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NHDP - ICYMI: Governor Hassan’s Fiscally Responsible Budget Management Results in $73 MillionSurplus 





Concord, N.H. – New figures show that thanks to Governor Maggie Hassan’s fiscally responsible budget management and the hard work of state agencies, New Hampshire finished 2015 with a $73 million budget surplus.
Republican Senate President Chuck Morse said the new figures show the “state is living within its means.”
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Union Leader: State Records a $73 Million Surplus for 2015

CONCORD — The state has an unaudited $73.2 million surplus for the recently-concluded 2015 fiscal year, which is greater than budget writers anticipated.

“By working closely with state agencies to responsibly manage their budgets and through the hard work of state agencies and employees to exceed their lapse estimates, we have asubstantial preliminary surplus for Fiscal Year 2015,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan, who is required to release the final but unaudited 2015 fiscal year figures Sept. 30.

… With the surplus she suggested lawmakers may want to consider increasing state aid to public schools.

“With this surplus, we will be able to greatly strengthen our Rainy Day Fund, maintaining our commitment to fiscal responsibility and the state’s long-term financial outlook,” Hassan said. “Given this surplus, and as we continue to close the books on Fiscal Year 2015, we should closely monitor the coming months of state revenues and consider if there are ways to address concerns raised by communities about school funding levels.”

Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, said the figures show the state is living within its means.

Click here for the full Union Leader story.




NH Senators disappointed in Hassan veto of tax fairness bill 

Concord, NH – Senators Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) and Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) today expressed their disappointment in Governor Hassan’s decision to veto a bill protecting New Hampshire start-ups from taxes on phantom income.


“I’m disappointed that Governor Hassan would veto a bill to protect New Hampshire companies from paying taxes on phantom income. That’s why the bipartisan Commission to Study Business Taxes recommended correcting this provision in 2011,” Bradley said. “This tax is not on profits or capital gains, but on the potential increase in shareholder value. This bill eliminates a huge disincentive for start-ups here in New Hampshire. Hundreds of good jobs are at stake, and we want a tax code that attracts start-ups to our state.”


HB 550 would clarify that a New Hampshire business would not be subject to Business Profits Tax simply because it went public, attracting investment and raising the perceived value of its stock. Under the NH Department of Revenue Administration’s current interpretation of the tax code, growing businesses could owe millions in higher taxes, even though they haven’t received any additional business income to pay those taxes.


“Whether it’s attacking out of state businesses who create good jobs in New Hampshire, or blocking repeal of this unfair tax on phantom income, Governor Hassan seems to think business owners are the enemy,” Sanborn added. “Entrepreneurs take risks, create jobs, and will help revive the New Hampshire economy, if the Governor would give them the chance.”




NHDP Statement on Rockingham-20 Special Election 




Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on the Rockingham-20 special election:
“We always knew this race in such a heavily Republican district would be tough, and we thank Elaine Andrews-Ahearn for running a strong campaign highlighting State House Republicans’ fiscally irresponsible policies that would blow a $90 million hole in the state’s budget at the expense of critical economic priorities.”
"When Republicans have to win over voters in a more competitive district, they will see that their fiscally irresponsible push to give unpaid-for tax giveaways to big, out-of-state corporations while making small businesses and middle class families pay the price has left them with no credibility with a majority of Granite Staters."


Rio Tilton wins in a landslide, Rep. Max Abramson's statement 

Rio Tilton won his special election in Hampton Falls and Seabrook with 765 votes to 375 for Elaine Andrews Ahearn, or 68-32%.  Voters came to the Seabrook Community Center to vote complaining about the constant, negative barrage of attacks on the 19 year old college student, who is stepson to former Seabrook Fire Chief Jeff Brown.  Senator Nancy Stiles and several representatives held signs and volunteered in support of Rio.
Statement by Representative Max Abramson, also of Rockingham 20:
For the fourth special election in a row, the New Hampshire Democratic Party has gone negative and outspent Republicans.  For the fourth time, Republicans have defeated their big government agenda by offering the alternative of smaller government and local control.  Voters have been telling us that they prefer the "smaller government, local control message" to the countless negative mailers, calls, and emails from the Democrats.
In each special election, friends, relatives, neighbors, and fellow Republican state representatives have turned out grass roots support for these Republican candidates, beating the Democrats' strategy of campaigning from Concord.
Rep. Max Abramson
Hampton Falls and Seabrook

NRSC - WMUR: Republicans remind Lynch in 2011 let GOP budget become law 



KEY TAKEAWAY: Four years ago, then-Gov. John Lynch strongly opposed the GOP-passed budget, but rather than veto it, he let the package become law without his signature. Lynch said at the time that a veto of the budget had the potential to create “chaos in state government,” including a government shutdown.

Republicans Remind: Lynch in 2011 let GOP budget become law
Hassan’s predecessor cited saying veto could mean ‘chaos in state government’ 
John DiStaso
June 23, 2015

The state Republican Party on Tuesday will try to use the words of Gov. Maggie Hassan’s predecessor and fellow Democrat against her as she apparently prepares to veto the two-year spending plan passed by the Republican majority in the Legislature.

Four years ago, then-Gov. John Lynch strongly opposed the GOP-passed budget, but rather than veto it, he let the package become law without his signature.

Lynch said at the time that a veto of the budget had the potential to create “chaos in state government,” including a government shutdown.

The state Republican Party cited a passage from Lynch’s press release, issued on June 24, 2011, in which he said he would let the budget become law without signing it.

“There could be serious repercussions to the people of our great state if there is no budget in place on July 1,” Lynch said in the release. “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.”

Lynch also said at the time, “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.”

Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn said Monday, “While we had many disagreements with Gov. Lynch, he realized that vetoing the state budget would ‘create chaos in state government’ and generate ‘serious repercussions’ for our state. Gov. 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 Gov. Lynch, and stop playing politics with New Hampshire’s fiscal integrity.”

Horn also cited a Concord Monitor report on June 21, in which Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies, said the current budget is “the best budget we’ve seen in years.”

There are differences between 2011 and 2015, primarily that four years ago, Republicans held a majority large enough to override a veto, while this year they do not. Some Republicans promised in 2011 that if Lynch vetoed the budget, they would make the cuts deeper.

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