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Saturday
Mar212015

NHDP - ICYMI: Guest on NHPR’s “The Exchange” Highlights House Republican Budget Cuts Would Lead to Downshifting

Concord, N.H. – On NHPR’s “The Exchange,” Southern New Hampshire University’s Dean Spiliotes highlighted that House Republicans’ proposed budget cuts would lead to downshifting onto local municipalities, meaning property taxes would likely increase:
 
“One of the big underlying issues in this whole discussion of proposed budget cuts is the issue of downshifting, you’re going to hear that word a lot in the coming months. You know, if you cut back on mental health services, drug and alcohol programs, nursing homes, emergency shelter funding, all those kinds of things, road maintenance, etc., a lot of that gets pushed down to the municipal level, which means property taxes likely go up. And that, I think at some level, kind of drives the politics at the grassroots.”

Thursday
Feb262015

NHDP - Republicans on Executive Council Prove Once Again that NH GOP Has No Credibility on Fiscal Responsibility 

Led By Executive Councilor David Wheeler, Republicans Block Contract for Equipment That’s Critical for Highway Maintenance and Would Save the State Money

Concord, N.H. – Proving once again that New Hampshire Republicans have no credibility on fiscal responsibility, David Wheeler and Republicans on the Executive Council for the second time blocked a contract for equipment that’s critical for highway maintenance and would save the state money.
 
“It makes zero sense that Republicans would block a contract that would save the state more than $3 million and allow DOT to carry out necessary road maintenance work,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “If Republicans on the Executive Council like David Wheeler need a refresher on the vital work that DOT workers do every day to keep our roads clear and safe, they should simply look out the window."
 
The Department of Transportation currently rents equipment necessary for “mowing, paving and drainage repairs, culvert repairs, tree cutting and removal, and restoring roads after washouts and State of Emergencies.” The legislature authorized DOT to instead lease the equipment, which would save the state an estimated $3 million

While Councilor Wheeler suggested that DOT buy the equipment outright, the legislature hasn't appropriated the money to do so. Leaving DOT with no choice but to continue with the more-expensive rental contracts. 

Wednesday
Feb252015

NHDP - NH Republican Legislators Follow US Sen Ayotte’s Lead, Play Politics with Critical Safety Funds 

 

 

 

 

After Watching Ayotte Play Politics with Funding for DHS, NH GOP Legislators Are Following Suit as they Block Federal Funds for Public Safety

 

Concord, N.H. – Kelly Ayotte has for weeks played politics with the safety of New Hampshire communities, holding funding for the Department of Homeland Security hostage to appease her Tea Party base.

 

Now New Hampshire Republicans in the state legislature appear to be following Ayotte’s lead by blocking federal funds to promote public safety. The Republican members of the Legislative Fiscal Committee last week voted to block millions of dollars in federal funds that would support critical priorities such as combating substance misuse, improving school safety, and supporting local fire fighters.

 

“After watching for weeks as Kelly Ayotte played politics with funds for critical public safety priorities, it’s hardly a surprise that New Hampshire Republican legislators are now following her lead,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Protecting our communities is something that we should all be able to agree on, and blocking critical safety funds in order to appease the far-right wing of the Republican Party is simply as low as it gets. “

 

“Instead of working to bring New Hampshire’s tradition of bipartisan problem-solving to Washington, Kelly Ayotte is bringing Washington’s partisanship and dysfunction to the Granite State,” added Buckley.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Republicans on the Fiscal Committee Block Millions in Federal Funds

“Republican committee members voted to delay several decisions on whether to accept and spend roughly $9 million in federal and other funds that would pay for a program to collect data on violent deaths in New Hampshire, hire an investigator for a state drug task force, fund positions to promote child safety and mental health, and pay for a new fire truck, among other things.” [Concord Monitor, 2/22/15]

 

Among New Hampshire Republicans’ reckless partisan actions were:

 

Blocking federal funds to better collect and analyze data related to violent deaths occurring in the state (pg. 86).

 

Blocking the Department of Justice from using federal forfeiture dollars to hire a full-time Criminal Justice Investigator for the purpose of statewide investigations of drug related activities (pg. 116).

 

Blocking grant funding for a highway safety program allowing State Police to collect better and timelier data on highway crashes (pg. 95).

 

Blocking more than $1.9 million in federal funds for Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) in order to promote child safety and mental health. Project AWARE will serve approximately 4,000 children, youth and families per year and train approximately 700 youth-serving adults per year in New Hampshire (pg. 101).

 

Blocking federal funds for the purchase of a mini-pumper fire truck and personal protective equipment (pg. 44).

 

Blocking school safety funding to assist local schools in the development of Emergency Operations Plans (pg. 74).

Saturday
Jan242015

NH Senate Leadership objects to Governor’s plan to cut nursing home funding  

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) and Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) issued the following statement in response to Governor Hassan’s plan to cut $7 million from New Hampshire nursing homes in order to make up for the department’s spending shortfall.

“New Hampshire nursing homes didn’t create this problem, and they shouldn’t have to pay for it,” Morse said.

“It is unacceptable that cuts are being made, particularly for services like nursing homes, where operating budgets are already very tight each year. The unexpected cuts to these organizations could have serious impact on how they are able to operate,” Morse added.

“The Legislature clearly directed these funds be spent on nursing home reimbursements. The Governor approved the raid of funds dedicated to our county and private nursing homes as part of her effort to fill the budget shortfall in DHHS. However, the budget, signed by Governor Hassan, does not allow this action per a footnote explicitly prohibiting transfers or reductions of the state’s nursing home funding,” said Forrester.

“There are four nursing homes in my district that will have to absorb around $700,000 because of the Governor’s cuts. The likely outcome will be a cost downshift to taxpayers in the three counties my district covers. This is the unfortunate result of the Governor’s inability to responsibly manage the state’s budget,” Forrester continued.

“We passed a manageable budget that the Governor signed into law and have seen revenues coming in just above our conservative estimates each month.  By all measures, the state should be able to live within its financial means,” said Morse.

The Department of Health and Human Services latest budget dashboard shows it exceeding its Fiscal Year 2015 budget by $58 million.

Tuesday
Dec232014

NHDP - NH Republicans Seek to Defund Planned Parenthood, Again 

Concord, N.H. – Before the legislative session has even begun, the Concord Monitor reports that New Hampshire Republicans are already gearing up for another fight to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict access to family planning and critical health services for hard-working Granite State families.
 
“It’s long past time for Republicans to give up their radical agenda to defund Planned Parenthood, which would restrict access to critical health services and hurt hard-working middle class families,” said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan. “The New Hampshire Republican Party needs to learn that safe and affordable access to family planning services isn’t just a ‘women’s issue,’ it’s an economic issue for thousands of hard-working Granite State families.”
 
“Governor Hassan worked to restore funding for Planned Parenthood in her first term, ensuring that thousands of Granite State women have access to the critical health services they depend on. New Hampshire Democrats call on Speaker Jasper, Senate President Morse and other Republican leaders to stop trying to re-fight the same partisan battles of the last Bill O’Brien legislature and work with Governor Hassan to solve problems, expand middle class opportunity, and keep our economy moving forward.” added Sullivan.