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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Senator Shaheen's Planned Parenthood press conference:
"Planned Parenthood has been a major source of special interest donations to Senator Shaheen's political campaigns, and her insistence that the public financially support this scandal-plagued organization under congressional investigation is clearly an attempt to return the favor. Like Senator Shaheen, Governor Hassan has similarly accepted large political contributions from Planned Parenthood and is now providing them with politically-motivated cover by stonewalling legitimate efforts to investigate serious accusations of criminal wrongdoing. Their refusal to determine the truth of the matter before giving away millions of taxpayer dollars is politics at its worst and New Hampshire deserves better."


Concord - On Sunday, the Union Leader editorial page called the override of Governor Hassan's budget veto a "giant win for Republicans" because of critical business tax cuts that will encourage businesses to relocate to New Hampshire and create new jobs.

The Associated Press reported that spending on "mental health and substance abuse programs to road and bridge projects to the university and community college systems" received millions in reduced funding for months as a result of Governor Hassan's budget veto.

"Governor Hassan's reckless veto of the state operating budget has been exposed as a politically-motivated stunt at the expense of critical state services," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "It's unfortunate that the governor held back increased spending on mental health, substance abuse prevention, education and infrastructure for months while community leaders and health care advocates pleaded for an override of her veto. Granite Staters won't forget the months of fiscal uncertainty and outright chaos the governor created as a result of her irresponsible budget veto."
Associated Press: "From Mental Health And Substance Abuse Programs To Road And Bridge Projects To The University And Community College Systems - The Deal Gives Them Exactly What They Would Have Gotten In June. Without A Budget, The State Kept Running At Last Year's Spending Levels Under A Temporary Plan, Leaving Agencies And Services Without Expected Increases." For everything else - from mental health and substance abuse programs to road and bridge projects to the university and community college systems - the deal gives them exactly what they would have gotten in June. Without a budget, the state kept running at last year's spending levels under a temporary plan, leaving agencies and services without expected increases. (Kathleen Ronayne, "Budget deal a sigh of relief for state agencies, programs," Associated Press, 9/20/15)
Because Of The Stalemate, Home Health Care Providers Waited Three Months For A 5 Percent Rate Increase, New Hampshire Hospital Couldn't Open A 10-Bed Mental Health Crisis Unit And The Department Of Transportation Almost Had To Delay Repaving Projects On The Turnpike System. (Kathleen Ronayne, "Budget deal a sigh of relief for state agencies, programs," Associated Press, 9/20/15)


Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding this morning's chaos at the New Hampshire Democrat Party's convention:
"Democrats revolted against their party leadership because they are sick and tired of their presidential primary process being controlled by Washington insiders like DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Their frustration is understandable considering that the entire New Hampshire Democrat Party establishment, from Governor Hassan to Senator Shaheen, has coalesced around Hillary Clinton despite strong grassroots support for Bernie Sanders. Party bosses like Governor Hassan and Senator Shaheen may try to control the outcome of elections, but this morning's mutiny was as embarrassing as it was revealing."


Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on former Democrat Rep. Carol Shea-Porter's announcement that she will run for Congress:

"New Hampshire voters rejected Congresswoman Shea-Porter last year because they were fed up with her lockstep support for President Obama's harmful partisanship and reckless tax-and-spend agenda. Granite Staters haven't forgotten her support for ObamaCare, which caused thousands of working families to lose their health insurance and countless more to lose their doctors, their jobs and hope for a better future. Former Congresswoman Shea-Porter lost last year and will lose again next year because she is dangerously out-of-touch and does not represent New Hampshire values.



Hassan's Hometown Paper Knocks Reckless Budget Veto
"Governor Hassan was repeatedly urged to put New Hampshire first by signing the Legislature's fiscally responsible budget. The governor ignored warnings from health care advocates, leading public officials and even her hometown paper. It's time for Governor Hassan to admit that her politically-motivated budget veto was a reckless mistake that left significant funding increases for critical state services in limbo for far too long." - NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn
Please see excerpts from today's Portsmouth Herald editorial below:
"Gov. Hassan's needless budget impasse comes to an end"
Portsmouth Herald
September 18, 2015
On June 24, the day before New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed the budget, we urged her to reconsider.
After holding back-to-back editorial board meetings with the Democratic governor and Republican Senate leaders, we concluded that the two sides were largely in accord on their spending priorities and that the minor differences between them could easily be worked out to protect increased funding for important state programs.
Given the state's dangerous opiate abuse epidemic we were particularly concerned about delaying a major increase in funding for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation programs. Also hanging in the balance were road and highway projects along with raises for home health care workers, who had not seen an increase in more than a decade.
At the time we even suggested a way to break the impasse:
"A possible compromise would be putting in a sunset clause, similar to the clauses in the 2010 cigarette tax cut and the 2012 Medicaid expansion laws, which would require the tax cuts to be reauthorized at some future date, presumably because they are working," we wrote in our editorial. "The cigarette tax cut was repealed due to a sunset clause when it was proven to be a loser. We expect Medicaid expansion will be reauthorized because it's a winner."
Now, nearly three months later, this is precisely what the governor and Legislature have done.
One lesson we hope the governor takes away from this experience is to be careful that her rhetoric doesn't overstate reality. Back in June, before her budget veto, the governor said she wanted to work with Republicans to reach a compromise. But at the same time she publicly described Republican budget writers as "dishonest," as using "gimmicks," and making "false promises." Questioning your political opponents' honesty and integrity is not a good way to win friends and influence people.