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Wednesday
Jun242015

NH Senate President, House Speaker support Continuing Resolution at FY ’15 funding 

Concord, NH- Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) and New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson) released the following statement on the proposed Continuing Resolution that would keep state government open by funding operations at the fiscal year 2015 rate, should Governor Hassan veto the legislative budget. 

 

“If the Governor and our Democratic colleagues would like to spend at the levels authorized in this budget, they should support this budget. Otherwise, we will work to ensure state government operations continue on July 1st just as they do on June 30th,” said Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem).

 

“The best course for New Hampshire would be for Governor Hassan to let this budget become law, and avoid the need for a Continuing Resolution altogether,” Morse added.

 

“We certainly agree with our Democratic colleagues that it is important to support higher education, substance abuse treatment, public safety and more. That’s why our budget provides much needed funding in our fight against substance abuse, increases funding for local schools and higher education, and appropriates more money for health and human services than any previous budget in our state’s history.  If Governor Hassan and the Democrats are so concerned about these issues, the solution is quite simple.  Rather than offer a continuing resolution that would authorize agencies to spend 96 percent of the first six months of the 2016 budget, they should join with us and pass a fiscally responsible budget on to the governor that will fund the next two years at 100%,” said NH House Speaker Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson).

 

“By refusing to support a budget that will allow our state to take care of those most in need the Democrats are turning their backs on the people of New Hampshire. We have crafted a budget that will enable a stronger economy, promote job growth, and make New Hampshire more competitive,” Jasper concluded.

 

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Tuesday
Jun232015

NRSC - NH Charities: GOP Budget Is The Best Budget In Years 

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WASHINGTON – As Governor Maggie Hassan continues to resist compromise and threaten a budget veto which would shutdown New Hampshire, groups that care for the most vulnerable Granite Staters are pleading with the Governor not to reject the “best budget in years."

As the Concord Monitor reports:

“But the advocates fear a veto could jeopardize those small advances. They are worried about the uncertainty a veto would create. ‘This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we’ve seen in years,’ said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. ‘We hope our needs don’t get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.’ The current state budget expires June 30. Without a set spending plan in place, many health and social service providers won’t know how much money they get or whether their programs could again be on the chopping block. ‘The uncertainty that it creates is the biggest problem,’ said Jeff Dickinson, Advocacy Director for Granite State Independent Living.”  (Allie Morris, Health, Social Services Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat, Concord Monitor, 06/21/15)

“Social service providers are calling this the best budget in years and urging the Governor to compromise, yet Maggie Hassan continues to stubbornly ignore the needs of the poor, disabled, and elderly,” said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “Hassan’s veto threat is just another reminder that she puts party politics above doing what's best for New Hampshire.”   

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Tuesday
Jun232015

NRSC - UL: Hassan vs. NH Business: Her 'Out-Of-State' Charade 

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ...

Union Leader: Hassan vs. NH Business: Her 'Out-Of-State' Charade

Editorial
June 21, 2015
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150622/OPINION01/150629832

Gov. Maggie Hassan last week claimed that New Hampshire business taxes really are taxes on out-of-state businesses. Therefore, we don’t need to cut them. This is nuts, as well as incorrect.

In her Thursday statement declaring why she would veto the state budget, she said it gives “unpaid-for tax cuts to big corporations, mostly headquartered out-of-state” and that will “put corporate special interests ahead of New Hampshire’s families, small businesses and economy.”

The Republican budget trims the state business profits and business enterprise taxes. Will most businesses that receive those tax cuts be headquartered out of state?

Hassan’s office says she based that claim on a 2011 New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) report, which used data from 2008. That report, “Business Taxes in New Hampshire: Where Do They Stand? How Much Do They Matter?” contains this section headline: “Of those businesses that incur a BPT or BET liability, the large majority are based outside New Hampshire.”

But the headline was incorrectly worded. The state Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) figures on which the NHFPI says that report was based show that more than half of business tax filers in 2008 were identified as New Hampshire companies. What the NHFPI report intended to show, rather, is that the majority of business tax revenue is paid by out-of-state businesses, not that most taxpaying businesses are from outside the state.

Yet that assertion is not verifiable.

According to the DRA, it could only approximate where a business was headquartered in 2008 by using the business’s Federal Employer Identification Number. But when businesses move, their federal ID numbers stay the same. A Massachusetts business that moved to New Hampshire in 2005 would still appear to be a Massachusetts business in 2008. So although the figures suggest most business tax revenue came from businesses that were created in other states, we cannot tell for certain. Today, the DRA collects no information on business headquarters, not even the federal ID number, so no one knows what the current breakdown is.

But even if most business tax revenue is generated by companies with out-of-state headquarters, Hassan is wrong to suggest that this negates the need to cut rates.

Lower rates will make New Hampshire more attractive, higher rates less attractive, regardless of where a company is based. Furthermore, assuming out-of-state companies do generate more than half of New Hampshire business tax revenue, one might wonder why New Hampshire, with the fourth-worst corporate tax burden in the nation (even Washington, D.C.’s is better), would have such a large portion of its business tax revenue paid by companies based outside the state. This seems not to occur to the governor.

Worst of all, though, Hassan ignores the effect of the state’s high business tax rates on New Hampshire businesses. To generate a cheap (and false) partisan talking point — that Republicans put out-of-state corporate interests first — she consigns New Hampshire businesss to continuing to pay the third-highest state corporate tax burden in the nation. That is one strange way to look out for New Hampshire small businesses.


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Tuesday
Jun232015

NH GOP - WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT GOVERNOR HASSAN'S BUDGET VETO THREAT 

"Nuts, As Well As Incorrect"; "Uncharacteristically Partisan"; "Worried About The Uncertainty"; "May Not Have Been Telling The Truth"; "Cheap (And False) Partisan Talking Point"; "Strange Way To Look Out For New Hampshire Small Businesses"

 

Associated Press: "Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan Is Taking A Strong Stand Against Republican Plans To Reduce The State's Two Major Business Taxes" (Kathleen Ronayne, "Hassan takes strong stand against business tax cuts," Associated Press, 6/18/15)

 

Concord Monitor: "Advocates Fear A Veto Could Jeopardize Those Small Advances. They Are Worried About The Uncertainty A Veto Would Create" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

 

  • "Best Budget We've Seen In Years" "'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)
  • "The Uncertainty That It Creates Is The Biggest Problem" "'The uncertainty that it creates is the biggest problem,' said Jeff Dickinson, Advocacy Director for Granite State Independent Living.'" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

 

Nashua Telegraph: "Republicans Called Her A "#Liar," And Maybe They Were Right" (Editorial, "The worst kind of hacktivism," Nashua Telegraph, 6/19/15)

 

  • "A Suspension of Belief That's Hard To Muster" "To believe that the "V-word" had not been uttered in the inner sanctums of the governor's office by the time Woodburn brought it up on the Senate floor requires a suspension of belief that's hard to muster." (Editorial, "The worst kind of hacktivism," Nashua Telegraph, 6/19/15) 
     
  • "Hassan May Not Have Been Telling The Truth" "So, yes, Hassan may not have been telling the truth." (Editorial, "The worst kind of hacktivism," Nashua Telegraph, 6/19/15)

 

NH1: "Liberal Base Of Her Party Rallying" "...she has the liberal base of her party rallying to her with fervor that surely has not been seen since her re-election campaign last fall." (Kevin Landrigan, "NH1 News Political Report: June 18, 2015", NH1, 6/19/15)

 

  • "Largely Irrelevant In Crafting The State Budget" "After being largely irrelevant in crafting the state budget over the past several months, Hassan is about to use the one tool she has..." (Kevin Landrigan, "NH1 News Political Report: June 18, 2015", NH1, 6/19/15)

 

Union Leader: "Nuts, As Well As Incorrect" "Gov. Maggie Hassan last week claimed that New Hampshire business taxes really are taxes on out-of-state businesses. Therefore, we don't need to cut them. This is nuts, as well as incorrect." (Editorial, "Hassan vs. NH business: Her 'out-of-state' charade," Union Leader, 6/22/15)

 

  • "Hassan is wrong to suggest that this negates the need to cut rates" "But even if most business tax revenue is generated by companies with out-of-state headquarters, Hassan is wrong to suggest that this negates the need to cut rates." (Editorial, "Hassan vs. NH business: Her 'out-of-state' charade," Union Leader, 6/22/15)
  • "Seems Not To Occur To The Governor" "Lower rates will make New Hampshire more attractive, higher rates less attractive, regardless of where a company is based. Furthermore, assuming out-of-state companies do generate more than half of New Hampshire business tax revenue, one might wonder why New Hampshire, with the fourth-worst corporate tax burden in the nation (even Washington, D.C.'s is better), would have such a large portion of its business tax revenue paid by companies based outside the state. This seems not to occur to the governor." (Editorial, "Hassan vs. NH business: Her 'out-of-state' charade," Union Leader, 6/22/15)
  • "Strange Way To Look Out For New Hampshire Small Businesses" "Worst of all, though, Hassan ignores the effect of the state's high business tax rates on New Hampshire businesses. To generate a cheap (and false) partisan talking point - that Republicans put out-of-state corporate interests first - she consigns New Hampshire businesses to continuing to pay the third-highest state corporate tax burden in the nation. That is one strange way to look out for New Hampshire small businesses." (Editorial, "Hassan vs. NH business: Her 'out-of-state' charade," Union Leader, 6/22/15)

 

WMUR: "Departure From Her Traditional Approach Of Portraying Herself As Bipartisan" "Hassan's veto threat...was a departure from her traditional approach of portraying herself as bipartisan, willing to work across the proverbial aisle to reach compromise..." (John DiStaso, "Analysis: Is Hassan now leaning against US Senate run?" WMUR, 6/19/15)

 

  • "Uncharacteristically Partisan" "Critics say she went uncharacteristically partisan..." (John DiStaso, "Analysis: Is Hassan now leaning against US Senate run?", WMUR, 6/19/15)

 

WMUR: "Morse Fired Back At The Governor...'Make No Mistake. If Gov. Hassan Vetoes Our Smart And Sensible Budget, It's Only Because Of Narrow Special Interests And Her Ambition For Higher Office,' He Said." (Josh McElveen, "Hassan promises veto of Republican-led budget plan", WMUR, 6/18/15)

 

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Tuesday
Jun232015

NH House Republican Majority Caucus comments on Veto threat 

The House Republican Majority Caucus comments on Governor Hassan's threat to veto the state budget.
"The house and the senate conferee's have developed a sound and sensible budget that meets the needs of our state, while helping the most vulnerable. If fully funds adequacy education for all students and will help to make New Hampshire more competitive with our neighboring states by lowering the business tax burden that has kept many companies from locating in our state. By meeting all of the needs of our state, we are confident this budget is the beginning of making New Hampshire a place for jobs and growth."  Commented  Rep.    William L. O'Brien, Mont Vernon.  
 
Governor Hassan's veto threat of a carefully crafted responsible budget is a danger to our states credit rating.  Having a solid fiscal plan is critical to maintaining solid credit for our state.  If she vetos the budget, she is rejecting fully funding education adequacy for all students and helping our businesses.  There is no basis for her vetoing other than she didn't get added tax increases on our citizens."  stated Rep. Stephen Stepanek, Amherst.
 
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