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Citizens Report: Weekly Newsletter 

One of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's General Consultants, Mike Biundo, engaged in a substantive debate with the New Hampshire Democratic Party spokesman Harrell Kirstein over our TV advertisement "What to Cut", the unpopularity of Obamacare in New Hampshire, Senator Shaheen's vote for it, and the effect this job-killing law will have on middle-class families.

In case you missed it, you can watch the full segment here.

Fiscal Responsibility
A fiscally responsible budget

This week, New Hampshire legislators agreed not to rely on the House's failed tax and spend policies, but followed the Senate's fiscally responsible approach to what our state can afford. This budget does not include the cigarette tax increase or the 67% increase in gas tax (as had been included in the House's budget.)

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is thankful that the budget does not include these increased taxes and fees that would have burdened Granite State families.  We also applaud the Legislature for the responsible decision to not expand Medicaid without first conducting a study.
Americans don't like Obamacare

Americans still don't like Obamacare 

The most recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll shows that only 35% of Americans polled have a favorable view of Obamacare.  In response to these low favorable numbers, Organizing for Action (OFA) released its first health care ad, but as CNN reported, they weren't the first to be up on the airwaves on this issue.


"OFA isn't the first to launch a health care ad this month. The battle hit the New Hampshire airwaves two weeks ago when a conservative group launched a commercial criticizing Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who's up for re-election next year, for supporting the law. The group, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, spent $110,000 on the 30-second ad."[1]


[1] CNN: OFA launches health care ads. 6/17/2013.


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Josiah Bartlett Center - Medicaid Expansion, The Budget, and the PUC

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

The current debate over Medicaid expansion is misleading simply because the expansion doesn’t do what supporters think it does. Experience shows that it does almost the opposite of what they intend: it doesn’t affect the uninsured and doesn’t reduce uncompensated care costs that are passed on to those with private insurance. The experience of two neighboring states, Maine and New Hampshire, should be studied... Click here to keep reading.


Latest Budget Resources

Get Caught Up on the Latest in Concord

With Committee of Conference week drawing to a close, be sure to catch up on the very latest on the New Hampshire budget. All of the Center's budget work is conveniently located in one place... Right here


The PUC is Power Mad

A Look at NH Electric Rates

The PUC and the New Hampshire Legislature have been trying to reduce New Hampshire’s shockingly high utility bills for a while now and have even introduced a sliver of market competition into the bureaucratic, over regulated, micromanaged labyrinth of electric rates... Click here to keep reading.


Budget Committee of Conference Update

Battle Lines Update: Who got what?

The Committee of Conference is over and a final budget has been produced for approval by both chambers; so what became of all of the controversial items? Click here to keep reading.


NH House Republican Leaders Comment on Budget Compromise

CONCORD - Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Finance Ranking Republican Neil Kurk (R-Weare) offered the following statements in reaction to the conclusion of state budget negotiations between the House and Senate."

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

"We believe the Senate budget proposal was the best option for the state. The committee of conference process is about compromise and we’re happy our Democrat colleagues in House agreed with the majority of the Senate proposal. The Senate did a fantastic job fighting to keep our state government on a sustainable course and adopting what House Republicans fought for throughout the budget process. ”

“We are also happy to see that this budget allows for funding to our state’s valuable charter schools while lessening the impact of downshifting to the counties and creating no new taxes or fees. This budget also continues the business tax reforms passed last year but suspended in the House version of the budget. New Hampshire’s taxpayers deserve an honest and transparent budget that promotes an efficient and accountable government that is built on realistic revenue estimates. I’m confident this budget leads us in that direction.”

"Medicaid expansion is a serious matter that deserves a full comprehensive study an fair up or down vote of the full legislature separate from the state budget. I'm glad we've been able to maintain the Senate's position to study before we consider implementation. Although the timeline is tight, we will know more through this study process and our legislators can make a truly informed vote on this stand alone issue. It’s only fair we give this policy the same scrutiny as any other major piece of legislation."

House Finance Ranking Republican Neil Kurk (R-Weare)

“The committee of conference report on HB 1 and 2 is one fiscal conservatives can support.  Largely following the Senate versions of the two bills, the budget is balanced using reasonable revenue estimates without new or increased taxes or fees.   Compared to the current biennial budget, it represents a 2.8% increase in general fund spending and a 6.5% increase in total spending.”


NHDP - GOP Senator Sanborn Tweets GOP Real Budget Strategy

Concord – New Hampshire Republicans have been delaying budget negotiations, refusing to consider any additional revenue sources to avoid mass layoffs, and have yet to respond to the House’s latest proposed compromise for Medicaid expansion.  This evening Republican State Senator Andy Sanborn revealed why – Republicans want to shut down the budget process and go backwards to the disastrous Bradley-O’Brien budget that killed hundreds of New Hampshire jobs and made the largest cut to public higher education in American history.
“Under a continuing resolution with current budget, taxpayers will save $1.64 Million a day maybe not a bad thing....” wrote Sanborn from his Senate Twitter account
“While claiming to be negotiating in good faith and looking for compromise Senate Republicans have clung to their Tea Party ideology, rejecting commonsense compromise proposals – and now we know why.  Their real plan is go to back to the reckless and irresponsible Bradley-O’Brien budget,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.  “Republicans are itching to run out the clock, continue the Bradley-O’Brien budget that results in severely under-funding mental health, higher education, and investment in priorities that will grow the economy.”
The reckless and irresponsible Bradley-O’Brien budget went into effect in July of 2011, and in just months slowed New Hampshire’s job growth, hurting the economy.  An article in the Portsmouth Herald, directly linked more than 1,300 New Hampshire workers losing their jobs with cuts in the Bradley-O’Brien budget. [Portsmouth Herald, 8/31/2011
More than 5,000 Granite Staters protested on the State House lawn against the budget, and public polling showed voters strongly disapproved of the Republican dominated legislature, calling it one of the biggest problems facing the state. 
“Only Republicans want to go back to the Bradley-O’Brien budget and relive the damage it did to health care, education and the economy in New Hampshire,” continued Kirstein.  “Republicans need to put their ideology aside and honestly work to find a compromise.  After countless Republicans’ obstructionist delays and admissions like the one from Senator Sanborn, voters will have no trouble identifying who to blame if a compromise can’t be reached.”


Josiah Bartlett Center - Conference Committees, 1977, and What Happens in NH Doesn't Have a Budget? 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

Just before dawn in the early morning of Friday, July 1, the New Hampshire House and Senate recessed with no budget and no legal authority for the government to operate. Closing up shop at 5:00 am, budget negotiators retreated to Howard Johnson’s for a quick breakfast after a sleepless night of fruitless negotiation. This was 1977 and the budget crisis would last for four months before resolution... Click here to keep reading.


Off Budget: What Happens if NH Doesn't Have a Budget?

Questions and Answers

What happens if there is no state budget by June 30? With the House and Senate at such odds on the matter, it is a distinct possibility. It would not be that unusual either. New Hampshire has resorted to temporary budget six times since the end of World War II: 1949, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1977, and 2003... Click here to keep reading


NH fills 400 vacant positions despite hiring freeze

Hassan has not denied a single request

A hiring freeze put in place five years ago by Governor John Lynch is doing little to prevent state agencies from filling their vacant positions, as the Governor’s Office has issued 436 waivers so far this Fiscal Year. Governor Maggie Hassan has not denied a single request to waive the hiring freeze in her first six months in office... Click here to keep reading.


National Unemployment up to 7.6%

Mixed Data in the Jobs Report

The national unemployment rate grew to 7.6% in May, up from 7.5% in April. That increase translates to 101,000 additional unemployed persons... Click here to keep reading.