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Friday
Nov082013

NH House Republican Leaders Comment on House Bill on Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and Medicaid Expansion Commission member Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare) offered the following statements relative to the unveiling of a House bill dealing with Medicaid Expansion that will be debated during the Special Session.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“The Governor and House Democrats have proposed an expansion of a government entitlement program that will likely push New Hampshire towards a broad based sales or income tax. We should be looking to reform Medicaid, not grow its rolls by tens of thousands. We should strive to find more innovative and cost effective ways to provide access to healthcare in New Hampshire. Republicans will continue to suggest alternatives that protect taxpayers and increase personal responsibility measures.”

“The bill also has provisions outside of the Medicaid Expansion Commission’s recommendation and gives us even more reason to question the intention of the bill. The bill eliminates the Join Health Care Reform Oversight Committee. This committee is essential to maximizing transparency during the Obamacare implementation period.”

Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare)


"The Medicaid Expansion Commission majority proposal is compassionate, but it's unaffordable to New Hampshire taxpayers.  It would expand the Medicaid program to provide free health insurance for the working poor  --  that's compassionate  --  but it would make New Hampshire taxpayers responsible for an unlimited increase in the state's share of the costs  --  that's unaffordable.  The minority of the Commission recommended a better way, one that would provide health insurance but limit costs to the state's taxpayers.  I hope the full House will consider that more responsible approach."

Friday
Sep132013

US Sen Shaheen - Up For a Vote 

Jeanne Shaheen

Friends,

Efficiency is the cheapest and fastest way to address our country’s energy needs.

That’s why I’ve proposed bipartisan legislation with Sen. Rob Portman: The Energy Savings and Industry Competitiveness Act.

The bill came to the floor yesterday, and a full Senate vote could come soon.

If we can pass it, it will save money, create jobs and decrease harmful emissions.

Take a look at this infographic explaining how this bill works and the positive impact it will have.

Check it out, then sign my petition calling for the Senate to pass this bill immediately.

Click here to view the infographic right now and support the Energy Savings and Industry Competitiveness Act.

This bill is exactly what our country needs – we can’t afford to keep using outdated, inefficient technologies when there are better options available.

With your help, we can finally get it passed.

Thank you,

Jeanne

The Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industry Competitiveness Act. Click here to view the full graphic.

Saturday
Jun012013

Citizens Report: Weekly Newsletter

State Senate Commerce Committee rejects legislation that would have moved New Hampshire towards a partnership healthcare exchange under Obamacare

The Senate Commerce Committee voted 3-2 against HB 668 this week, which would have moved New Hampshire towards a partnership healthcare exchange under Obamacare. Citizens for A Strong New Hampshire applauds the Senate Commerce Committee's decision to reject HB 668.


In 2012, HB 1297 was signed into law by Governor Lynch. HB 1297 prohibited the state of New Hampshire from planning, creating, or participating in a state health care exchange. The bill also established guidelines for interaction with a federally-facilitated exchange created for New Hampshire.

 

We are encouraged by the Senate Commerce Committee's recommendation to reject HB 668 and prevent New Hampshire from moving towards a state partnership exchange under Obamacare.

This piece of legislation was just another attempt by Governor Hassan to circumvent last year's law against creating a state healthcare exchange. In addition, this 'exchange' has been reported to only include one provider, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, thus implementing a state run monopoly.

 

The bill will be voted on by the entire State Senate next week.
 
 

New Hampshire House rejects legislative oversight in approval process of state union contracts

On Tuesday, the House voted 191-135 rejecting SB 153, a bill that would have offered legislative oversight through the fiscal committee with collective bargaining agreements entered into by the state.

 

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire was disappointed that the House was unwilling to include the fiscal committee into collective bargaining agreements entered into by the state. This bill would have required the state to follow the same approval process that is expected at the county and local levels and would have provided integrity and transparency into the process.

 
 

Join Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire for a visibility at Senator Jeanne Shaheen's Town Hall meeting next week

After months without public events for Granite Staters to ask Senator Jeanne Shaheen the tough questions, she will finally be attending a Town Hall meeting next week in Manchester and Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire will be there to fight for the issues we believe in.  

We are asking you to join us for a visibility outside of Senator Shaheen's Town Hall to call on her to support policies that create jobs, lower taxes and improve the economy.

When: Friday, June 7th from 10:30am - 11:30am 
Where: Saint Anselm College, Institute of Politics 
100 St. Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH 03102

Please RSVP if you can attend to Kristin@strongnh.com    
 
 

Help us reach more Granite Staters!

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is working hard to educate Granite Staters on the important issues facing our state and country, but we need your help to spread that message. If you have friends or family that might be interested in reading our weekly e-newsletters,be sure to forward this link along to them and have them sign up.

 

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Thursday
Apr182013

NH Senate Republicans Comment on Passage of Pro-Jobs Legislation

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senate Republicans released the following statements on the passage of two pro-jobs bills during today’s session.

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) on the passage of HB 598, increasing the reasonable compensation safe harbor for Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) owners:

“In 2011, I was proud to sponsor SB125 to reform the state’s LLC statutes and establish a minimum safe harbor threshold of $50,000 for small business owners to draw as a salary.  HB598 increases that threshold to $75,000 which will allow small business owners to keep more of what they make each year without worrying about intrusive audits of their finances.  By establishing a more appropriate threshold, this legislation removes concerns about shifting levels of taxation and is another important step to ensuring New Hampshire remains a business-friendly state that nurtures our small businesses.”

Sen. Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) on the passage of HB676, extending the Coos County Job Creation Tax Credit:

“The Coos County Job Creation Tax Credit has been an added incentive to North Country businesses to create jobs throughout the recession by providing a credit against the business enterprise taxes a business would pay on new employees.  As the state and the region continue to work our way back from the economic downturn, it is important that this incentive remain in place to remove some of the disincentive to hire and instead encourage the creation and expansion of business and job opportunities across the North Country.”

Both bills passed by votes of 24-0, without amendment, and now head to the Governor for her signature.

Wednesday
Apr032013

Werherecoalition.org - Ready for another new tax?

 

 

Concord, NH (April 2, 2013) -- Should the federal government pass the “Main Street Fairness Act” into law? Do not let the title fool you.  This legislation will in fact shut down most small businesses and many large ones. Instead of creating “fairness”, it will put an end to the free market that exists now on the internet.
 
For small businesses that use the internet to do business, this new legislation would require you to file with the tax collectors in every state. That will require you to comply with no less than 9,600 different tax codes that are changing everyday without you realizing it.
 
Now here is the icing on the cake, if you are audited by a state that you have sent products or provided services in, in order to defend yourself, you will have to travel to that state.
 
The scary part is that during the recent budget debate on Capitol Hill there was a nonbinding vote on this legislation. It garnered over 70 votes in the Senate that would have been enough to pass.
 
Some of you might remember years ago the state of Massachusetts tried to force a tire company in New Hampshire to collect information on the people they sold too and to charge the Massachusetts sales tax on any purchases made by Massachusetts residents. Thankfully the case was taken to the Supreme Court and the court found in favor of the New Hampshire business and against the state of Massachusetts. This does provide some legal precedence, but we all know how that works when it comes to legislation on the Hill.
 
Proponents of the Marketplace Fairness Act will tell you it will not affect your small business, that you have to make over a million dollars to meet the requirement, but don’t be fool by that either. If you deal in high cost items and a few sales hit that mark you will be held accountable. This is based on gross sales, and there are no parameters built in to consider the cost of running the business itself.  It is a false exemption that doesn’t even include a definition from the federal tax code and it is far too low.  The US Treasury Department labels small business with those doing business in excess of $10 million and the SBA labels it at $30 million. 
 
The last thing any of us need is yet another new tax on top of the recent increased payroll tax and the number of other forms of taxation and fees that are being debated on the Hill and in your state capital right now.
 
Speak up and out about this intrusive tax that will destroy the free market enterprises that exist today on the internet. I suggest visiting: http://werherecoalition.org/
The revolutionary market place of the internet could be just one vote away from destruction, is that vote coming from your Senator or Congressman? I think you should ask, don’t you?