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March 4 at 8:56 am
BY GREG SARGENT
* DEMS PUSH REPUBLICANS ON MEDICAID EXPANSION: The Dem-allied Americans United for Change is up with new radio ads hitting state legislators in New Hampshire in advance of this week’s vote on the state’s version of the Medicaid expansion. AUFC recently launched ads in Nebraska pushing for the same.
Some conservatives are vowing to hold GOP lawmakers who vote to expand coverage to their own constituents accountable with a primary. With AFP organizing against the expansion in other states, it’s clear that this aspect of Obamacare will continue to draw attention from outside groups.
Thousands in Need of Treatment Could Benefit From Thursday’s Senate Vote
By Joe Gallagher, 3 hours ago
Of the 113,000 New Hampshire residents estimated to need treatment for alcohol and other drug disorders, only 6,000 per year receive needed treatment through state-funded programs—that leaves a population in New Hampshire without access to state-funded programs larger than 2014 Superbowl attendance.
Tomorrow the State Senate will vote on a bill that could extend substance abuse disorder coverage to thousands in the Granite State. If this bill passes, the House of Representatives will vote on it and Governor Hassan will sign it into law.
“Expanding Medicaid will support this treatment-first approach by providing thousands of people with substance and alcohol treatment coverage for the first time, improving lives while strengthening our economy and public safety,” Hassan said at her State of the State address.
New Hampshire drug and alcohol problems don’t seem to be going away. Just a few months ago, Lt. Maureen Tessier attributed the spike in Manchester crime to drug addiction—especially heroin—which has emerged as the low-cost alternative to OxyContin and Percocet in New Hampshire. A Manchester drug-sweep followed in February, netting 30 for drug-related crimes.
“We cannot arrest away this drug problem; it’s an underlying addiction problem,” Chief David Mara said. “We don’t have the resources as law enforcement to fight the addiction problem. What we can do is try to get these people off the streets and hopefully once they are in the corrections facility, or once they get involved with the court, hopefully they will be able to get some treatment.”
The Senate vote on Thursday will do exactly that, according to Linda Saunders Paquette, Executive Director of New Futures.
“Accepting federal funds would allow NH General Fund dollars currently spent on treatment to be reallocated across disciplines for prevention, recovery supports, and other related services aimed at reducing crime associated with substance abuse. Expanding these resources can address the underlying cause of cyclical drug-related crime and incarceration in our state.”
“You can put bars and barbed wire around somebody with addiction; without appropriate treatment and supports, they will not recover from their addiction.”
The recovery community has been vocal in framing New Hampshire substance abuse problems as a health issue rather than a criminal justice issue. Recovery advocates have urged the Senate to invest in expanding treatment to addicts, instead of “quarantining” them in prison.
Prison and jail inmates are seven times likelier to have a substance use disorder than the general population. Over 90% of parole revocations in New Hampshire are due to condition violations involving parolees who used drugs or alcohol. If the Senate votes “yes” on Thursday, many in the newly covered population would be on probation, parole, or participating in drug or mental health courts.
NORTHEAST REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW SPEAKERS
Four great new speakers - Stephen Hayes, Charlie Spies, Mark Steyn and Richard Tisei - have joined our all-star lineup at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, starting in just 11 days. Learn more about each of our new speakers below, and be sure to register today for the premiere Republican conference in the northeast:
Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard and author of two New York Times bestsellers: Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President and The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America. He is a regular Fox All Stars panelist on Special Report with Bret Baier.
Charles Spies is the leader of Clark Hill's national Political Law practice, as well as the Member in Chargeof the Washington D.C. office. Charlie serves as counsel to multiple super PACs, trade associations, and organizations, including co-founding and serving as counsel to Restore Our Future, the largest super PAC in history. As Chief Financial Officer and Counsel for Governor Mitt Romney's 2008 Presidential campaign, Charlie developed and managed the national campaign's budget and systems for legal compliance with Federal Election Commission, IRS and various state regulations, as well as record-keeping and accounting.
Richard Tisei is a candidate for Congress in Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District. Tisei served in the Massachusetts state legislature for 26 years, most recently as the minority leader in the Massachusetts Senate. He was the 2010 Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor and the 2012 nominee for U.S. Congress from Massachusetts' 6th District. A graduate of American University, Tisei was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1984. He was the youngest Republican ever elected to the Massachusetts General Court.
Tickets for the conference start at $75 and are available at: www.northeastrepublicans.com.
The New Hampshire Senate
Republican Majority Office
Bedford Republican sponsoring Business Tax Cut
Concord, NH – State Senator Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) issued the following statement concerning the defeat of three Democratic bills to carve special tax breaks into the New Hampshire tax code.
“Since the day I came to the Senate, I have been fighting to not only hold the line on taxes, but to lower them across the board. The bills we defeated today did nothing to improve New Hampshire’s steep business tax burden. They singled out select interest groups for special treatment, leaving a higher tax bill for everyone else.
Instead of picking one industry, or one class of wealthy investor, we should be lowering business taxes across the board. But whenever we craft a new budget, increased spending puts tremendous pressure on taxes, and we run out of money before we can provide tax relief for New Hampshire businesses. That’s why I’m going to bring in a new bill to lower New Hampshire’s business taxes, and reset the baseline for New Hampshire next budget.
I look forward to working with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to provide real tax relief across New Hampshire, rather than picking winners and losers in the tax code.”
HOUSE REPUBLICAN ALLIANCE ISSUES STATEMENT ON HB474, Allowing instate tuition to certain student.
The House Republican Alliance issued a statement today on the passage of HB474, allowing in state tuition to students of illegal aliens. The bill would give the in -state tuition rate to some students who wish to attend the university system and whose parents have entered the country illegally.
"This is wrong on so many fronts," stated Rep Al Baldasaro- Londonderry. " Students from other states, whose parents have paid taxes and done everything right throughout their child's life are still forced to pay out of state tuition rates, yet because a student's parents broke our laws and entered our country illegally, they get a tuition break . This also opens up the door to take away taxpayers money for $500.00 grants to New Hampshire kids. These students will now be eligible to take grants that could have been applied to legal, instate students."
"I can appreciate that they may have not come to the United States on their own volition, however, it is also unfair to foreign students who are lawfully in the United States on visas. They must pay out of state tuition rate. We are sending a terrible message to these students who follow the rules and pay higher tuition rates. Let them wait until they have applied for legal residency and become citizen, then they can get the in-state tuition rate," Stated Rep. Ralph Boehm- Litchfield.