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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.

Tuesday
Dec232014

NHDP - Newspapers Across NH Scold O’Brien for Destructive Antics

 

When Will Kelly Ayotte & GOP Leaders End Their Silence? 
 
Concord, N.H. – Newspapers across the state have repeatedly blasted Bill O’Brien for his childish and harmful behavior, begging the question, when will Kelly Ayotte, Chuck Morse, and Republican Party leaders end their silence and stop endorsing O’Brien as he fights to destroy the New Hampshire House from within.
 
“Bill O’Brien’s increasingly desperate attempts to grab power for himself and further his own radical anti-middle class agenda are no longer just hurting the Republican Party, they’re threatening the well-being of our middle class families and our economy,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Kelly Ayotte, Chuck Morse, and Republican Party leaders need to act responsibly and finally call on O’Brien to quit his destructive tactics and radical anti-middle class agenda before he’s able to take our economy backwards again.”
 
See below for a roundup of editorials from across the state blasting O’Brien’s destructive antics.
 
Nashua Telegraph: Politics: Dignity is not too much to ask
“The state faces too many important issues over the next two years to have Concord turned into a clown show. Politicians on both sides of the aisle need to work together – as they have done the past two years – to solve problems. That means O’Brien and his minions need to demonstrate a little dignity in defeat.”
Click here for full Nashua Telegraph Editorial.
 
Nashua Telegraph: They can cry if they want to
“Jasper isn’t the real culprit here. The larger problem is a party mind-set that thinks Bill O’Brien could possibly be an answer to any question New Hampshire voters might be asking. […] voters don’t much care about petty party considerations. They expect the jilted to grow up, get over the heartbreak and put the good of the state first.”
Click here for full Nashua Telegraph Editorial.
 
Concord Monitor: Tantrum is hurting GOP and the state
“Children see the world in black and white. The O’Brien faction and their leader are acting like spoiled children. Their tantrum is hurting their party, and if it continues, it will embarrass a state that is moving closer to the center of the national spotlight.”
Click here for full Concord Monitor Editorial.
 
Portsmouth Herald: O'Brien will do anything to gain power
“At first, former House Speaker Bill O’Brien and his rabid supporters, including the outspoken Pam Tucker of Greenland and Fred Rice of Hampton, just looked like a bunch of sore losers throwing a temper tantrum. But their efforts on Thursday to change House rules in order to anoint O’Brien as Republican majority leader fly in the face of the New Hampshire Constitution and show the desperate lengths O’Brien and his cronies will go to grab power from legally elected House Speaker Shawn Jasper and his leadership team. […] These latest actions show O’Brien is not simply a former Massachusetts Democrat who has become a far right-wing ideologue, he is a dangerous demagogue who will stop at nothing to get the power he seems to so desperately crave.”
Click here for full Concord Monitor Editorial.
 
Keene Sentinel: Republican House members need a time out
“At no point have we heard the put-out GOP leaders indicate anything they’re doing is for the good of the state. Rather, nearly every rebuke of the elected speaker has noted his actions as being detrimental to “the party.” Well, that would be a reasonable stance if only the Republican Party mattered — or governed — in New Hampshire. But those days have long since passed. What needs to happen now is to put aside these very petty squabbles in favor of serving the best interests of the state. […]The next two years will be hard enough to navigate. The GOP-led Legislature will need to find common ground with Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. That seems unlikely if its House members can’t even work and play amongst themselves without needing to be sent to the corner.”
Click here for full Keene Sentinel Editorial.
 
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript: O’Brien denial a coup for voters
“It’s time for O’Brien to let go of the reins of the N.H. House. There is a reason, perhaps many, why he wasn’t elected again to serve as speaker. […] given how our Legislature was run when O’Brien was in charge, Granite Staters should be happy to have someone — anyone — else leading the way for the majority party.”
Click here for full Monadnock Ledger-Transcript Editorial.
 
Valley News: The O’Brien Rebellion
“In the course of the proceedings, O’Brien demonstrated that this particular leopard had not changed spots, as his backers sought a rule change requiring a roll call vote instead of the traditional secret ballot. […] End of story? No, beginning of GOP civil war.”
Click here for full Valley News Editorial.