor’s office has not provided any guidance to these departments related to how they should base estimates for the Department of Revenue Administration for the purpose of setting tax rates. I am concerned that a lack of guidance here will cause a significant burden to be placed back on cities and towns,” added Forrester.
Senator Regina Birdsell (R-Hampstead), who chairs the Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee, will Chair the Cities and Towns working group meetings.
“Thank you to the legislators and executive administrators who met today to discuss the impact of the Continuing Resolution on Cities and Towns for the next six months,” said Birdsell. “We expect the Cities and Towns working group to maintain an open and regular dialogue between legislators and state departments and organizations that may be impacted as we move forward under the Continuing Resolution.”
“We heard in today’s meeting that a Highway Funds block grant will likely be $3 million short and that significant uncertainty exists in cities and towns when setting the tax rate for the next year due to anticipated funding differences under the Continuing Resolution and a permanent budget,” added Birdsell.
“We are committed to continuing our work with departments to do what we can to ensure that the needs of our state will be met,” said Birdsell.
Legislators participating in the Cities and Towns working group:
Senator Regina Birdsell (R-Hampstead)
Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith)
Senator Lou D'Allesandro (D-Manchester)
Senator Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford)
Senator Gary Daniels (R-Milford)
Senator Jerry Little (R- Weare)
Senator Nancy Stiles (R- Hampton)
Senator David Watters (D-Dover)
Representative Peter Leishman (D-Peterborough)
Representative Lynn Ober (R-Hudson)
Representative Karen Umberger (R-Kearsarge)
Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on Governor Maggie Hassan refusing to call for an investigation Planned Parenthood's activities in New Hampshire:
"Anybody who has watched the horrific videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of human body parts knows that there is ample evidence to warrant an investigation of the organization's potentially criminal activities. As a result, the governors of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Indiana, Georgia and Kansas have responded appropriately by calling for reviews of Planned Parenthood's operations in their states. Planned Parenthood has been a major political donor to Governor Hassan's political campaigns, and it's clear that her unwillingness to call for an investigation in New Hampshire is an attempt to cover up potential wrongdoing committed by one of her biggest financial supporters. Her outrageous behavior is another indication that Governor Hassan is focused on standing up for her political cronies instead of protecting taxpayers and serving the best interests of all Granite Staters."
Concord, N.H. – Despite their political grandstanding on the issue, it’s Republican legislators like Jeanie Forrester, Chuck Morse and Neal Kurk who are causing unnecessary budget uncertainty for state agencies.
The AP reported Republicans on the Fiscal Committee, “rejected, for example, a request from the Department of Transportation for $674,000 to purchase new equipment in bulk. It also tabled a DOT request for $3.1 million to fulfill existing contracts for several road and bridge projects, including repaving several miles of the turnpike system near Nashua and Concord and replacing guardrails along Route 16. The turnpike resurfacing was scheduled to be completed by September and DOT has already chosen a contractor. Deputy Commissioner Patrick McKenna said he's now working to reschedule parts of the project.”
“In February, Republicans on the Fiscal Committee delayed millions of dollars in federal funds for critical priorities like hiring a drug task force investigator and promoting mental health, and now Republicans’ political posturing is blocking funds for highway safety,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Aaron Jacobs. “Republicans like Jeanie Forrester, Chuck Morse and Neal Kurk need to stop playing political games that cause unnecessary budget uncertainty and finally work across party lines under the Governor’s leadership to pass a responsible budget that meets the needs of New Hampshire.”
In recent months, Governor Hassan has been making it abundantly clear she is more focused on climbing the political ladder than her job as the chief executive of the Granite State. Our organization is growing increasingly concerned with her refusal to answer a question she dodged back in 2014 regarding an increase in the federal gas tax.
"In Concord, Maggie Hassan has quietly lead an all out assault against the New Hampshire commuter. The gas tax she signed into law last year has already impacted Granite Staters' wallets and pocketbooks. In her most recent budget proposals, she has continued her nearly six year quest to hike our state's already high vehicle registration fees. With a record like Hassan's, it is no wonder why New Hampshire drivers are worried about what could be next."