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Friday
Aug222014

NH Senate Republicans - Does Governor Hassan want to tax the Internet? 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley responded today to Governor Hassan’s claim that reductions in business taxes implemented in the current budget are “having a negative impact on the State Budget”, by asking the Governor if she wants to tax the Internet. The Legislature eliminated the Communications Services Tax on Internet Access. Bradley asked if Governor Hassan would repeal that bipartisan tax reform so that the Communications Services Tax would apply again to Internet Access.

“Like all of the recent reforms to New Hampshire’s business tax code, exempting Internet access from the Communications Services Tax passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, and it was included in the budget which Governor Hassan praised last year,” Bradley said. “If Governor Hassan really thinks that these tax reforms are causing problems, she has a duty to tell us specifically which ones she wants to repeal.”

Congress imposed a moratorium on Internet access taxes in 1998. Several years ago, the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration began applying the 1990 Communications Services Tax to Internet access without Legislative approval. Bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate stepped in to correct this bureaucratic overreach with HB 1418, by clarifying that Internet access was not taxable. In 2012, HB 1418 passed the Senate 23-0 and the House 244-46.

“These tax reforms such as blocking an Internet Access Tax were passed with bipartisan support to spur job creation. New Hampshire has performed poorly in economic growth compared to other states which is why the Legislature led on this issue. Does NH really want to reverse those job growth initiatives when our economy is growing by less than 1% annually?” Bradley concluded.

Rather than blaming job growth measures for potential funding budget shortfalls, Governor Hassan would be better served by providing an update on each departments spending levels for the fiscal year that concluded in July as well as projections on how large the budget deficit in the current fiscal year is likely to be. If indeed there is a $100 deficit looming as some predict, the sooner that information is provided to the Legislature and the public, will make addressing the deficit less painful.

Thursday
Aug212014

NH Deputy House Republican Leader Comments on Governor's Suggestion to Raise Business Taxes, Build a Casino

CONCORD - Today Deputy House Republican Leader and member of the House Ways & Means Committee, David Hess (R-Hooksett), offered the following comments relative to Governor Hassan’s claim that business tax reforms passed during the previous legislative term, “are having a negative impact on the state's budget.”

 

Deputy House Republican Leader David Hess (R-Hooksett)

 

“Not even the Department of Revenue Administration is ready to attribute any change in business tax or interest and dividends tax revenue to any one or particular set of causes at this time. During several meetings in the month of August, DRA officials said it is currently impossible to tell if any prior legislative changes will have any effect on our overall fiscal balance.”


“The Governor has a solution in search of a problem. Her solution is to potentially make our business tax climate less favorable than it already is, or rely on revenue from a non-existent casino when a casino is not something we could even realistically propose for this budget cycle. This is not how to encourage long term economic growth, or responsibly address what experts suggest may be a temporary revenue anomaly.”

"What we can address immediately is state spending. Until we have an more accurate picture of how our state agencies are managing the resources we've allocated to them, I think hitting the panic button on revenue is premature."

Wednesday
Aug202014

NH Sen Bradley to Hassan: Which business taxes would you like to increase?

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Governor continues to blame revenues while hiding spending

 

Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) today called on Governor Maggie Hassan to specify which business taxes she wants to increase. Hassan has been warning of a potential budget deficit since May, but has refused to update the Legislature on state spending. FY14 revenues came in above the conservative forecasts insisted on by Senate Republicans, yet Hassan continues to claim that recent business tax reforms “are having a negative impact on the state's budget.”

 

“If Governor Hassan thinks New Hampshire’s business taxes are too low, she should tell us which ones she wants to increase,” Bradley said. “Does she want to start taxing trusts again? That would raise about $5 million a year. Does she want to reduce the Research and Development Tax Credit? She might want to roll back the Net Operating Loss Carry Forward provisions signed by Governor Lynch. the Or maybe she wants to lower the threshold for the Business Enterprise Tax so that New Hampshire’s smallest businesses will pay more.”

 

“These important business tax reforms had broad, bipartisan support, and were factored into the revenue estimates that proved so accurate for FY14,” Bradley continued. “If Governor Hassan wants to roll back these tax reforms, she should tell us which taxes she wants to increase. In the meantime, I would repeat our request to update the public on how much state departments spent in FY14, which ended 50 days ago.”

 

Background

 

In 2011, the Legislature increased the filing threshold for the Business Enterprise Tax from $150,000 to $200,000, providing tax relief for New Hampshire’s smallest businesses.

 

In 2012, the Legislature voted 23-0 in the Senate and 312-18 in the House to override Governor Lynch’s veto of SB 326, exempting trusts from the Interest and Dividends Tax.

 

In 2012, the Legislature overwhelmingly approved HB 242, increasing the Net Operating Loss Carry Forward provision of the Business Profits Tax to $10,000,000.

 

In 2013, the Legislature passed SB 1, doubling the Research and Development Tax Credit and making it permanent. At the time, Hassan called it “a critical component of our innovation agenda.”

 

In June of 2013, Hassan praised the “bipartisan, fiscally responsible balanced budget agreement” that included all of the tax provisions she’s now criticizing.

Tuesday
Aug192014

NHDP - In Interview, Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Makes it Clear (Again) That He Has No Integrity When it Comes to Health Care for Working Families 

Havenstein Criticizes Senate GOP for Sunset Provision that Could Result in Loss of ACA Benefits for 50,000 Granite Staters, Yet He Signed Koch Brothers Pledge Committing that He'd Take Away Benefits from those Same People
 
Manchester, NH -- In an interview on WMUR's CloseUp, failed CEO Walt Havenstein made it clear once again that he has no integrity when it comes to health care for working families. For weeks, Havenstein has come under fire for his lack of integrity on health care, as he opposes offering the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to 50,000 Granite Staters despite taking nearly $100 million in contracts to implement the health law as CEO of SAIC. 
 
On CloseUp, Havenstein also criticized the sunset provision that was added to the health care expansion plan by Senate Republicans, saying it could result in a loss of coverage for newly insured individuals. However, just weeks ago, Havenstein signed a pledge to the Koch Brothers saying that he would work to repeal health coverage for those very same people. 
 
"By trying to have it both ways on health care, Walt Havenstein is once again looking out for himself over the interests of Granite Staters," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing.  "Havenstein isn't being honest about where he stands on health care as he offers tortured excuses for how he could sign a Koch Brothers pledge to repeal coverage from 50,000 Granite Staters after his company made millions off the ACA while he was CEO." 
 
"Given that Havenstein has pledged to the Koch Brothers that he'd take away coverage from 50,000 Granite Staters, his newfound concern with the sunset provision championed by Senate Republicans is deliberately misleading at best," added Lesswing. "We call on Havenstein to level with the people of New Hampshire and take a clear position once and for all on Governor Hassan's bipartisan health care expansion plan."
 
Havenstein's lack of integrity on health care has also drawn outrage from Republican circles. In the first GOP gubernatorial debate, conservative activist Andrew Hemingway called Havenstein's position on health care "disingenuous at best." On WMUR's CloseUp, Hemingway added that he is "absolutely disgusted" by Havenstein's hypocrisy and double standards, calling it "political talk that I think the people of New Hampshire are sick of."  
 
BACKGROUND
 
"Havenstein ran company that made millions helping implement health care law" 
"Walt Havenstein says he is against the Affordable Care Act and efforts to implement the law in New Hampshire, but just three years ago he was the CEO of a company that made millions in government contracts to help make the new health care law a success." (WMUR, Jul 30, 2014).
 
"Candidates sign AFP pledge to cut taxes, oppose Obamacare"
"Walt Havenstein also plans to sign the pledge, his campaign said, but could not attend today’s event due to a fundraiser in Virginia. [...] "The pledge includes five promises: Cut taxes and oppose tax increases, cut spending and the size of government, pass a right to work law, oppose Obamacare and Medicaid expansion and to uphold the state and federal constitutions." (Concord Monitor, July 30, 2014)
 
Tuesday
Aug192014

NH Citizens for the Arts Announces First of Several Events in Advance of 2015 Legislative Session: September 3, 2014 

House Party for Hassan


New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts Announces First of Several Events in Advance of 2015 Legislative Session

Concord, NH- New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts (NHCFA) will hold the first in a series of events to advocate in support of New Hampshire artists and the arts on
September 3, 2014. This first event will be a house party for New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan at the home of Paul and Peggo Hodes 70 Fisk Road in Concord from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. 


“Rather than wait until a new legislative session begins, the NHCFA is mobilizing support and engaging with candidates now in order to promote constructive dialogue that will lead to positive legislation.” Explained Nicki Clarke, NHCFA Co- President and Executive Director of the Capitol Center for the Arts. “In May we brought the arts to the State House to publically thank our citizen legislators. We appreciate the work they do and acknowledge the fact that they must make tough decisions for our state.” 


“Leading up to the 2012 elections we held house parties for both Democrat and Republican candidates. We intend to replicate that heading into 2015.” Added Jamie Saucier, NHCFA Co-President and Student Activities Coordinator, UNH Manchester. “The events we hold for candidates are unique in that donations made go directly to the candidate not to our organization. It is a way for our members and supporters to show their support and invest in our state’s future.” NHCFA will be announcing additional campaign and advocacy events over the next few months.


For more information or to RSVP to the Hassan Party on September 3rd please call Peggo at 225-1036, visit http://www.nhcfa.org/house-party.html or email info@nhcfa.org


New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts is a statewide non-partisan volunteer organization which has existed for over thirty years. NHCFA advocates for development, education, and support of the arts, representing all of the cultural resources of our state. NHCFA works to promote the arts, not only for their intrinsic benefits, but also for their importance to our culture and economy in New Hampshire.


For more information on how you can become a member of the New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts visit: http://www.nhcfa.org


For a complete list of NHCFA Board Members visit: http://www.nhcfa.org/about.html

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