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Friday
Feb152013

CEI - Landmark Bill Would End Taxpayer Handout to Gov’t Unions

Coalition of Gov’t Watchdog Groups Urge Support of "Federal Employee Accountability Act"

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 14, 2013 - Government labor unions have long been able to conduct union business while on the job and on the taxpayer dime, under a little-known policy called “official time.”  Legislation introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey could end this tax give-away to unions, and a new coalition of government watchdog groups called on Congress today to support that plan.

"No one disputes the right for workers to form a union," said Matt Patterson, a CEI Senior Fellow. "But when unions use the government to secure for themselves privileged status and perks, when they use the levers of power to funnel public money into their private coffers, they break a sacred covenant of free government, which works only when and if the law is applied equally and to all."

"Every federal government employee swears an oath to defend the Constitution and to perform their civic duty is the best way possible," said Trey Kovacs, a CEI Labor Policy Analyst. "When a federal employee is conducting union business while on government duty that vow is broken. Unfortunately this happens everyday due to the costly and wasteful subsidy to federal union employees known as official time."

An estimated $155 million in taxpayer money was wasted on “official time” activities in 2011 alone, as the coalition letter explains.  A U.S. Office of Personnel Management official, Angela Bailey, has stated publically that federal workers spent nearly 3.4 million hours conducting union business in 2011.  The Federal Employee Accountability Actwould end that practice and save the taxpayers an estimated $1.3 billion over 10 years.

“At a time when the federal government lurches from one fiscal crisis to another, this is money we can no longer afford to squander on political favors to private special interests,” the letter states.

The coalition letter includes as signatories: CEI, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, the National Center for Public Policy Research, Heritage Action and the Alliance for Worker Freedom.

>>  View the coalition letter

>>  See also: Official Time: Taxpayers paying for union work is officially a scam


CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Thursday
Feb142013

MPP - NH Poll: 79% Support Medical Marijuana 

Bill to make medical marijuana legal for patients suffering from serious illnesses scheduled for legislative hearing next week

CONCORD – Seventy-nine percent (79%) of New Hampshire adults support allowing doctors to recommend marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses, according to the Granite State Poll sponsored by WMUR-TV and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. Just 14% said they were opposed.

The poll was released just as a bill is moving forward in the legislature that would allow patients suffering from serious illnesses to use medical marijuana with recommendations from their doctors.

“There is an exceptional amount of support for allowing patients suffering from serious illnesses to use medical marijuana in the treatment of their conditions,” said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project. “Very rarely do we see any proposed policy enjoy such overwhelming public support.”

H.B. 573, introduced by State Rep. Donna Schlachman (D-Exeter), would allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Patients would be able to grow up to four marijuana plants in their homes or obtain marijuana through one of five state-licensed alternative treatment centers. Gov. Maggie Hassan has expressed support for passing medical marijuana legislation. A medical marijuana bill that passed with bipartisan support last session was vetoed by then-governor John Lynch.

The House Committee on Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs is scheduled to hold a hearing on H.B. 573 next Thursday, February 21 at 10 a.m. ET in Rooms 205-207 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord.

“Marijuana been proven to be an effective treatment for a number of medical conditions and associated symptoms,” Simon said. “Seriously ill New Hampshire citizens who would benefit from medical marijuana should not – and in some cases cannot – wait any longer for the right to improve the quality of their lives.”

The Granite State Poll of 581 randomly selected New Hampshire adults was conducted between January 30 and February 5, 2013. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 4.1%. The poll can be downloaded at http://www.unh.edu/survey-center/news/pdf/gsp2013_winter_issues021213.pdf.

A survey conducted January 7-8 by Public Policy Polling showed more than two-thirds of New Hampshire voters (68%) think the state should enact a law allowing seriously ill patientsto use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia allow patients with qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana with recommendations from their physicians. Lawmakers in 12 states have introduced similar legislation this year, and medical marijuana bills are expected to be brought forward in an additional seven states.

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The Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana-policy-reform organization, has been responsible for changing most state-level marijuana laws since 2000. For more information, visit http://www.mpp.org.

Tuesday
Feb052013

NHPC - HB 540 Public Hearing - Feb 5th 

New Hampshire's leading entertainment and communications trade association, the
NH Production Coalition (NHPC), filed an LSR to develop production incentives to grow the creation of film and television content produced in the state of New Hampshire.

HB540 is scheduled for public hearing, before the Ways and Means Committee this Tuesday, February 5th, 2:15pm, at the Legislative Bldg.,
33 N State Street, Room 202, Concord.

We welcome your attendance at the hearing to show your support of the bill HB 540, and the work of the NHPC.


Also taking place on Tuesday, a bill has put forward that would eliminate the Department of Cultural Resources. This department strengthens the Arts in New Hampshire. Please click on the link below to find out how you can show your support for the Department of Cultural Resources.  

 

HB 561: Bill to ABOLISH the Dept of Cultural Resources   Public Hearing: 2:30 pm, Room 306 LOB

Monday
Jan282013

SGP - January 29 Education Alert 

Greetings! 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE 

Be Visible - be Vocal!  Be a Smart Girl!

 

CACR 3 - Parental Rights Amendment

Public Hearing - Tuesday, January 29

1:15 PM Legislative Office Bldg. (LOB) Rm. 206

 

SB 53 Repeal Parental Opt-Out of Objectionable Materials
Public Hearing - Tuesday, January 29
10:30 AM Legislative Office Bldg. Rm 103

HB 323 Right to Work Act
Public Hearing - Wednesday, January 30
9:30 AM Legislative Office Bldg. Rm 305-7

LINE IN THE GRANITE RALLY
Defend the 2nd Amendment - Thursday, January 31
12 Noon - 2 PM State House Courtyard
  

NEXT SGP MEETING 

February 13

Self Defense  

Michelle Clarke - RAD 

 

 Encourage one another!  Share this with your friendsGray  

 

Sincerely,

 

Susan Olsen & Karen Testerman

 

UPCOMING EVENTS
 SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
CONCORD MARCH FOR LIFE

9 AM Memorial Service - Concord Landfill
Old Turnpike Road

11:15 AM - Rally in State House Courtyard
11:45 AM - March for Life from State House to
St. John's Parish Hall
 
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Thursday, January 24 - 7-8:30 PM
TURBOCAM International
Cafeteria
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Barrington 

Monday, January 28 - 4-8 PM
Hampton Inn
195 Laconia Road
Tilton

Saturday, February 2 - 10 AM - 3 PM
Liberty Harbor Academy
 1230 Elm Street
Manchester






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Friday
Jan182013

SEIA - Breaking: Major regulatory victory for solar

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Proposes Key Interconnection Rule, SEIA Applauds

Solar trade group cites proposed rule as major regulatory victory for U.S. solar energy industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) today praised a proposed rule issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that will, if finalized, expedite and reduce the cost of solar project interconnection while maintaining electric system reliability and safety.

In 2005, FERC issued Order No. 2006, which for the first time established national interconnection procedures applicable to generation projects that are 20 megawatts (MW) or less in size and subject to FERC’s wholesale jurisdiction. Order No. 2006 was groundbreaking, and the procedures were voluntarily adopted by many states to apply to the retail interconnection process.  However, demand for solar energy has grown dramatically since Order No. 2006 was issued more than seven years ago, and certain aspects of the Order have become unnecessary barriers to cost-effective and timely interconnections. 

Seeing a need for updated federal standards, SEIA filed an interconnection rulemaking petition with FERC in February 2012.  The proposed rule will allow solar projects that meet certain technical screens to qualify for a “fast track” interconnection process, thus eliminating the need for costly and time-consuming studies.  As a result, the amount of solar considered under the “fast track” processes is expected to as much as double.

Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA said, “We applaud FERC for recognizing the challenges facing wholesale distributed generation development, which is one of the fastest-growing segments of the solar energy industry. This important proposed rule has the potential to roughly double the amount of solar generation capacity eligible to be fast-tracked in the U.S. At the same time, the proposed rule maintains electric system safety and reliability. On behalf of our member companies, we look forward to working with FERC and interested stakeholders to see this rule to implementation and help to bring more affordable, reliable solar energy to the American people. SEIA also urges the states to consider using FERC’s proposed updated rule as a model and starting point for updating their own interconnection rules.”

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More Resources:

- Solar Energy Industries Association: Interconnection Standards
- Solar Energy Industries Association: Wholesale Distributed Generation
- Solar Energy Industries Association: February 2012 FERC Filing on Small Generator Interconnection Procedure
- FERC Press Release: https://www.ferc.gov/media/news-releases/2013/2013-1/01-17-13-E-1.asp

About SEIA:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,100 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

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