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NHDP Chairman Raymond Buckley's Statement on the Swearing in of Representative Bill O'Neil 

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on the swearing in of state Representative Bill O'Neil.  O'Neil won last month's special election in Manchester Ward 2.


"Congratulations to Representative O'Neil.  I am excited to see him join Governor Hassan, and House and Senate Democrats in Concord who are working to help build a more innovative economy for New Hampshire and repair the damage done by the reckless Bradley-O'Brien legislature.  Their Republican majority made the largest cut to public higher education in the American history.


"His swearing in today is a reminder that Manchester's voters soundly rejected the Republican agenda of attacking unions, women, students and seniors, in favor of a Democratic candidate.  With Jennifer Horn leading Kelly Ayotte's Republican Party, they have turned their back on traditional New Hampshire values in a desire to become the face and voice of the Tea Party and radical social conservatives."


NH Senate Finance Chairman Morse Statement on Passage of House Budget Bills 

The New Hampshire Senate

Majority Office

Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Morse (R-Salem) issued the following statement today after House passage of HB1 and HB2, the biennial budget bills:

“While it represents an improvement over the Governor’s original budget submission, the House’s budget still increases spending by nearly a billion dollars while relying on inflated revenues.  Between inflated Medicaid Enhancement Tax (MET) revenues – which were criticized by the state’s hospitals – as well as increases in the gas tax, tobacco tax and others, the House budget looks to spend millions of dollars in revenues the Senate will not approve and the state should not expect.  I also have concerns with a number of policies included in the House budget, such as allowing the Governor significant latitude to raid dedicated funds as well as the suspensions of the newly enacted school building aid program and job-fostering business tax reductions.

“Beginning next week, Senate Finance will take a fresh look at the budget in an effort to create a document that funds state government within our means while protecting the reforms implemented last session.  At this time, one thing the House can do to make that process slightly easier would be to take up and pass SB152, which would provide the state with millions in non-tax revenue allowing us to fund our priorities, from education to infrastructure, without increasing taxes on New Hampshire citizens.”


NH House Republican Press Conference on Budget 4/1

What: Members of House Republican Leadership and members of House Finance will discuss their concerns regarding the budget. 

When: Monday, April 1st

Time: 11:30am

Legislative Office Building Lobby


NH House Republican Leaders Comment on Passage of Gas Tax Increase 

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford) offered the following comments on the passage of HB617, a bill that would raise the gas tax by 12 cents. The bill passed by a vote of 206-158.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“Before we start imposing huge tax increases we need to make sure we are complying with all current state laws and constitutional provisions to assure that the current and future gas tax revenues go towards roads and bridges. Without this fix, we are just growing government on the backs of the highway fund users.”

“Taking hundreds of millions of dollars out of the pockets of New Hampshire consumers during these tough economic times is not the appropriate solution to fixing our roads and bridges. Quite simply, this is the wrong bill at the wrong time.”

House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford)

“This is yet another tax increase on the backs of those who can least afford it. We are very concerned about the impact of a gas tax increase on the working families and small businesses in our state during these tough economic times. Now is not the time to be discouraging economic growth. We need to focus on getting the 40,000 people in New Hampshire who are looking for work back to work. Further burdening our business community and forcing our consumers to pay more at the pump is a step in the wrong direction."


NH House Republican Alliance statement on HB617 Gas Tax Increase

CONCORD, New Hampshire – The House Republican Alliance (HRA) described today’s passage of HB 617-A, a bill that increases the highly regressive gas tax by 12 cents as overreach, trampling on the wallets of those least able to pay.

  Today the Democrat majority in the NH house voted to continue to siphon money out of the peoples wallets by passing HB 617-A.  In a time of economic uncertainly, they chose to raise the gasoline tax by a whopping 67% yet at the same time, refused to direct current revenue away from secondary activities and back to repairing roads and bridges.  "When average NH citizens are making hard decisions on what to buy and setting spending priorities, they chose instead to stick government's hands deeper into your pocket," Stated Rep. Dan Itse- Fremont.


Press Release for House Republican Alliance