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Monday
Feb182013

NEW HAMPSHIRE EDITORIAL PAGES PAN HASSAN’S IRRESPONSIBLE BUDGET 

Concord Monitor: “Let’s hope that there’s a Plan B.” (2/15/13)

 

  •         Monitor: “[E]xpanded gambling is not the answer to the state’s structural deficit and revenue problems. We urge the New Hampshire House, which has rejected casino gambling on a host of occasions, to do so again.” (2/15/13)

 

  •         Monitor: [I]t’s hard to cheer a budget that’s based in good measure on something that shouldn’t happen.” (2/15/13)

 

  •         Monitor:[G]overnor now wants to meet the state’s needs in a way that guarantees more problem gamblers and gambling addicts and less revenue for the state’s existing restaurants and other businesses. That makes Hassan’s offering yet another disappointing budget.” (2/15/13)

 

Union Leader: “It is inadvisable to base a budget, whether a household's or a state's, on income that is unlikely to materialize. Alas, Gov. Maggie Hassan has done that. Again.” (2/14/13)

 

  •         Union Leader: “She would rather spend money we don't have by inventing new ways of gathering it than do the truly fiscally responsible thing and make state government live within its means.” (2/15/13)

 

Portsmouth Herald: Casino will not work in the long run.” (2/18/13) 

 

  •         Herald: “All around the nation we find examples of casino operators over-promising and under-delivering on tax revenues. And we see states, addicted to gambling money, unable to resist operators' demands for expansion when they say they need it to keep the money flowing.” (2/18/13)

 

  •         Herald: “We urge the legislature to build a budget that does not rely on gambling money and instead judge expanded gaming on its own merits and not as a quick fix to the state's short-term fiscal challenges.” (2/18/13)

 

Keene Sentinel: “It concerns us that Hassan is placing so much weight on a projected revenue source that may not exist anytime soon, if at all.” (2/15/13)

 

  •         Sentinel: “It’s also troublesome that Hassan’s proposal hinges on an $80 million revenue projection for a casino license — far higher than what at least one Granite State research group has said is realistic.” (2/15/13)

 

  •         Sentinel: “[W]e fear that Hassan’s reliance on a new casino serving as a hefty portion of the state’s revenue picture in the coming biennium may be a poor wager.” (2/15/13)

 

Nashua Telegraph: “Gov. Maggie Hassan presented her much-anticipated, two-year budget to state lawmakers Thursday morning and, as expected, there is certainly no shortage of items to get some people riled up about.” (2/15/13)

 

  •         Telegraph: “[F]raught with danger – most notably, how to plug an $80 million hole in her two-year budget should the Legislature refuse to play along.” (2/15/13)

 

  •         Telegraph: “While we are on record in support of gambling for economic and other reasons, even we have to admit that Hassan’s decision to count on casino money is quite the gamble – not just for next year’s budget, but for her political career as well.” (2/15/13)
Saturday
Feb162013

NHGOP BLASTS SHEA-PORTER’S VOTE AGAINST FEDERAL PAY FREEZE 

Concord, NH- Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today voted against commonsense legislation that would block a pay raise for federal employees. The Washington Post reports (2/15/2013) that the pay raise would add $11 billion in federal spending over the next ten years. Congresswoman Annie Kuster broke ranks with Shea-Porter and voted for the fiscally responsible legislation (H.R. 273 Roll Call).

“At a time when Congresswoman Shea-Porter is trying to raise taxes on working families, it is outrageous that she is supporting a fiscally irresponsible federal pay raise that would cost $11 billion. Congresswoman Shea-Porter's radical position is so appalling that even a tax-and-spend liberal like Congresswoman Annie Kuster opposed her and voted to block the increase,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s extreme vote reminds Granite Staters that she is completely out of touch with New Hampshire’s traditional principles of limited government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility. Congresswoman Shea-Porter has become part of the problem in Washington and she is leading our country down a dangerous path towards fiscal insolvency.”

This is the second split on a key vote between Congresswoman Shea-Porter and Congresswoman Kuster in recent weeks. In January, Kuster voted for legislation to raise the debt ceiling while Shea-Porter voted against it (Concord Monitor, 1/24/13.)

Friday
Feb152013

NHGOP RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR'S BUDGET ADDRESS 

Concord, NH- New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement in response to Governor Hassan's budget address:


"Governor Hassan presented an unstable budget today that was supported on revenue that doesn't exist. She is building a fiscally irresponsible house of cards that could collapse at any minute and leave New Hampshire with a major deficit. 

"Governor Hassan needs to present a specific proposal for exactly what she plans to cut from her budget proposal if gambling fails to gain support in the legislature as it has every time it has been considered, or, what taxes will she try to increase. 

"Granite Staters deserve to know how she would make up for the up the $80 million in fabricated revenue that she is including in her budget in the event that it never materializes.

"Finally, Governor Hassan must explain why she would build a budget that relies on repealing an opportunity law such as the Education Tax Credit Scholarship Plan, a law that offers the opportunity to access the highest quality education to NH students, regardless of their household income or what zip code they live in."
Thursday
Feb142013

NHGOP COMMENTS ON PLAN TO INCLUDE GAMBLING LICENSING REVENUE IN BUDGET

Concord, NH- New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on reports that Governor Maggie Hassan plans to include gambling licensing revenue in her FY 2014 and FY 2015 budget:

"By counting on highly speculative gambling revenues to balance the state budget, Governor Hassan is constructing a fiscally irresponsible house of cards that could collapse at any moment. Gambling has always faced difficult odds and bipartisan opposition in the New Hampshire Legislature that has resulted in the defeat of numerous bills. Governor Hassan doesn’t know if similar attempts to approve gambling will fare differently this year, yet for some reason she wants to include this uncertain revenue in her budget.

"Governor Hassan is trying to use casino licensing fees to inflate her revenue estimates and create a budget that will be $80 million out of balance if gambling fails to win support from the legislature. She is trying to present an unrealistic plan that will get her through her speech tomorrow, but won’t set New Hampshire on a path towards responsible governing in the long run.

"Granite Staters deserve a budget proposal from their governor that is balanced and doesn’t rely on gimmicks and speculative revenue assumptions. Governor Hassan needs to present a fiscally responsible plan tomorrow that is realistic and won’t put New Hampshire on a path towards a shortfall."

Wednesday
Feb132013

NHGOP RESPONSE TO COMMITTEE VOTE ON BILL TO REPEAL SCHOOL CHOICE LAW

 

Concord, NH- New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today in response to the committee vote on HB 370, a bill to repeal the school choice law:

"The partisan vote in today's House Ways and Means Committee on HB 370, a bill to repeal a scholarship program that would allow underprivileged students in NH the opportunity to access the best possible education, was an enormous disappointment for families across the state.

"Rather than allow themselves to get caught up in the "repeal-a-palooza" mentality of their party leadership, we had hoped the members of the committee would give this good law at least a chance to prove its effectiveness. With over $150,000 already raised for these scholarships, and 250 students applying for aid, it is clear that NH parents are interested in this program.

"The attempt to repeal this bill is an elitist effort to deny the highest quality education to our most vulnerable students. I call on Governor Hassan to make it clear that should this bill makes it to her desk, she will veto it."