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NH Senators Forrester, Morse comment on defeat of Governor Hassan budget bill 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

(CONCORD) Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) issued the following statement on the Committee voting down the Governor’s request for budget cuts from the Legislative and Judicial Branches:


“For almost a year, I have been asking Governor Hassan to share with the Legislature information on the spending problems within New Hampshire agencies. With revenues running ahead of projections, it was essential that we address spending proactively. Instead, the Governor kept the problem to herself, tried to blame it on revenues even as they exceeded our targets, and finally came forward with this package of cuts to branches that are controlling their spending.”


“The Governor would have raided dedicated funds and taken money from branches that are living within their budgets, yet would barely scratch the surface of the $58 million overspending problem. As such, the Finance Committee voted down this bill.”


Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) added the following statement:


“The Legislature continues to manage its budget, and it is now time for the Governor to manage her state agencies spending problems. She needs to stop raiding dedicated funds and trying to take money away from other branches of government that are meeting their Constitutional obligation to live within their means.”


Citizens For A Strong NH - ICYMI: Dufresne: Hassan does not believe in being accessible or accountable 





By: Derek Dufresne


"The people of New Hampshire expect and deserve the office of the governor to be as open and accessible as possible." 


- Gov. Maggie Hassan 


Sounds logical, right? In fact, it actually seems like government transparency is one of the few areas in modern politics where all Granite Staters, regardless of ideology, could find common ground. Gov. Maggie Hassan is correct in her premise that the people of New Hampshire deserve two things: openness and accessibility. However, despite the aforementioned quote from the governor being predominantly displayed in the opening paragraph of her taxpayer-funded website, our state's chief executive has failed to meet even her own two parameters necessary for transparency.


Read the opinion column in its entirety at the by clicking here.



Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today posted a job listing for Governor Maggie Hassan's proposed "Chief Operating Officer" position on Craig's List. Applicants must be able to "do the governor's job while she pursues other political opportunities."

"New Hampshire voters elected Maggie Hassan to manage state government - not to hire a highly paid bureaucrat to do her job while she runs for United States Senate. Our state deserves a full time governor in the corner office instead of a self-centered politician like Maggie Hassan who is solely focused on her political ambitions," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn.

Click Here To Read The Full Chief Operating Officer Job Listing 


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.


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