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Thursday
Oct232014

NHDP - Failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Baseless Attacks Against Governor Hassan’s Bipartisan Accomplishments Fall Flat at Nashua Chamber Forum 

Manchester, NH – Earlier today, failed CEO Walt Havenstein's baseless attacks against Governor Hassan's bipartisan accomplishments and leadership were swiftly refuted at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce forum. Havenstein stumbled when faced with the reality of Governor Hassan's bipartisan accomplishments.  

“This morning's painful exchange reinforces how desperate failed CEO Walt Havenstein has become with his false attacks on Governor Hassan's bipartisan leadership," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. "The Governor's record of bipartisan accomplishments speaks for itself: she passed the most bipartisan budget in over a decade with no sales or income tax, worked with both parties and the business community to pass a bipartisan transportation bill to fix New Hampshire's roads and bridges, including finishing the completion of I-93, and reached a bipartisan compromise to expand health care to 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters." 

"Havenstein, on the other hand, is a failed CEO who drove defense contractor SAIC into a ditch. Now, Havenstein is pushing a Koch Brothers 'plan' that would do to New Hamsphire what he did to SAIC. No matter how many false and misleading attacks Havenstein launches, he won't be able to hide his disastrous record as CEO of SAIC and his Koch Brothers agenda that would hurt New Hampshire's families, businesses and economy," added Lesswing.

See here for footage of the exchange at this morning's candidate forum

See below for a transcription of the exchange:
 
Moderator: But I'm going to push on that a little bit more. She had Medicaid Expansion...

Havenstein: Medicaid Expansion...
 
Moderator: ... which was bipartisan in it's passage from the... it was absolutely bipartisan when it came out.

Havenstein: You have... everything has to be bipartisan if it gets signed. Right? At some point. But be very careful...

Moderator: But what you're saying is that toxic partisanship means that she doesn't work at all with Republicans. That's how I define 'toxic partisanship'. It's that she will not work with Republicans. She passed Medicaid Expansion. She got the gas tax increase, which was actually led by a Republican State Senator.  When you look at these state Supreme Court decisions against the hospital, or in favor of the hospitals...

Havenstein: You mean the MET? 

Moderator: Yep, on the MET. She was able to bring all but one hospital in the state together, and many of the CEOs of those hospitals are ardent Republicans themselves. I think there are some good examples where she can credibly say, 'I have been bipartisan in my leadership'."

Havenstein: Okay... 

Moderator: Alright [laughs]. 

Havenstein: We'll just have to agree to disagree.

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)