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Friday
Oct032014

NH Senate Republicans - Governor Hassan finally admits NH's spending problem as she calls for $30 to $70 million in cuts 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senate Finance Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) today applauded Governor Maggie Hassan for finally admitting and attempting to address New Hampshire's mounting spending problem, as Hassan yesterday directed state agencies to find $30 million in cuts in addition to a separate $40 million hole at the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

"I'm pleased that the Governor has finally admitted that New Hampshire is facing a severe spending problem in the FY15 budget," Forrester said. "On the heels of her $22 million shortfall in the FY14 budget, and mounting problems at HHS, addressing this spending problem is long overdue."

 

The FY14 budget signed into law by Hassan required her to deliver a $26.7 million surplus, but this week's report showed only $4.2 million in FY14 surplus. Hassan is also counting on $19.5 million in surplus funds from the FY13 Republican budget to prop up last year's spending.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services recently told the Legislative Fiscal Committee that it faces $40 million in overspending in the current year. Hassan has just nine months left in the fiscal year to get the budget back into balance.

 

"Because the Governor failed to meet her numbers last year, we're already starting this year in the hole. Because the Governor has already delayed action for three months, the coming cuts will be more severe than they had to be," Forrester continued. "We look forward to reviewing in detail the Governor's recommendations for saving $40 million at HHS and $30 million across other executive departments. The Governor needs to be transparent and share state spending data with the Legislature and the public."

Thursday
Oct022014

NH Senate Republicans - Governor Hassan's Budget Shortfall Grows 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Senate Leader says State has $22 Million Budget Shortfall not Budget Surplus

 

Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) issued the following statement today in regards to Governor Maggie Hassan’s recently released statement on the progress of meeting 2014 budget numbers:

 

“The budget law the Governor signed requires the state to have a $26.7 million surplus. The Governor reported yesterday that the state had a $19.5 million budget surplus, $7.2 million short of the requirement. However, the shortfall number is actually worse because the Governor is also including $15.3 million from the FY13 Republican surplus.

 

'The Governor is presenting a false picture to New Hampshire taxpayers on the state’s finances. We have a $22 million dollar shortfall that the Legislature will have to deal with, and it could be worse since we haven’t seen the spending numbers for the first quarter of FY15.

 

“The problem with that lack of transparency is that the problems only grow larger and the budget cuts become more difficult. We hope that the Governor will be more straightforward about the budget so that taxpayers will know exactly the problems facing the state when the next Legislature convenes in January.”

 

 

BACKGROUND:

House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 (2013) require the Governor to achieve a $26.7 million surplus in fiscal year 2014 to roll over as the starting point for fiscal year 2015. Her surplus of $19.5 million actually creates a shortfall of $7.2 million in fiscal year 2015.

 

The Republican led legislature passed a previous budget (FY12-13) that generated a $15.3 million surplus. Despite efforts (SB 415, 2014) to place the surplus into the Rainy Day Fund immediately to shore up the State’s credit rating, the Democratic House killed this important legislation.

 

$7.2 million + $15.3 million Republican surplus = $22.5 million shortfall for FY2015

 

Wednesday
Oct012014

NH Senate Republicans - Sen. Forrester responds to Governor Hassan failing to control state spending 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

 

Concord, NH – Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) issued the following statement on the release of the Preliminary and Unaudited FY 2014 Surplus Statement:

 

“I’m very troubled that an early review of the Governor’s unaudited statement shows she did not meet the $26 million surplus as required in the budget and by state law.  This raises serious concerns about her commitment and ability to control spending in Fiscal Year 2015.  I hope the Governor will be more forthcoming about sharing spending levels on a monthly basis, which I have repeatedly requested, to ensure the State only spends what it can afford to avoid further deficit spending.”

 

Saturday
Sep272014

NH DHHS - Celebrating Forty Years of WIC Services in New Hampshire

WHEN: Monday, September 29, 2014

WHERE: Grappone Conference Center

70 Constitution Avenue

Concord, NH



TIME: 8:00 a.m.







The New Hampshire WIC Nutrition Program will be holding an event to



celebrate 40 years of WIC services in New Hampshire. A daylong event will



be held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord starting at 8:00 AM



and ending at 4:15 PM. Approximately 90 WIC staff at the State and local



offices will be attending. The program will include a morning welcome from



the Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas



and a lunchtime congratulations from Kurt Messner, the USDA Northeast



Regional Administrator. Confirmed dignitaries include U.S. Representative



Ann McLane Kuster, who will speak in the morning, and a representative from



Governor Margaret Hassan’s office, who will present a WIC 40th Anniversary



proclamation. Awards will be presented to State and local WIC agency staff



with 25 or more years of service and to grocery stores in the State that



have accepted WIC vouchers for the entire 40 years

Wednesday
Sep242014

NHGOP LAUNCHES "TAXIN' HASSAN" WEBSITE 

NHGOP LAUNCHES "TAXIN' HASSAN" WEBSITE

 


 

Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today launched  www.taxinhassan.com, a website dedicated to chronicling Governor Maggie Hassan's failed fiscal leadership and support for reckless tax increases and spending. 


 
"Throughout her political career, Governor Maggie Hassan has supported reckless tax increases and failed to provide fiscally responsible leadership for New Hampshire. Instead of managing state spending, Hassan proposed a bloated state budget that would have burdened working families and small business with more taxes and fees," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "The Republican Majority in the State Senate can only do so much to put the brakes on Governor Hassan's tax and spend agenda. It's time to put a proven leader and responsible manager like Walt Havenstein in the corner office."


 
Granite Staters can learn more about Maggie Hassan's fiscally irresponsible track record at www.taxinhassan.com.  The site will be updated throughout the election season.