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NH Senators Respond to Hassan Veto of Agency Communications Bill 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senators Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), David Boutin (R-Hooksett, and Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) issued the following statements following Governor Maggie Hassan’s veto of HB 685, the Agency Communications bill. 

Senator Jeb Bradley- “The Governor’s Veto Message raises a number of non-existent problems to justify her attempt to block transparency in state government. The Legislature, and the people of New Hampshire, have a right to know what is going on within their government. HB 685 represents a broad, bipartisan approach to bringing in more sunlight, and preserving the checks and balances between the Legislative and Executives branches that are essential to New Hampshire’s system of government.” 

Senator David Boutin- “Governor Hassan wants to shield inter-agency communications from the public. Audits are essential to providing legislative oversight to the operations of the Executive Branch, and ensuring that state agencies are implementing the laws we pass appropriately and efficiently. HB 685 simply requires that state agencies open up their communications to those auditors.” 

Senator Sharon Carson- “Governor Hassan continues to throw a smokescreen around her Administration, preventing the public from seeing the workings of state government. Our Constitution requires that ‘Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive.’ HB 685 would make our state agencies more accessible and accountable to the people of New Hampshire.”


NH Republican Senators call on Governor Hassan to halt unauthorized tax increase 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Department of Revenue Administration seeking to expand Real Estate Transfer Tax without legislative approval


Concord, NH – State Senators David Boutin (R-Hooksett) and John Reagan (R-Deerfield) today called on Governor Maggie Hassan to halt her Administration’s plan to expand the Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT). The Hassan Administration recently asked the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) for authority to apply the tax on leases, but then withdrew that request. The Hassan Administration is now claiming that it has the ability to tax leases. This unilateral expansion of the tax has not been authorized by the Legislature, and is not allowed under current rules governing the Department of Revenue Administration.


“Bureaucrats cannot and should not expand an existing tax on their own.  The law cannot mean whatever Governor Hassan wants it to mean,” said Sen. Boutin. “The law clearly states that the Real Estate Transfer Tax doesn’t apply to short term leases, and the Governor knows it. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have pushed to change the rules. Governor Hassan should immediately end her quest to impose a new Lease Tax on New Hampshire businesses.”


Both the DRA website and the RETT forms provided to buyers and sellers state that the tax applies to leases of 99 years or longer, but neither applies the tax to leases of  shorter terms. Neither state law nor administrative rules authorize collection of the Real Estate Transfer Tax on those leases. The Hassan Administration has not provided any justification for its new claim to JLCAR.


“If the Governor wants to expand the Real Estate Transfer Tax, she’ll need to get a bill passed. She can’t make such a major policy change on a whim,” added Sen. Reagan, chair of JLCAR. “Not only would the Governor’s Lease Tax hurt our struggling real estate sector, but any such retroactive tax increase would create tremendous uncertainty in our tax code. New Hampshire businesses can’t operate when the Governor can increase their tax bills whenever she feels like it.”



NH RSA 78-B authorizes the Real Estate Transfer Tax of $0.75 per $100 of fair market value “imposed upon the sale, granting and transfer of real estate and any interest therein including transfers by operation of law.” The tax is paid by both the buyer and the seller, resulting in a total tax rate of 1.5%.


Administrative Rule Part Rev 802.01(f) applies RETT on leases of 99 years or longer, but do not authorize RETT on shorter leases. The Hassan Administration has sought a change in Administrative Rules to allow RETT on “ground lease transfers”, but delayed its request twice in the face of criticism from the Committee. The Hassan Administration has now withdrawn its request, claiming that “the taxability of ground leases exists currently under New Hampshire law.”


Administrative Rules Chapter Rev 800- Transfer of Real Property


Attached: DRA Letter to JLCAR


Former Governor Luis Fortuño to Keynote NH Federation of Republican Women’s Annual Lilac Luncheon

Concord, NH (June 5, 2014) – The NH Federation of Republican Women (NHFRW) announced today that former Governor Luis Fortuño (R-Puerto Rico) will be the featured speaker at its annual Lilac Luncheon and Flag Day Celebration that will be held on Saturday, June 14. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn on 172 North Main Street in Concord, NH beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at and

“The NHFRW is excited to have Governor Fortuño speak at our annual Lilac Luncheon,” stated Jennifer Couture, President of the NHFRW. “He is a standout leader in our party and strong advocate for fiscally sound policies that cut taxes and rein in spending. Governor Fortuño understands the critical issues facing our country and we look forward to hearing his insights as we move toward an important election season.”

The Lilac Luncheon is the organization’s largest annual event. Past speakers include former Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Senator John McCain, former Senator George Allen, Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day, and The CURE’s Star Parker.

The NHFRW will be raffling off a .22 magnum North American Arms mini revolver donated by Advanced Arms of NH. Tickets are $20 per entry. A winner will be drawn at the end of the Lilac Luncheon. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets may be purchased online at

The NHFRW has six local clubs across the state and is part of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), which is a grassroots political organization composed of 1,800 local clubs and more than 100,000 members in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Membership is open to all Republican women and men are also welcomed as Associate members.


NHDP - ICYMI: N.H. Senate Republicans Placing Politics Ahead of Granite State Workers

Nashua Telegraph: Wages of war in New Hampshire

Key Point: "They clearly didn’t vote to help the lowest wage earners in the state. One can only surmise that the state’s underpaid workers aren’t the people these [Republican] senators think they were sent to Concord to represent. In that case, they’re doing a great job."

Wages of war in New Hampshire

Telegraph Editorial

There is no war going on in New Hampshire.

State Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, would have you believe differently, judging from statements he made on the floor of the Senate in Concord last week.

Sanborn said a proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage above the federal minimum of $7.25 was a “war on employers.”

It would hurt the very people it was intended to help and would decimate businesses, he said.

“How many jobs are going to exist in New Hampshire if there are no longer any employers?” Sanborn asked rhetorically.

Sanborn is prone to outrageous comparisons. Last year, while he was guest-hosting a radio show, he compared the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to the San Francisco plane crash that killed two people.

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro called the bill to raise the state’s minimum wage a “job killer.” And last week, all 13 Republican senators voted down the increase and killed the bill, HB 1403, which was sent to them by the Democratically controlled House of Representatives.

Republican state senators like Sanborn and Bradley, who tried to cast a minimum wage increase as an assault on employers and businesses, engaged in the worst kind of political hyperbole.

New Hampshire is viewed as one of the most-business friendly states in the country.

New Hampshire has the lowest minimum wage in New England. The minimum wage is $8.60 an hour in Vermont, $8 in Massachusetts and $7.50 in Maine.

Someone earning the minimum wage in New Hampshire would have to dedicate all their earning for seven months just to pay the taxes on Sanborn’s Bedford home.

Raising the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour in 2015 – and eventually to $9 an hour in 2016 – would have boosted the wages of 76,000 Granite Staters, including women, young people and parents, according to the liberal Economic Policy Institute.



Testerman For US Senate - Welcomes Brown to Open Primary 

CONCORD, NH - Karen Testerman, Republican candidate  for U.S.Senate  issued the following statement regarding Scott Brown's announcement of the formation of an Exploratory Committee. "Welcome to the campaign, Scott.   I wish you all the best.  One of the great opportunities in the Republican Party is our willingness to have primaries," Testerman stated.  "We are strengthened by the process."  

On Friday,former Senator Brown, a sponsor of the Northeastern Regional Republican Leadership Conference, used this paid spotlight to announce his intentions to form an exploratory committee.


Please view "Protect and Defend" 


The campaign website is