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NHDP - GOP Budget Response Takes Page Out of Familiar Koch Brothers Playbook 

NH Republicans Oppose Common-Sense Investments like Higher Education, Renew Calls to Repeal Medicaid Expansion and Provide More Tax Giveaways to Big Businesses

Concord, N.H. – The response from New Hampshire Republicans to Governor Hassan’s fiscally responsible, balanced budget proposal was as predictable as it was backward.
“Once again, New Hampshire Republicans took a page out of the failed Koch Brothers playbook with their predictable responses to Governor Hassan’s fiscally responsible, balanced budget,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Aaron Jacobs. “While Governor Hassan is focused on the priorities that will lay the foundation of a new generation of economic growth, Republicans are doubling down on their anti-middle class agenda that will take New Hampshire backward.”
Among New Hampshire Republicans’ mind-bogglingly backward responses, Speaker Shawn Jasper criticized the Governor’s decision to increase funding for higher education, 
telling the Concord Monitor, “When we look at the priorities and where to put the money given all the challenges we face, that's probably not at the top of the list.”
House Finance Chair Neal Kurk (r) also indicated that Republicans will seek to repeal affordable, quality health coverage from tens of thousands of Granite Staters, 
telling NHPR, “House Republicans have taken the position that they will not fund expanded Medicaid.”
Instead of investing in the priorities that will help New Hampshire seize its full economic potential, Senate Republicans like Jeb Bradley and Chuck Morse remainfixated on providing more tax giveaways to big businesses at the expense of middle class families.
The Nashua Telegraph cautioned that higher education and quality, affordable health care would likely suffer under Bradley’s so-called “plan,” 
warning that “Before lawmakers cut business taxes, they should first explain how they would make up the lost revenue – preferably by identifying offsets that don’t involve magical thinking or hurt the state’s most vulnerable.”
Jacobs added, “Instead of fixating on giving big businesses more tax giveaways at the expense of middle class families, Republicans should return to a serious budget conversation and support Governor Hassan’s responsible, common-sense budget that will get results for our people, businesses and economy."

NHProviders - Addiction service providers applaud Governor Hassan’s budget priorities

The NH Alcohol and other Drug Service Providers Association applauds Governor Hassan’s commitment to substance misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery as evidenced by her focus on addressing the addiction epidemic in her proposed budget. The solutions proposed in Governor Hassan’s budget that include reauthorization of the NH Health Protection Program, extending a substance use disorder benefit to the traditional Medicaid population, and increasing funding to the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, Treatment and Recovery are an incredible step in the right direction towards improving the health of our citizens and ensuring economic prosperity for New Hampshire.


Presently, only five percent of those that need treatment for alcohol and other drug misuse in NH are able to access the services they so desperately need. The treatment providers in the state have been working around the clock to accommodate the facility and administrative changes that must be made in order to accept NH Health Protection Plan clients. Governor Hassan’s reauthorization of the program, in addition to extending the substance use benefit to the traditional Medicaid population, will ensure that those who need treatment will finally be able to access it and that programs will be ready and able to accept them. If New Hampshire even doubles the amount of treatment available, the return on investment will be significant, with approximately $227 million in annual savings.


“For years, prevention, treatment and recovery services have been hanging on by a thread. In a time where services for substance misuse are overwhelming necessary, Governor Hassan’s commitment to resources that address our addiction epidemic is a saving grace for our programs and the hundreds of New Hampshire citizens that are dying at the hands of a disease that is 100% treatable,” said Abby Shockley, executive director of the NH Providers Association.


The New Hampshire Alcohol and other Drug Service Providers Association is a nonprofit membership association that represents individual and agency providers of substance misuse prevention, treatment and recovery services.



NHDP Statement on Governor Hassan’s Budget Address 

Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Governor Maggie Hassan’s budget address.
“Today, Governor Hassan presented a fiscally responsible plan that will lay the foundation of a new generation of economic growth, proving once again that Granite Staters are in good hands under the Governor’s strong bipartisan leadership.”
“The Governor’s budget will keep New Hampshire’s economy moving in the right direction by holding down the cost of higher education, keeping our roads safe, and maintaining the state’s commitment to our bipartisan health care expansion.” 
“While Republicans for years have used budgeting gimmicks to mislead the public about what they are actually funding, Governor Hassan’s budget is balanced honestly and responsibly.”
“Instead of resorting to their usual dishonest budget stunts and efforts to mislead voters about the Governor's common-sense problem solving, I call on Republicans in the legislature to return to a serious budget conversation and support this responsible, common-sense budget that will get results for our people, businesses and economy.”


NH Senate Republicans React to Governor Hassan's Budget Address 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

New taxes and higher spending


(CONCORD) Senate Republicans today issued these statements following Governor Maggie Hassan’s Budget Address.


Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem):  “Senate Republicans have been very clear that we will live within our means, and certainly not support the Governor’s Billion Dollar spending increase. We will not support increasing taxes as the Governor proposes on businesses, driver, and smokers.”


Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro): “Budgets are about priorities, and lowering our high business tax rates is the strongest step we can take to boost New Hampshire’s economy and attract new jobs to our state. Governor Hassan’s priorities are to increase state spending, rely on questionable revenues like Keno gambling, and impose an income tax on New Hampshire business owners.”


Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith): “I have made protecting dedicated funds a priority in the next budget, and I want to thank Governor Hassan for agreeing to this approach. But I can’t agree with her call for higher taxes to pay for a billion dollar budget increase.”


Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair David Boutin (R-Hooksett): “The Governor is counting on state revenues that are more than $100 million a year higher than the bipartisan recommendations of the House Ways and Means Committee, in part because she wants to raises taxes and again rely on gambling revenue that the Legislature hasn’t approved. We need to make sure our revenues are realistic as we put the next budget together.”





SB 5- Automatically transfers budget surpluses to NH Rainy Day Fund.


SB 13- Requires 2/3 vote of House and Senate in order to use dedicated fund for other purposes.


SB 1- Lowers Business Profits Tax from 8.5% to 7.9%.


SB 2- Lowers Business Enterprise Tax from 0.75% to 0.675%.


NRSC - UL: Hassan's budget: Short on priorities 


KEY TAKEAWAY:  "Gov. Maggie Hassan made her priorities clear on Thursday: more spending, higher taxes, more state employees, and no real innovation. What a disappointment."

Hassan's budget: Short on priorities
New Hampshire Union Leader
February 12, 2015

Budgets are all about priorities, and Gov. Maggie Hassan made her priorities clear on Thursday: more spending, higher taxes, more state employees, and no real innovation. What a disappointment.

The budget contains sizeable increases in business and tobacco taxes. It relies on revenue from expanded gambling (keno, this time, rather than a casino). And it funds a hodgepodge of spending increases, as though the governor had a hard time deciding where to spend the state’s limited resources and just threw portions here and there so that no constituency would feel left out.

University System of New Hampshire (USNH) funding goes from $84 million this year to $87 million next year, then $94 million in 2017. But is that really the best use of that money?

While the governor gives USNH millions more (though far less than what the system requested), her budget cuts millions from the Division of Behavioral Health, the Division of Developmental Services, the Division of Family Assistance, and the juvenile justice and child support services in the Department of Health and Human Services.

The HHS budget grows a lot under Hassan’s proposal, but much of that is in Medicaid.

The governor dedicates $4 million to laying the groundwork for commuter rail (more about that in the editorial below). Would that money not be better spent on reducing wait times in the state court system, which gets only $2.4 million more in her budget, or shoring up the social services programs she cut?

The best that one can say for this budget proposal is that at least she had the guts to admit she needed tax increases to balance it. It surely will go nowhere in the Legislature.

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