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Thursday
May202010

NH House Democrats Defy Tradition, Set Dangerous Precedent

Concord--In what can only be considered the parliamentary version of the “Cornhusker Kickback,” House Democrats created a dangerous new precedent on Wednesday by conjuring up new motions and using coin flips to determine the state’s fiscal policy for their budget shortfall. 

House Democrats came to an agreement with the Senate, behind closed doors and signed an agreement which called for a coin toss in order to determine which bill the House and Senate would work on in conference to address their fiscal mismanagement.  The chair of the House Finance Committee then offered what can only be called a “contingent” motion on the House floor, a motion that exists nowhere in rules or parliamentary procedure or has ever been used in the House that anyone can recall.  This motion passed on the House floor by only 12 votes, with a dozen Democrats joining Republicans in protest of this dangerous, precedent-setting vote. 

In comments to WMUR-TV, Speaker Norelli commented that she would welcome the Republicans participation in the process but that all she’d seen so far was obstruction.  In response to this outrageous comment by the House Speaker, House Republican Leader Sherm Packard (Londonderry) stated: “I am shocked by the comments of Terie Norelli.  When Republicans offered $200 Million in cuts to the budget last year, we were turned away.  When Republicans offered over $70 Million in cuts to the recent budget, we were turned away.  All Speaker Norelli has shown us is that her party has gone from ‘yes we can’ to ‘no we won’t.’  They have failed to balance their budget, they have failed to govern, and they have failed to even work with the Senate and their own governor.  The only way Republicans have been obstructionists is in protecting the interests of the institution. So I ask,  who’s really doing the obstructing in Concord?”

In a further slap to the face of proper procedure, Speaker Norelli refused to take up the Ways & Means committee’s revenue estimates BEFORE appointing the conferees on the budget bill, leaving them in the dark about where the state’s revenues are actually tracking.  “In my twenty years in the New Hampshire House, I have never been more disgusted by the lack of civility, the lack of respect for our traditions and precedent and the way the majority runs the House rough-shot,” concluded Packard. 



Tuesday
May112010

House Republican Leadership Rejects SB 450

More Taxes, Bonding and Downshifting Cited as Reasons

Concord—Calling it a “further assault on the New Hampshire Advantage,” House Republican leaders today called upon all House members to oppose the Finance amendment to SB 450 when it comes to the floor of the House for a vote on Wednesday.

House Republican Leader Sherm Packard (Londonderry) cited $25M in additional taxes; the continued practice of bonding operating costs, which passes even more debt on to the next budget; and the downshifting of an additional $20M to New Hampshire municipalities and school districts as reasons for opposing the legislation.

“The party of ‘Yes we can’ has quickly turned into the party of ‘No we won’t,’” said Packard.

“Republicans brought forth an alternative budget last year that spent $200M less than Democrats--and they quickly rejected it.  This year we offered $77M in proposed cuts--and they rejected nearly all of them.  Their answer to the overspending that they are responsible for over the past four years is to increase taxes and downshift the problem to our cities and towns.  That is just plain irresponsible,” added Rep. Packard.

The vote of the House Finance Committee on SB 450 was Ought to Pass with amendment (OTP/A), 13-12, with a lone Democrat joining 11 Republicans in opposing the measure.  “I am very concerned about the number and magnitude of the tax and fee increases, especially their decision to allow cities and towns to pass their own rooms and meals tax. Unfortunately, the end result of SB 450 does not solve our budget deficit, leaving a continued mess,” said Senior Assistant Republican Leader Gene Chandler (Bartlett).  

Finance Democrats voted to borrow $65M to pay for the state’s operating expenses and refinanced an additional $40M of the debt service due in FY11.  While it may lower the payment for that one year, it will add nine years of bond payments and $6.7M in interest to our General Fund debt burden.  As a result of the “Lynch Philosophy” of bonding operating expenses, the next legislature is already looking at $45M of interest on bond payments alone.

“The people of this state have had enough.  Over the past four years under Democrat leadership our citizens have  been hit with more than 60 fee and tax increases, watched government spending increase by more than 20% while the rest of the country was cutting budgets on average by 2%, and had millions of dollars downshifted to their local communities,” said Packard.  “Republicans will continue to offer solutions to this economic crisis and it’s time that the party of ‘yes we can’ started listening.”

On Wednesday, Republicans will be offering several amendments to SB 450 to address the many concerns, not only of our caucus, but of the citizens of New Hampshire. “It is time that we got back to work crafting a responsible budget that is in the best interests of the citizens of New Hampshire,” concluded Rep. Packard.



Wednesday
May052010

NH Republicans - Join us on the Links 

Dear Sir/Madam,

As the 2010 election cycle begins Republicans in New Hampshire are committed to regaining majorities in both the State House and State Senate. The House Republican Victory PAC is dedicated to raising funds and supporting Republican candidates in each of the 400 New Hampshire House of Representatives elections in the November General Election.

With your help we can Make New Hampshire Great Again and we hope you will generously consider both participating in and sponsoring the House Republican Victory PAC Golf Tournament on Monday, May 17, 2010. This promises to be a fun and exciting day at The Wentworth By the Sea County Club, in Rye, New Hampshire, one of the premier golf courses in New England!

I am writing to ask for your help. We need tournament sponsors, hole sponsors, donations for gift bags, door prizes, and general contributions. Anything you, your company or your PAC can contribute would be greatly appreciated.

I realize the many political donation requests you must get each year, so on behalf of the House Victory PAC Team, I want to thank you in advance for considering this critically important request.

If you would like to participate or sponsor the House Republican Victory PAC Golf Tournament please contact the tournament organizer, Katie Horgan at Katie@nhgop.org or by phone at 603-225-9341.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,



Gene Chandler
Chair
House Republican Victory PAC

Friday
Mar122010

Former Senator and DNC Member Peter Burling's Statement on the Repeal of the LLC Tax Proposed by Senators Cilley & Reynolds 

Cornish -- Former state senator and current DNC Member Peter Burling of Cornish, released the following statement applauding Senators Jackie Cilley and Deb Reynolds for their courageous effort to repeal the LLC tax:
 
"I know Deb and Jackie are taking heat from some members of the Republican Party for offering alternative ways to raise revenue if the repeal of the LLC Tax passes.  That's absolutely typical of the Republicans who never offer any substantive alternatives and are always looking to downshift costs onto the property tax payer."

Wednesday
Mar032010

NHDP - NH Republican Party's Call to Return Money Height of Hypocrisy

NHGOP calling on Democrats to return contributions after refusing for 7 years to return Abramoff money used to pay for phone jamming

 

Concord - Today, the New Hampshire Republican Party issued a release calling on Democrats to return campaign contributions from Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-New York).  Embarrassingly, they sent out the release without promising to return money they received from Jack Abramoff's Indian casino clients for the phone jamming scandal back in 2002.

 

"The Republican Party's hypocrisy is astounding," said Derek Richer, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "They have refused to return money from Jack Abramoff, a convicted felon, for 7 years - money they used to illegally jam Democratic phone lines."

 

During the 2002 election, the NHGOP received contributions from two of Abramoff's Indian casino clients just days before engaging in illegally jamming phone lines being used by the NHDP and firefighters to get out their vote.  Since then, they have repeatedly refused to return the funds.

 

"Ryan Williams and John H. Sununu should be embarrassed to make such a ridiculous attack," continued Richer.  "Are they going to give back the thousands in tainted money they received from Jack Abramoff and Mississippi Indian Casinos?"