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US Rep Frank Guinta (NH CD-1) TRIA - "Ensures market stability for main street businesses, construction projects, public events and more" 


WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Guinta delivered a floor speech in full support of H.R. 26, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015, which passed the House of Representatives today with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 416-5. 


Click here to view Congressman Guinta’s floor speech.


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Rep. Jackie Cilley (D-Barrington) to introduce far-reaching minimum wage legislation 

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Fmr. State Senator and Gubernatorial candidate returns to Concord to pursue middle-class agenda


(Barrington, NH) After a four-year absence from the New Hampshire General Court, newly-returned Barrington representative Jackie Cilley announced that her first piece of legislation - and her chief priority in the coming session - is to give New Hampshire's struggling workers a raise with an increased minimum wage paired with the elimination of the so-called "tipped minimum wage." This legislation would mark a return to a state-based minimum wage and move tipped workers into the economic mainstream with a raise from the current rate of $2.90.

Cilley, whose legislation would raise the minimum wage to $14.25 per hour over a three year-period and eventually tie the tipped minimum wage to the same figure, argues the move from both a matter of fairness and economic common sense.

“Most of us want to get paid what we are worth, what we contribute to the companies and organizations for whom we work,” notes Cilley.  “If the minimum wage had actually kept pace with worker productivity, it would be $21.72 today.  Instead, workers’ wages peaked decades ago because of partisan divide.”

“Conservatives and progressives should both want to see the creation of livable wages.  Set aside for a moment the argument of fairness to workers and just consider what each of us is paying to help an employer keep a worker at sub-livable wages.  These workers can’t actually live on those wages. They often need such support services as food stamps, fuel assistance, housing assistance and so on.   If the minimum wage were raised to just $10.10 per hour that would mean 1.7 million people across this country would no longer need public assistance, saving us $7.6 billion.  I don’t yet have the exact figures for this for New Hampshire, but simply pro-rating it per capita suggests a savings of more than $30 million.”

"This is long overdue: They were one vote away from making a substantial start in the last session and I want to keep that momentum moving, regardless of the partisan makeup of the new legislature," Cilley said. "This doesn't have to be a partisan issue - Mitt Romney supports an increased minimum wage, for example - but we have to make the case on economic, not just fairness grounds."

"Bill O'Brien's decision to put what New Hampshire businesses pay their workers in the hands of bureaucrats in Washington, DC was terrible choice. We need to have a minimum wage that reflects the economy and values of New Hampshire, not DC - This legislation puts the decision back where it belongs, in New Hampshire."


Legislation pushed by then-Speaker Bill O’Brien repealed the state’s minimum wage law in 2011 and handed jurisdiction to the federal government. Gov. Lynch vetoed the legislation, but O’Brien’s allies in the House overrode the veto. The National Employment Law Project’s Christine Owens said at the time that “given the fact that minimum wage workers spend every penny they earn in their local businesses, a strong wage floor is also vital to stimulating the consumer spending necessary for real and lasting economic recovery.”

These economic facts of life haven’t changed. A study released in March of 2014 by the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute echoes Owens words.

“Most notably, raising the minimum wage will increase demand for the goods and services sold by businesses operating in the Granite State. Low-wage workers, out of necessity, typically spend every dollar that they earn. As a result, the increased wages they will earn from a higher minimum wage will almost certainly be spent – and most likely be spent quickly – in the communities in which they live and work.”



About Jackie Cilley: Born in Berlin, New Hampshire, Jackie Cilley was raised with four siblings in a third-floor walk-up tenement before graduating from Berlin High School. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from UNH and has served as an adjunct professor at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics since matriculating from there in 1985. In 2004 she ran for a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and won, serving one term in the House before being elected twice to the  New Hampshire Senate, representing the 6th District from 2006 - 2010. In 2012, she ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination for Governor, losing to Gov. Hassan. She was re-elected to the New Hampshire House in 2014 where she serves on the Committee on Executive Departments and Administration. Rep. Cilley was recently named by veteran NH political reporter John DiStaso as one of the "'Most wanted' NH Democrats for the 2016 presidential campaign.”


NH Sen. Clark introduces breastfeeding reform bill 

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CONCORD - State Senator 
Martha Fuller Clark has announced that her first legislative initiatives of the coming session is a bill that would require employees to provide  appropriate accommodations for nursing 
mothers while at work.  

"Given the known significant health benefits of breastfeeding and the widely varying situations in which mothers may need to nurse or express milk, clearly the time has come to guarantee a working mother's right to have a clean, private place for such activity," Senator Clark said. "This legislation offers employers reasonable latitude to provide such accommodations, dependent upon the specific nature of their business and its respective facilities
but makes clear that working mothers must have access to a clean, comfortable and appropriate space." 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding through the first 6 months of an infant's life and continued breastfeeding until the infant is at least 12 months old . The World Health Organization, the US Surgeon General's Office, and the American Academy of Family Physicians also recommend similar periods of active breastfeeding for mothers and their infants.

Clark's proposal closely follows both federal and state legislation from around the country. Over 25 states have already passed similar legislation allowing for greater workplace access for nursing mothers during this crucial first year. 
 The Affordable Care Act also requires employers to provide such accommodations and provides for legal recourse to working mothers if employers fail to do so. 
Clark added, "Encouraging and facilitating breastfeeding through the first year of an infant's life ensures better health outcomes for both children and mothers  - that is why this is good legislation that I hope will be supported by all members of the business community throughout the state".





NH Senate Republicans - Stiles Resolves to Finish Hampton Seawall in 2015 

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Hampton, NH – Senator Nancy Stiles (R-Hampton) today congratulated the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development for making great progress on the Hampton North Beach Seawall Project this year, and looked forward to the Seawall’s completion in 2015. 

Crews from DRED’s Division of Parks and Recreation have halted work on the $4.7 million reconstruction project for the winter, but anticipate finishing the work early next year. Stiles has worked for years to make repair of the Seawall a top priority, and a recent winter storm proved how critical it was to complete the project. 

“I’m pleased that reconstruction of the Hampton Seawall will finally be completed in 2015,” Stiles said. “This project is not only important for public safety, but keeping Ocean Boulevard open is vital to the local and regional economy.” 

DRED Parks Director Phillip Bryce says depending on the weather, crews could be back to work as early as March, and plan on completing the Seawall Project by June 15th. DRED has responsibility to maintain the 12-foot high Seawall, which was first built in the 1930’s. This project marks the first major repairs on the North Beach Seawall since then. 

“We greatly appreciate the support of the Legislature, and especially the support and leadership of Senator Stiles, so we could finish the project in 2015,” Bryce added. “As a result, we were able to save over a million dollars.” 

A 140-foot section of the seawall was severely damaged in December 2012, leaving Ocean Boulevard vulnerable to flooding and storm surge. Stiles authored an amendment to the 2013 Capital Budget to secure $4.7 million to complete repairs, half coming from the Capital Budget itself and the other half coming from revenues from parking meters on Hampton Beach.




House Republican Alliance Releases Legislative Scorecard

Today, the House Republican Alliance (HRA) released its 2014 scorecard for members of the New Hampshire House.  The HRA scorecard ranks every state representative's voting record according to how well their votes comply with the U.S and N.H.  Constitution, the New Hampshire Republican Platform, and fiscal soundness. The rating is determined by comparing each representative's voting record with the recommendations HRA published in the "Pink Sheet”. HRA's Pink Sheet recommendations are distributed to House members before each session and are available on the HRA website. 

This scorecard was derived from 118 roll call votes. This year, on average, 83.3% of Republican voted in line with HRA recommendations.  The Democrats' average was 9.6%, which dramatically demonstrates how different the parties are in their respective ideologies.

The HRA scorecard is the longest running scorecard or measurement used in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.  A summary of each bill's impact is available at

The HRA is the oldest independent policy group in the NH House, consisting of current and recent New Hampshire House members who work together to advance fiscal sanity and Republican principles of smaller government and keeping taxes low for all citizens of the state.

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