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Wednesday
Jun242015

NH GOP - JOHN LYNCH VS. MAGGIE HASSAN ON RECKLESS BUDGET VETO 

"While we had many disagreements with Governor Lynch, he realized that vetoing the state budget would 'create chaos in state government' and generate 'serious repercussions' for our state. Governor Hassan is putting her political ambitions before New Hampshire's best interests by threatening a reckless veto that could put critical state services at risk. It is time for the governor to end her partisan attacks, follow the example set by Governor Lynch, and stop playing politics with New Hampshire's fiscal integrity." - Jennifer Horn

 

In June 2011, Governor John Lynch Let Budget Bill Pass Without His Signature

Lynch Said A Veto Would, "Create Chaos In State Government." "However, a veto, which would likely be overridden by the GOP, had the potential to create what Lynch called 'chaos in state government,' in the ensuing partisan battle." (Tom Fahey, "Lynch To Allow Budget To Become Law Without His Signature," New Hampshire Union Leader6/24/2011)

  • Lynch Refused To Veto The Budget Because Of The Risk Of A Government Shutdown. "If a stalemate developed over a veto, Lynch said, residents would face a possible shutdown of state government, with disruptions to parks and essential business such as driver's license renewals and road repairs." (Tom Fahey, "Lynch To Allow Budget To Become Law Without His Signature," New Hampshire Union Leader6/24/2011) 
     
  • Lynch Also Worried About The Impact A Shutdown Would Have On The State's Credit Rating And State Employees. LYNCH: "There could be serious repercussions to the people of our great state if there is no budget in place on July 1: vital services could be unavailable to our citizens, including everything from driver's license renewal services, permitting required for businesses and critical road repairs. Also, state parks could be closed for the Fourth of July, employees and private contractors wouldn't get paid and our state credit rating could be impacted." (Gov. John Lynch, "Governor Will Let Budget Bills Become Law Without His Signature," Press Release, 6/24/2011)

  • Lynch Conceded A Veto Would Not Lead To A Better Budget. LYNCH: "Given the legislature's rejection of proposed remedies to the problems in the budget, it is clear that a veto would not lead to a better budget." (Gov. John Lynch, "Governor Will Let Budget Bills Become Law Without His Signature," Press Release, 6/24/2011)

  • The New Hampshire Legislature Supported Governor Lynch's Decision. "Speaker of the House William O'Brien said, 'it is great news for New Hampshire that Gov. Lynch realizes the importance of having a budget that lives within our means and delivers tax cuts that will grow our economy.' Senate President Peter Bragdon said Lynch's decision is 'good news for New Hampshire taxpayers. Our spending plan for the next two years is balanced, lives within our means and does not raise taxes or fees.' House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, R-Salem, said, 'While the governor will certainly not be awarded any profiles in courage by not signing this budget, we are glad that he decided not to stand in the way.'" (Tom Fahey, "Lynch To Allow Budget To Become Law Without His Signature," New Hampshire Union Leader,6/24/2011)

In June 2015, Governor Maggie Hassan Announced Her Intent To Veto Budget Bill

Hassan Vowed To Veto The State Budget Because Of "Unfunded Tax Cuts For Big Corporations." "Because this budget is unbalanced, dishonest about what it funds, and includes unpaid-for business tax cuts that create a more than $90 million budget hole at the expense of critical economic priorities, I will veto it if it comes to my desk as it is." (Gov. Maggie Hassan, "Republican Budget Is Fiscally Irresponsible and Unbalanced, Will Veto If Comes to Desk As It Is," Press Release, 6/18/15)

 

The Associated Press Headline: "Hassan Takes Strong Stand Against Business Tax Cuts." (Kathleen Ronayne, "Hassan Takes Strong Stand Against Business Tax Cuts," The Associated Press, 6/18/15)

 

Hassan's Veto Threat "Was A Departure From Her Traditional Approach Of Portraying Herself As Bipartisan..."

 

Hassan's Budget Veto Threat "Was A Departure From Her Traditional Approach Of Portraying Herself As Bipartisan, Willing To Work Across The Proverbial Aisle To Reach Compromise."  "But for months, the 'betting' had been that Hassan will not run for re-election and instead take on Ayotte. That has changed in recent weeks, and particularly during the past week, with many Democrats and Republicans, including some Democrats in key positions, now getting the impression that the governor will run for re-election. That belief has been further fueled by the budget battle raging at the State House. Hassan's veto threat, issued on Wednesday night, was a departure from her traditional approach of portraying herself as bipartisan, willing to work across the proverbial aisle to reach compromise -- a theme she would be likely to promote if she were to run for the U.S. Senate. This week, she dug in on the spending plan. Critics say she went uncharacteristically partisan, while supporters say she simply is refusing to bend on key specific budget items." (John DiStaso, "Analysis: Is Hassan Now Leaning Against US Senate Run?," WMUR, 6/19/15)

 

Hassan's Potential Veto Of The State Budget Could Harm Health And Social Service Programs

Social Services Advocates Are Worried That Hassan's Veto Would Harm Their Programs. "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.'" (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

  • "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 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, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

Gina Balkus, An Advocate For Home Health Agencies Said, "This Is Really, From Our Perspective, The Best Budget We've Seen In Years." "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.'" (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

  • Balkus: "We Hope Our Needs Don't Get Lost In The Political Fray That Results From A Veto." "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.'" (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)
Wednesday
Jun242015

NRSC - WMUR: Republicans remind Lynch in 2011 let GOP budget become law 

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KEY TAKEAWAY: Four years ago, then-Gov. John Lynch strongly opposed the GOP-passed budget, but rather than veto it, he let the package become law without his signature. Lynch said at the time that a veto of the budget had the potential to create “chaos in state government,” including a government shutdown.

Republicans Remind: Lynch in 2011 let GOP budget become law
Hassan’s predecessor cited saying veto could mean ‘chaos in state government’ 
WMUR
John DiStaso
June 23, 2015
http://www.wmur.com/politics/republicans-remind-lynch-in-2011-let-gop-budget-become-law/33720666

The state Republican Party on Tuesday will try to use the words of Gov. Maggie Hassan’s predecessor and fellow Democrat against her as she apparently prepares to veto the two-year spending plan passed by the Republican majority in the Legislature.

Four years ago, then-Gov. John Lynch strongly opposed the GOP-passed budget, but rather than veto it, he let the package become law without his signature.

Lynch said at the time that a veto of the budget had the potential to create “chaos in state government,” including a government shutdown.

The state Republican Party cited a passage from Lynch’s press release, issued on June 24, 2011, in which he said he would let the budget become law without signing it.

“There could be serious repercussions to the people of our great state if there is no budget in place on July 1,” Lynch said in the release. “Vital services could be unavailable to our citizens, including everything from driver's license renewal services, permitting required for businesses and critical road repairs. Also, state parks could be closed for the Fourth of July, employees and private contractors wouldn't get paid and our state credit rating could be impacted.”

Lynch also said at the time, “Given the Legislature's rejection of proposed remedies to the problems in the budget, it is clear that a veto would not lead to a better budget.”

Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn said Monday, “While we had many disagreements with Gov. Lynch, he realized that vetoing the state budget would ‘create chaos in state government’ and generate ‘serious repercussions’ for our state. Gov. Hassan is putting her political ambitions before New Hampshire’s best interests by threatening a reckless veto that could put critical state services at risk. It is time for the governor to end her partisan attacks, follow the example set by Gov. Lynch, and stop playing politics with New Hampshire’s fiscal integrity.”

Horn also cited a Concord Monitor report on June 21, in which Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies, said the current budget is “the best budget we’ve seen in years.”

There are differences between 2011 and 2015, primarily that four years ago, Republicans held a majority large enough to override a veto, while this year they do not. Some Republicans promised in 2011 that if Lynch vetoed the budget, they would make the cuts deeper.

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Thursday
Sep052013

Former Governor John Lynch Joins USNH Board of Trustees 

Former Governor John Lynch Joins USNH Board of Trustees

September 4, 2013 – Former Governor John Lynch has rejoined the University System of New Hampshire's Board of Trustees.  Lynch was nominated by Governor Maggie Hassan and unanimously approved by the Executive Council. 

Before his service as Governor, Lynch was the USNH board chairman.  The former Governor will replace lobbyist and former Senate President Edward Dupont of Durham, a 10-year trustee, who also served as the board chair for several terms.

“I am honored to return to the USNH Board of Trustees,” said Lynch.  “Higher education faces many challenges, including shifting student demographics and the integration of new technologies enabling students to gain a quality education at reduced cost.  I am excited to rejoin the board, focused on making sure our public schools of higher education continue to move forward as strong leaders in maintaining and expanding a highly educated workforce, committed to the success of our state.”

“John is truly committed to the state of New Hampshire and understands the merit USNH adds to the state and its citizens.  His proven leadership in both government and business will be of tremendous help, as we continue to work towards maximizing the value we offer our students,” said Pamela Diamantis, USNH board chairwoman. 

“We are excited to have John Lynch return to the Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Todd Leach, chancellor of USNH.  His insight into government and business will be critical to this board, as we continue to seek innovative ways to partner with businesses and graduate more students prepared for this increasingly competitive environment.”

Lynch served as New Hampshire’s Governor for an unprecedented four terms.  He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire, a master's degree from Harvard Business School, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.  Previously, he was admissions director at Harvard Business School and served as president and CEO of Knoll, Inc., a Pennsylvania furniture company. 

The four-year trustee term for Lynch would run through June 30, 2017.

 
About USNH

The 27-member board is responsible for the oversight of the University System, which includes the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College, and Granite State College.

Saturday
Jan052013

Josiah Bartlett Center - For Hassan, Some Administrative Lessons from Lynch

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In New Hampshire, the role of the governor can be divided into two segments: on one side, the governor is an administrator, a sort of city manager for state government. This area is often seen as Lynch’s greatest strength. His approach to administrative management is one that the incoming governor can emulate.

Because New Hampshire’s executive branch is independent of the governor in many ways (as opposed to a cabinet-style executive branch common in most states), the governor’s ability to select managers is limited. In Hassan’s case, many of her most critical department heads aren’t up for appointment for years, in some cases for another three years... Click here to keep reading.

Thursday
Nov152012

NH DHHS - Governor Lynch to Proclaim November as “Safe Disposal of Medical Sharps  Month”

Government, Industry and Health Care Leaders Announce Safe Sharps Disposal

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WHAT: Press Event



WHEN: 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 15, 2012



WHERE: Executive Council Chambers, NH State House, Concord, NH



WHY: At a special event Thursday morning, Governor John Lynch will

proclaim November as “Safe Disposal of Medical Sharps Month.”

The Medical Sharps Subcommittee of the Health and Human

Services Oversight Committee of the New Hampshire Legislature

has collaborated with government, industry and health care

leaders to help educate New Hampshire residents about the

proper disposal of medical sharps.





A representative of Waste Management, Inc. will announce an

agreement to bring sharps disposal boxes to the State House and

Legislative Office Building in Concord. The secure, metal

boxes will be provided courtesy of Waste Management. The

company will also provide free, regular collection and disposal

of the used sharps.





State Representative J. David Knox, Chairman of the Medical

Sharps Subcommittee will also announce efforts to provide

20,000 free labels for NH sharps users reading “Medical Sharps

Container – Not for Recycling.” The labels, designed to be

applied to sealed detergent bottles filled with used household

sharps, will be available at many local transfer stations

throughout the State and will also be distributed by the

Granite State Diabetes Educators