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Friday
Jun262015

NHGOP BLASTS GOVERNOR HASSAN'S RECKLESS BUDGET VETO 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding GovernorHassan's budget veto:

 

"Governor Hassan's politically-motivated veto is both reckless and irresponsible. The budget passed by the Legislature would have kept taxes low, funded critical state services and lived within our means. Governor Hassan has ignored the clear warnings of serious concerns voiced by business leaders and health advocates about the consequences of her actions. The governor's irresponsible veto deprives important programs of crucial funding increases and jeopardizes job growth in New Hampshire."

 

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Friday
Jun262015

NHGOP STATEMENT ON TX GOV. ABBOTT'S JOB RELOCATION INVITATION 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Texas Governor Greg Abbott invitation to New Hampshire businesses to relocate to Texas:

 

"Governor Abbott's invitation to New Hampshire businesses to relocate to Texas is unfortunate but predictable. Governor Hassan's irresponsible budget veto and her refusal to make New Hampshire's tax structure competitive with other states has invited governors of other states to take New Hampshire jobs. Instead of working to restore the New Hampshire Advantage, Governor Hassan is working to undermine it and make New Hampshire less competitive."

 

A recent CNBC study named Texas the second best state for business in 2015, with New Hampshire taking 30th place. A recent nonpartisan Pew study showed New Hampshire placing in the bottom ten with Texas placing near the top of the pack when it comes to job growth in the country.

 

BACKGROUND:

"Adding to arguments that New Hampshire's economy could use some added oomph, a newly released analysis of post-Great Recession job growth in all 50 states puts the Granite State near the bottom of the pack." (Jeff Feingold, "Study finds NH could do better when it comes to job growth," NHBR, 5/28/15)

 

"America's Top States for Business 2015," (Staff, "America's Top States for Business 2015," CNBC, Accessed 6/25/15)

 

Wednesday
Jun242015

NH GOP - JOHN LYNCH VS. MAGGIE HASSAN ON RECKLESS BUDGET VETO 

"While we had many disagreements with Governor Lynch, he realized that vetoing the state budget would 'create chaos in state government' and generate 'serious repercussions' for our state. Governor Hassan is putting her political ambitions before New Hampshire's best interests by threatening a reckless veto that could put critical state services at risk. It is time for the governor to end her partisan attacks, follow the example set by Governor Lynch, and stop playing politics with New Hampshire's fiscal integrity." - Jennifer Horn

 

In June 2011, Governor John Lynch Let Budget Bill Pass Without His Signature

Lynch Said A Veto Would, "Create Chaos In State Government." "However, a veto, which would likely be overridden by the GOP, had the potential to create what Lynch called 'chaos in state government,' in the ensuing partisan battle." (Tom Fahey, "Lynch To Allow Budget To Become Law Without His Signature," New Hampshire Union Leader6/24/2011)

  • Lynch Refused To Veto The Budget Because Of The Risk Of A Government Shutdown. "If a stalemate developed over a veto, Lynch said, residents would face a possible shutdown of state government, with disruptions to parks and essential business such as driver's license renewals and road repairs." (Tom Fahey, "Lynch To Allow Budget To Become Law Without His Signature," New Hampshire Union Leader6/24/2011) 
     
  • Lynch Also Worried About The Impact A Shutdown Would Have On The State's Credit Rating And State Employees. LYNCH: "There could be serious repercussions to the people of our great state if there is no budget in place on July 1: vital services could be unavailable to our citizens, including everything from driver's license renewal services, permitting required for businesses and critical road repairs. Also, state parks could be closed for the Fourth of July, employees and private contractors wouldn't get paid and our state credit rating could be impacted." (Gov. John Lynch, "Governor Will Let Budget Bills Become Law Without His Signature," Press Release, 6/24/2011)

  • Lynch Conceded A Veto Would Not Lead To A Better Budget. LYNCH: "Given the legislature's rejection of proposed remedies to the problems in the budget, it is clear that a veto would not lead to a better budget." (Gov. John Lynch, "Governor Will Let Budget Bills Become Law Without His Signature," Press Release, 6/24/2011)

  • The New Hampshire Legislature Supported Governor Lynch's Decision. "Speaker of the House William O'Brien said, 'it is great news for New Hampshire that Gov. Lynch realizes the importance of having a budget that lives within our means and delivers tax cuts that will grow our economy.' Senate President Peter Bragdon said Lynch's decision is 'good news for New Hampshire taxpayers. Our spending plan for the next two years is balanced, lives within our means and does not raise taxes or fees.' House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, R-Salem, said, 'While the governor will certainly not be awarded any profiles in courage by not signing this budget, we are glad that he decided not to stand in the way.'" (Tom Fahey, "Lynch To Allow Budget To Become Law Without His Signature," New Hampshire Union Leader,6/24/2011)

In June 2015, Governor Maggie Hassan Announced Her Intent To Veto Budget Bill

Hassan Vowed To Veto The State Budget Because Of "Unfunded Tax Cuts For Big Corporations." "Because this budget is unbalanced, dishonest about what it funds, and includes unpaid-for business tax cuts that create a more than $90 million budget hole at the expense of critical economic priorities, I will veto it if it comes to my desk as it is." (Gov. Maggie Hassan, "Republican Budget Is Fiscally Irresponsible and Unbalanced, Will Veto If Comes to Desk As It Is," Press Release, 6/18/15)

 

The Associated Press Headline: "Hassan Takes Strong Stand Against Business Tax Cuts." (Kathleen Ronayne, "Hassan Takes Strong Stand Against Business Tax Cuts," The Associated Press, 6/18/15)

 

Hassan's Veto Threat "Was A Departure From Her Traditional Approach Of Portraying Herself As Bipartisan..."

 

Hassan's Budget Veto Threat "Was A Departure From Her Traditional Approach Of Portraying Herself As Bipartisan, Willing To Work Across The Proverbial Aisle To Reach Compromise."  "But for months, the 'betting' had been that Hassan will not run for re-election and instead take on Ayotte. That has changed in recent weeks, and particularly during the past week, with many Democrats and Republicans, including some Democrats in key positions, now getting the impression that the governor will run for re-election. That belief has been further fueled by the budget battle raging at the State House. Hassan's veto threat, issued on Wednesday night, was a departure from her traditional approach of portraying herself as bipartisan, willing to work across the proverbial aisle to reach compromise -- a theme she would be likely to promote if she were to run for the U.S. Senate. This week, she dug in on the spending plan. Critics say she went uncharacteristically partisan, while supporters say she simply is refusing to bend on key specific budget items." (John DiStaso, "Analysis: Is Hassan Now Leaning Against US Senate Run?," WMUR, 6/19/15)

 

Hassan's Potential Veto Of The State Budget Could Harm Health And Social Service Programs

Social Services Advocates Are Worried That Hassan's Veto Would Harm Their Programs. "But the advocates fear a veto could jeopardize those small advances. They are worried about the uncertainty a veto would create. 'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

  • "Without A Set Spending Plan In Place, Many Health And Social Service Providers Won't Know How Much Money They Get Or Whether Their Programs Could Again Be On The Chopping Block." "The current state budget expires June 30. Without a set spending plan in place, many health and social service providers won't know how much money they get or whether their programs could again be on the chopping block. 'The uncertainty that it creates is the biggest problem,' said Jeff Dickinson, Advocacy Director for Granite State Independent Living." (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

Gina Balkus, An Advocate For Home Health Agencies Said, "This Is Really, From Our Perspective, The Best Budget We've Seen In Years." "But the advocates fear a veto could jeopardize those small advances. They are worried about the uncertainty a veto would create. 'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

  • Balkus: "We Hope Our Needs Don't Get Lost In The Political Fray That Results From A Veto." "But the advocates fear a veto could jeopardize those small advances. They are worried about the uncertainty a veto would create. 'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)
Wednesday
Jun242015

NH GOP - HEALTH ADVOCATES AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO HASSAN: DON'T VETO BUDGET 

"Worried About The Uncertainty"; "Best Budget We've Seen In Years"; "Disappointing"; "Business Leaders Were Surprised"; "Not Realistic"; "Don't Veto"

 

NH1: "Hassan's Rhetoric About Out-Of-State Tax Cuts Is Disappointing" "The head of the Business and Industry Association says Hassan's rhetoric about out-of-state tax cuts is disappointing. 'Those companies employ tens of thousands of people and some of the best-paying jobs and most important economic jobs in New Hampshire,' said Jim Roche, president of the Business & Industry Association." (Kevin Landrigan, "Cutting business taxes is at center of fight over NH budget," NH1, 6/22/15)

 

Patch: "Uncertainty...Will Further Jeopardize The Health And Safety Of Those We Support" "The uncertainty of a continuing resolution and a six-month delay on the increase will further jeopardize the health and safety of those we support. Providers, such as GSIL, need this new rate today." (Clyde E. Terry (Op-Ed), "A Bird in the Hand...," Patch, 6/22/15)

  • "Don't Veto This Budget" "Lastly, to Governor Hassan - Don't veto this budget; there's a lot of good in it. After all, 'a bird in hand is better than two in the bush.'" (Clyde E. Terry (Op-Ed), "A Bird in the Hand...," Patch, 6/22/15)
  • "Increase That We Haven't Seen In Years" "...this budget contains a home care reimbursement rate increase that we haven't seen in years" (Clyde E. Terry (Op-Ed), "A Bird in the Hand...," Patch, 6/22/15)

Concord Monitor: "Advocates Fear A Veto Could Jeopardize Those Small Advances. They Are Worried About The Uncertainty A Veto Would Create" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

  • "Best Budget We've Seen In Years" "'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)
  • "The Uncertainty That It Creates Is The Biggest Problem" "'The uncertainty that it creates is the biggest problem,' said Jeff Dickinson, Advocacy Director for Granite State Independent Living.'" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

Union Leader: "This Is Not Realistic" "Interestingly, the governor's gap assumes no growth in profits or enterprise value. This is not realistic." (Val Zanchuk (Op-Ed), "Gov. Hassan should not veto the budget over business tax reductions," Union Leader, 6/23/15)

  • "Many Business Leaders Were Surprised" "That's why many business leaders were surprised to hear Gov. Maggie Hassan call these modest tax reductions "unpaid-for tax cuts to big corporations, mostly headquartered out-of-state, that will create a more than $90 million hole in the budget and put corporate special interest ahead of New Hampshire's families..." The modest reductions in the BET will primarily benefit small businesses, like mine, throughout the state. Reductions in the BPT will benefit companies that provide tens of thousands of well-paying, important jobs regardless of their headquarters' location (BAE Systems, Fidelity Investments, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Velcro, Lindt & Sprungli, Hypertherm, Sig Sauer, Highliner Foods and many others)." (Val Zanchuk (Op-Ed), "Gov. Hassan should not veto the budget over business tax reductions," Union Leader, 6/23/15)
  • "Modest Tax Reductions...Should Not Factor Into The Governor's "Veto-Or-Not-To-Veto" Decision" "No state budget will ever meet everyone's expectations, including the governor's. However, the modest tax reductions included in this budget should not factor into the governor's 'veto-or-not-to-veto' decision. Tax relief to New Hampshire employers, small and large, is long overdue." (Val Zanchuk (Op-Ed), "Gov. Hassan should not veto the budget over business tax reductions," Union Leader, 6/23/15)

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Wednesday
Jun242015

NHGOP CONGRATULATES MARK COOKSON ON SPECIAL ELECTION VICTORY 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement regarding Mark Cookson's Nashua Alderman-At-Large special election victory:

 

"We are very pleased to congratulate Mark Cookson for his Alderman-At-Large special election victory. Alderman Cookson ran a grassroots campaign with a message of fiscal discipline, low taxes and affordable living for Nashua residents. The Gate City will be well-served by Alderman Cookson's experience and dedication to public service."