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NHDP - ICYMI: Union Leader: House Republican “Budget cuts target Manchester school district” 

Key Point: “The budget plan approved by the House Finance Committee this week could result in a nearly $4 million reduction in state aid for the city school district… The proposal is part of a slew of cuts, totaling $340 million, that the Republican-controlled House committee voted to make this week to the budget proposed Gov. Maggie Hassan.”

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The budget plan approved by the House Finance Committee this week could result in a nearly $4 million reduction in state aid for the city school district. 

The cuts, which would go into effect in the second year of the biennial budget, beginning July 1, 2016, are based on declining enrollment in Manchester relative to other communities and a $46 million statewide cut in stabilization grants.

The proposal is part of a slew of cuts, totaling $340 million, that the Republican-controlled House committee voted to make this week to the budget proposed Gov. Maggie Hassan. The budget plan is slated to be voted on by the House of Representatives next week.

The proposed reduction in state aid comes the same week that Manchester school officials presented a grim budget picture for the coming fiscal year.

… Mayor Ted Gatsas, a Republican and former state senator, said he was concerned about the possibility of cuts to education aid, but he noted that it was early in the process. 

… Last week, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to send a letter to the Finance Committee decrying proposed cuts to substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. 

Democratic State Rep. Bob Walsh, the only member of the Manchester delegation on the Finance Committee, said the cuts would fall heavily on the city.

“I’ve voted for the people but I’m one vote out of 26,” he said. “We have medical services and mental health services, and they’re being cut ferociously. Some towns don’t have these facilities, so we’re bearing the brunt.”

Gov. Hassan, a Democrat, has urged her supporters to speak out against the proposed cuts. 


Iron Workers Local 7 Endorse Patrick Arnold for Mayor 

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – This week the Iron Workers Local 7 endorsed former Alderman Patrick Arnold in his bid for mayor of New Hampshire’s largest city.


“We’re proud to endorse Patrick Arnold for Mayor of Manchester,” says Local 7 business agent Steven Burk. “Patrick has a strong record of standing with working families of New Hampshire. As Mayor, he will make job creation and economic growth a priority again in Manchester,” Burk continued.


“I’m proud to have the support of the Iron Workers in our campaign for mayor,” says Arnold. “Like many of us, they know that Manchester deserves better than the status quo. With new leadership, Manchester can again lead in being the best place to live, work and raise a family in New Hampshire,” Arnold continued.


Iron Workers Local 7, which represents nearly 3,000 members, joins the Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 856, and hundreds of former and current elected officials and community activists in endorsing Arnold’s bid for mayor.



CVA Convenes VA Reform Summit in Manchester (Monday 3/9)

Participants Include Rep. Frank Guinta, CVA Legislative Director Dan Caldwell, and Expert Panelists Discussing Veterans Independence Act on March 9


Manchester, NH – Today, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) announced it will be hosting VA Reform Summit in Manchester on Monday, March 9th, at 10:00am at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics located on the campus of Saint Anselm College.


The purpose of the local VA Reform Summit in Manchester is to discuss the veteran-centric, expert-driven set of policy proposals from CVA’s Fixing Veterans Health Care Taskforce, designed to dramatically improve health care delivery for veterans. The panel will discuss and analyze policy recommendations made by the CVA-led Taskforce.


CVA NH welcomes VA Reform Summit program participants:


  • Welcoming Remarks
    • Congressman Frank C. Guinta, NH Congressional District One
  • CVA Summit Panelists
    • Dan Caldwell, Concerned Veterans for America Legislative and Political Director
    • N.H. Executive Councilor Joseph Kenney (District One), Member of the Executive Council
    • N.H. State Representative Joseph Lachance (Manchester) Member of the General Court
    • JP Marzullo, Health Care Professional
    • Hon. Gary Lambert, Former State Senator (2010-2012) and Congressional Candidate (2014)

“Concerned Veterans for America is excited to be in Manchester sharing our newly-released Fixing Veterans Health Care Taskforce Report and the Veterans Independence Act, which proposes bold reforms to veterans’ health care in the wake of the recent VA scandal,” said Dan Caldwell, Legislative and Political Director at CVA. “Speakers will highlight key solutions identified in the Veterans Independence Act, including addressing the structure of the VHA, creating a private insurance option, and increasing transparency at the VA. The meaningful, veteran-centric proposals are the next step in reforming veterans’ health care and we look forward to this distinguished panel of experts contributing to the discussion.”


All who are concerned about the future of veterans’ health care are strongly encouraged to attend this free event to learn more about the proposals. A question and answer session will follow the speakers’ remarks. The event is open to the public and press attendance is welcome.


Visit to learn more about the taskforce, view the final report, and watch the full video from CVA’s Fixing Veterans Health Care Summit in Washington, DC.



Concerned Veterans for America is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c) (4) organization that advocates for policies that will

preserve the freedom and liberty we and our families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.


Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Endorse Arnold for Mayor 

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, the Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association announced its endorsement of former Alderman Patrick Arnold to be the next Mayor of Manchester. 

“The Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association is proud to support Patrick Arnold for Mayor of Manchester in this year’s city election,” says MPFFA President Jeff Duval. “Patrick brings passion, resolve and a forward-looking perspective to his campaign for mayor. He understands that public safety must be a top priority if Manchester is to lead the state in being the best place to live and raise a family,” Duval continued. 

“I’m honored to have Manchester fire fighters stand with us as our campaign fights for a stronger future for New Hampshire’s largest city,” says Arnold. An endorsement event will be scheduled in the coming weeks.



MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today the Arnold for Mayor campaign announced the endorsements of sitting Aldermen Ron Ludwig and Barbara Shaw. 

“Patrick brings determination, passion and vision to his campaign for mayor of Manchester,” says Ludwig. “Patrick ran a strong campaign in 2013, focusing on issues most important to working families. I’m proud to support Patrick in 2015 as he continues efforts to move our city forward,” Ludwig continued. 

Alderman Ludwig represents Ward 2 on the city’s Board of Aldermen. Alderman Shaw represents Ward 9 at city hall, and is currently serving her 8th term as a State Representative in the New Hampshire Legislature, where she represents Hillsborough County District 16.

 “I’m honored to have continued support from Alderman Ludwig and Alderman Shaw,” says Arnold. “We worked hard in 2013 to bring new leadership to Manchester, and I look forward to working even harder this year to discuss our city’s challenges and plans to meet those challenges with new leadership in the corner office at City Hall.”


Patrick Arnold is a candidate for mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire. Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. Gatsas held off Arnold’s challenge in 2013 by 943 votes. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.