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Saturday
Feb282015

NHDP - ICYMI: NH1 News: NH GOP Move to Delay Federal Grant Okay Sparks Rebuke 

 

 

 

 

Key Point: “Republican leaders in the Legislature and Executive Council have pushed federal grant requests in the slow lane. NH1 News has exclusively obtained a letter from Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn to Senate President Chuck Morse calling the policy "reckless and dangerous."… Among the contracts delayed were grants for substance abuse, local school district support, for firefighters and highway aid.”
 
Click here for the full NH1 News story or see excerpt below:
 
CONCORD - Republican leaders in the Legislature and Executive Council have pushed federal grant requests in the slow lane.
 
NH1 News has exclusively obtained a letter from Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn to Senate President Chuck Morse calling the policy "reckless and dangerous."
 
A spokesman for Gov. Maggie Hassan said the Democratic chief executive shares the concerns.
 
“The acceptance of federal funds for programs critical to public health and safety - including to help combat the opioid crisis - has long been a non-partisan issue, and Governor Hassan is concerned about delaying progress on common-sense priorities that both parties have always accepted federal funds for,'' Press Secretary William Hinkle said.
 
Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, D-Concord, had tweeted earlier today that the council had asked that state agencies withdraw 12 of 71 contract items at its meeting Wednesday for the same reason.
 
"I find this troubling and bureaucratic,'' Van Ostern said during a telephone interview. "These are our tax dollars we have already paid and there's no need for another bureaucratic layer to be keeping grants for substance abuse and public safety to get to their intended destinations.''
 
Woodburn said the Feb. 19 move of the GOP-led Fiscal Committee raises the concern that the next state budget debate remain free of partisan wrangling.
 
"I sincerely hope that actions by Republicans on the Legislative Fiscal Committee are not an indication the Republican majorities in the House and the Senate intend to throw away our bipartisan successes by giving into partisan and ideological ambitions,'' Woodburn said.
 
Among the contracts delayed were grants for substance abuse, local school district support, for firefighters and highway aid.
 
"These are common sense that we should all be able to agree upon,'' Woodburn continued. "Combating substance abuse and protecting our communities should not fall victim to partisan ideological battles like they did last week." […]
 
Click here for the full NH1 News story.

Saturday
Feb282015

NRSC - Happy Birthday Governor Hassan 

 

WASHINGTON – With Governor Maggie Hassan eyeing a Senate bid, the NRSC is sending the Governor her very own Keno card that won’t balance her proposed budget, but does wish her the best on her special day.

 

 

 

“We know how much Governor Hassan likes Keno and while it’s not the way to fund her budget, we do hope she picks some lucky numbers on her birthday,” said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox.

BACKGROUND …

Senate Candidate Maggie Hassan Proposed A Budget That Is Bankrolled By Keno

THE CONCORD MONITOR: “It’s not a casino, it’s keno. In the electronic gambling game, players pick from among dozens of numbers and win money if the computer randomly selects their choices. If keno came to New Hampshire, it would draw $26 million in state revenue over the next two years, according to the budget plan Gov. Maggie Hassan presented to lawmakers last week. While Hassan voiced support for keno, she didn’t so much as mention the word casino in her budget address. (Governor’s budget plan avoids casino gambling in favor of keno, The Concord Monitor, 02/14/15)

NH1: “[Hassan] did include expanded gambling by asking lawmakers to legalize betting on Keno in bars and restaurants.” (Gov. Hassan proposes $11.4 billion budget with cigarette tax, Keno, motor vehicle fee hikes, NH1, 02/12/15)

Friday
Feb272015

NHDP - FACT CHECK: Washington Republicans Launch False Attacks On Gov Hassan's COO Proposal

 

 

FACT CHECK: Washington Republicans Launch False Attacks to Try to Take Heat Off Kelly Ayotte for Playing Politics with DHS Funding 

NRSC Criticizes Bipartisan Proposal from Business Leaders to Hire a COO for NH, Despite Fact that At Least Five GOP Governors, Including RGA Chair Bill Haslam, Have COOs

Concord, N.H. – Washington Republicans today launched a false attack on a bipartisan proposal by New Hampshire business and community leaders to make New Hampshire state government more innovative and efficient.

“As Kelly Ayotte tries to spin her way out of trouble after repeatedly voting to play politics with funding for the Department of Homeland Security, Washington Republicans are pulling out all the stops to try to take the heat off their vulnerable Vice Presidential wannabe,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.

The proposal to hire a Chief Operating Officer for the State of New Hampshire, which Governor Hassan included in her fiscally responsible budget proposal, was the top recommendation of the Governor’s Innovation Commission, which included experts from the business community, nonprofits, and higher education, as well as elected officials such as Republican State Senator Sharon Carson.  

When asked about the proposal, House Finance Chair Neal Kurk (R-Hillsborough) said, “It’s a smart move for the state.”

The attack from Washington Republicans comes despite the fact that at least five Republican Governors, including RGA Chair Bill Haslam, have named Chief Operating Officers for their states.

Republican Governors with COOs include Florida Governor Rick Scott, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, and Tennessee Governor and RGA Chair Bill Haslam.

"If Washington Republicans think that they can distract from the fact that Kelly Ayotte has put New Hampshire communities at risk by holding funding DHS funding hostage, they are going to be sorely disappointed," added Buckley

Friday
Feb272015

NHDP - Fact Check: Karl Rove’s Dark Money Group Twists the Facts About Governor Hassan’s Fiscally Responsible Budget

 

 

 

 

Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Tries to Push Its Out-of-State, Anti-Middle Class Agenda in New Hampshire

Concord, N.H. – Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, a dark money group that was created to shield the identity of its donors, is out with a new radio ad twisting the facts about Governor Hassan’s fiscally responsible budget proposal. 

“New Hampshire voters don’t look kindly on out-of-states like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers who think they can buy their power here,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Karl Rove’s radical agenda puts his special interest donors first while making middle class families and small businesses pay the price. Karl Roves' backward anti-middle class policies aren’t welcome in the Granite State.”

See below for a complete fact check of Karl Rove’s false ad:

Crossroads: “When money’s tight, families in New Hampshire set priorities and make tough decisions. And that’s what we expect from our leaders too.”

Fact: Governor Hassan’s budget makes the difficult, fiscally responsible decisions needed to balance the budget – without an income or sales tax – while investing in the priorities necessary to seize our full economic potential. The Governor’s fiscally responsible budget cut total agency budget requests by more than $1 billion and general funds requests by more than $523 million, and budgets many state agencies at or below FY 2015 levels.

Crossroads: “Governor Hassan’s priorities. The Union Leader called her budget quote a disappointment, saying the governor quote made her priorities clear: more spending, higher taxes, more state employees and no real innovation.”

Fact: The Governor’s budget keeps total spending increases to 6.4 percent over two years – far below historic averages – and allows New Hampshire to continue to make progress on key priorities. Adjusted for inflation, the 2016 general and education trust fund budget is at least $250 million less than the state spent in 2004.

The budget also draws on recommendations of the Governor’s Innovation Commission including increasing flexibility for state managers, expanding the state’s efforts to centralize key services, consolidating some function areas, and hiring a Chief Operating Officer – like at least five Republican governors have done – who will focus on driving efficiency.

Crossroads: “The Union Leader reports that Hassan’s budget includes quote sizable increases in business taxes, that could cost New Hampshire jobs.”

Fact: What the Governor’s budget actually does is increases a business tax exemption and makes sure that all families and businesses are playing by the same rules – rules that simply say they have a reasonable basis for claiming the tax deduction. The same rules existed until two years ago and exist for every other tax deduction across the nation.

Crossroads: “And Governor Hassan wants to raise a tax that hits lower income people especially hard.”

Fact: Cigarette taxes have proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent youth smoking. The Governor’s budget proposes raising the cigarette tax by 21 cents, which would still keep New Hampshire’s cigarette tax below our surrounding states.

Crossroads: “She even bets on increased state revenue from Keno to finance more spending. Gov. Hassan's budget is a risky gamble and the wrong set of priorities for New Hampshire families and businesses.”

Fact: Six of the ten most lucrative Keno locations in Massachusetts are located within five miles of the New Hampshire border. Allowing Keno and self-service lottery terminals machines would help bring that revenue back to New Hampshire to invest in our priorities. 

The revenue changes included in the Governor’s budget will not diminish New Hampshire’s standing as having one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation.

Crossroads: “Go to www.crossroadsgps.org/nh and tell your state legislators reject Gov. Hassan's tax and spend budget because it doesn't reflect New Hampshire values.”

Fact: Karl Rove and his out-of-state, dark money donors should stop trying to lecture Granite Staters on the meaning of “New Hampshire values.”

Wednesday
Feb252015

NRSC - NH Gov Hassan Seeks Bureaucrat To Run New Hampshire 

 

WASHINGTON – With Governor Maggie Hassan proposing a full-time Chief Operating Officer (COO) to run New Hampshire, the NRSC released the following web video:

 

 

 

“It’s pretty sneaky that Maggie Hassan would ask taxpayers to fund an unelected COO bureaucrat to run New Hampshire so she can focus on her Senate campaign,” said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “Hassan’s absurd request reiterates that she’s more focused on herself and getting a promotion to Washington, than being an effective Governor.”

BACKGROUND ... 

Governor Hassan’s Budget Proposes Spending $1.4 Million To Establish An Office For A New Chief Operating Officer. “Hassan’s budget also includes nearly $1.4 million over two years to pay for a chief operating officer and two staff members, and to establish an ‘innovation fund’ intended to make government more efficient.” (Kathleen Ronayne, “N.H. Still Weighing Support For Casino,” The Associated Press, 2/18/15)

The Union Leader Called Hassan’s Proposal “Absurd” And “Ridiculous.” “This even beats her political pandering of including in the same budget $4 million that the state does not have to study a pie-in-the-sky railroad line that is also going nowhere fast. In fact, people who sincerely believe in the train idea should be furious with Hassan for lumping their train in with the absurd COO position… And now Gov. Hassan wants to create an unelected chief operating officer to operate the state while she does what, exactly? The idea is ridiculous.” (Editorial, “Maggie’s Folly: A COO For NH? Not A Good Notion,”
Union Leader, 2/21/15)

The Union Leader: “…The Governor Is The State’s Chief Operating Officer. If We Were To Fund This New Position, We Should Stop Paying The Governor.” (Editorial, “Maggie’s Folly: A COO For NH? Not A Good Notion,
Union Leader, 2/21/15)

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