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Thursday
Nov062014

NH House Republican Leader Comments on Republicans Winning a Majority in the NH House 

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) issued the following statement relative to confirmation that Republicans had won the majority of seats in the New Hampshire House:

 

“We’re very happy with the election results at the House level and we couldn’t be prouder of the hard work of our candidates. It’s clear that our positive message focusing on improving our economy and making sure our government lives within its means resonated with voters across the state.”


“We’re mindful that with a majority comes a high degree of responsibility and we intend on governing in a common sense, transparent manner we believe New Hampshire citizens expect and deserve. Our legislative priorities will continue to concentrate on responsible state spending and budgeting and helping to improve our business climate to help create more jobs and increase prosperity for citizens in all parts of the state.”

 

Thursday
Oct302014

NH House Republican Leader Reacts to NH Ranking 48th in the Nation in Corporate Tax Study 

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following statement in reaction to the recently released 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index published by the non-partisan Tax Foundation. In the report, New Hampshire ranks in the top 10 overall, but 48th in the nation for corporate taxes.

 

House Republican Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

 

“Again this year, the Tax Foundation has pointed out that we’re one of the worst states when it comes to corporate taxes. This should serve as another red flag to lawmakers that we need to take a serious look at our approach to business taxes in New Hampshire. House Republicans will make this a legislative priority in the coming term. Our high quality of life and lack of a sales tax or broad based income tax have laid the foundation for us to be a destination for individuals, families and retirees. But that high quality of life can only be sustained through continued economic growth and opportunity. We must be able to unleash the potential of our current business community and continue to find ways to make New Hampshire a destination for new businesses, industries and start-ups. Having one of the most unfavorable corporate tax climates in the United States inhibits us from being able to compete for investment and jobs. We will work to change that.”

Friday
Oct102014

NH House Republican Leader Appalled by Spike in State Agency Budget Requests

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) today issued the following statement following reports that state agency heads have submitted budget requests for fiscal years 2016-17 totaling over $12.5 billion, roughly $1.9 billion or 18% more than the current operating budget.

 

House Republican Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

 

“One way to show leadership in an executive role is to ensure your department heads know how to live within their means. In the context of state government, this means showing taxpayers that your team of appointees respects, cherishes, and will be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”

 

“What we have here shows our state government’s inability to be mindful of the sensitive state our economy continues to be in. While our economy remains stagnant, state agencies are looking for a raise. Over the summer we heard Governor Hassan voice her concerns over state tax revenue, and ask agencies to pare back spending. Yet, in the blink of an eye, those same agencies are coming back with explosive growth in their spending proposals. It seems disingenuous.”


“I ask the Governor to order her agencies to produce level-funded budget requests or at least something in the realm of reasonableness. This is no time for agencies to submit their biggest wish list to Santa. We have a solemn duty to manage taxpayer dollars in a respectful manner. To ask for anything more than level funding or modest increases at this time shows disregard for the taxpayers of New Hampshire. The Governor needs to get an handle on this now.”

Friday
Aug292014

NH House Republican Leader Reacts to Supreme Court Opinion on Education Tax Credit Law 

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following statement in reaction to the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruling that upheld the School Choice Education Tax Credit program established in 2012.

 

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

 

“House Republicans applaud the court’s ruling and are grateful that this program will be able to facilitate more scholarships for New Hampshire students who may not otherwise be able to afford alternatives to their local public schools. We thank those who administer the scholarship program and those companies who have made generous donations to the program, for having persevered in the face of unnecessary legal opposition. The winners here are New Hampshire families and students.”


“House Republicans will continue to support and explore opportunities to enrich students’ educational experiences and find ways to enable families to make the best education choices for their children.”

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Thursday
Aug212014

NH Deputy House Republican Leader Comments on Governor's Suggestion to Raise Business Taxes, Build a Casino

CONCORD - Today Deputy House Republican Leader and member of the House Ways & Means Committee, David Hess (R-Hooksett), offered the following comments relative to Governor Hassan’s claim that business tax reforms passed during the previous legislative term, “are having a negative impact on the state's budget.”

 

Deputy House Republican Leader David Hess (R-Hooksett)

 

“Not even the Department of Revenue Administration is ready to attribute any change in business tax or interest and dividends tax revenue to any one or particular set of causes at this time. During several meetings in the month of August, DRA officials said it is currently impossible to tell if any prior legislative changes will have any effect on our overall fiscal balance.”


“The Governor has a solution in search of a problem. Her solution is to potentially make our business tax climate less favorable than it already is, or rely on revenue from a non-existent casino when a casino is not something we could even realistically propose for this budget cycle. This is not how to encourage long term economic growth, or responsibly address what experts suggest may be a temporary revenue anomaly.”

"What we can address immediately is state spending. Until we have an more accurate picture of how our state agencies are managing the resources we've allocated to them, I think hitting the panic button on revenue is premature."