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NHDP - Senate Republicans Finally Reveal Budget, Cuts Would Devastate NH Health Care

Senate GOP Doubles Down on Reckless O'Brien-Bradley Cuts

Concord - After more than a week of refusing to be honest with the people of New Hampshire about their planned cuts, Senate Republicans revealed a reckless plan to slash investments in health care services that are critical for New Hampshire families.  Two weeks ago, Senate Republicans announced they would look to cut 300 million dollars from the state budget.  Today, after they finally outlined their disastrous cuts, New Hampshire Democratic Party Communication Director Harrell Kirstein released the following statement.   

"No wonder Senate Republicans refused to be honest with the people of New Hampshire about the disastrous cuts they planned to inflict, they have doubled down on the reckless and irresponsible cuts made by the previous O'Brien-Bradley budget. Their cuts will unfairly target seniors, children, working families and some of the must vulnerable people in the state.

"This slash and dismantle agenda was rejected by New Hampshire voters last fall.  But rather than look for responsible ways to balance the budget they have taken a Tea Party hatchet to critical access hospitals, mental health care, servicelink, CHINS funding, and local community health centers.  Today's announcement is further evidence of Senators Chuck Morse, Peter Bragdon and Jeb Bradley continuing to put their far right ideological agenda ahead of what is best for the people of New Hampshire."


NHDP - Senate Republicans Must Name Their 300M Budget Cuts 

NH Families and Small Businesses "Flat Out" deserve to know what 300 million Senate Republicans have put on the chopping block


Concord - If Senate Republicans plan to double down on the failed O'Brien-Bradley budget scheme from two years ago, the people of New Hampshire deserve to know what they plan to cut.  Last week, Republican Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Morse claimed the state budget the House sent to the Senate had a $300 million dollar hole and added that "flat out, the budget is going to look a whole lot different when it leaves the Senate than it does now." But Morse and Senate Republicans detailed only a small percentage of the 300 million they want to cut from the state budget, by vowing to cut funds for LCHIP and a scholarship program for underprivileged students.


"It is time for Senate Republicans to 'flat out' name their cuts," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.  "If Republicans plan to devastate education, kill hundreds of  New Hampshire jobs, put winter snowplowing at risk, downshift to local communities, and slash hospital funding - again - they should be honest with the people of New Hampshire about what exactly they plan to cut.  The very least Republicans can do is eliminate the uncertainty and let Granite State families and small businesses can brace themselves for another round of reckless and irresponsible Republican cuts."             


In the last budget, House and Senate Republicans made the largest cut to public higher education in American history.  They killed hundreds of New Hampshire jobs, downshifted millions of dollars to local communities, and cut services for seniors and people with disabilities in order to pay for tax giveaways to big tobacco.


"The Bradley-O'Brien budget was an epic disaster for the people of New Hampshire and for Republicans on ballot in 2012.  It's no surprise that Senate Republicans want to hide their plan to double down on this failed approach from Granite Staters, but that doesn't make it right," continued Kirstein.  "Will Senate Republicans eliminate all funding for higher education, pushing through another double-digit tuition increase? Will they cut additional aid to cities and towns, raising local property taxes? Will they cut health care for seniors, people with disabilities and children?  The people of New Hampshire 'flat out' deserve to know."


NHDP - NH Republicans Double Down on Failed O'Brien-Bradley Cuts to Critical Access Hospitals, LCHIP, Scholarships

Senate Republicans follow through on O'Brien Promise to slash NH budget


Concord - New Hampshire State Senate Republicans revealed this afternoon they plan to continue the failed O'Brien-Bradley budget policies voters rejected last fall with 300 million dollars in cuts.  Already they have vowed to cut dedicated funds for LCHIP, scholarship programs for underprivileged students, and reduce funding even below the reckless O'Brien-Bradley budget levels for critical access hospitals.  But even those programs combined aren't likely to add up to the 300 million dollars in cuts Republican Senator Morse is calling for. 


"Jeb Bradley's Tea Party Republican caucus is doubling down on the same failed budget policies from 2011 that killed hundreds of New Hampshire jobs, made the largest cut to public higher education funding in American history, and devastated essential services for thousands of Granite Staters," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. "What else will the Tea Party Senate Republicans put on the chopping block?  Are they going to make deeper cuts to the University and Community College Systems, forcing another round of costly tuition increases?  Will they slash domestic violence prevention funding again? What about funding for snow plows for next winter?"


Last May, disgraced Speaker O'Brien promised that if re-elected he would "go further next year, paring as much as $400 million more." [Nashua Telegraph, 5/8/2012] Almost one year to the day from O'Brien making that Tea Party oath, Republicans in the Senate announced they will be following through on his disastrous plan. 


"Clearly Republicans in Concord didn't learn anything from last fall's elections when voters rejected the O'Brien-Bradley budget's mindless cuts undermining education and quality of life in communities across the state," continued Kirstein. "Instead of trying responsible ways to balance the budget while investing in priorities that will grow the economy and move New Hampshire forward, they are reverting to the same failed Tea Party policies of the past."


Molly Sanborn for NH Young Republican Chair! 

Dear Fellow Republican,

My name is Molly Sanborn and I am a lifelong Republican from Hooksett.

It is with enthusiasm and excitement that I am writing you today to announce my candidacy for chairman of the New Hampshire Young Republicans. After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to throw my hat in the ring because I am confident that I can grow and strengthen this important organization.

As the mother of an infant daughter I understand how important it is that we return strong Republican leadership to Concord and Washington – we cannot make future generations pay the price for a failure to act now.  We must strengthen our party and get principled Republicans elected to office.

The New Hampshire Young Republicans will play a critical role in the effort to rebuild our party over the next two years. In order to be successful, the YRs need a chairman who can bring people together to help promote our conservative values and elect Republicans at every level. I have served in the New Hampshire House, my husband Mark & I and are longtime Republican activists, and I am ready to work closely with both party leadership and young professionals across the state.

I believe that I have the experience and the knowledge to help grow this organization and lead us toward becoming a vibrant and influential group in New Hampshire politics.  I look forward to working closely with all of you and I am asking for your vote as Chairman of the New Hampshire Young Republicans.



PS Don't miss the YR Convention - Saturday April 20, 2013 at 10:00 am At the NH Institute of Politics on the campus of St. Anselm College in Manchester


Co-Chair of Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee Invites Governor Hassan to Explain Status of MOU

CONCORD – Today John B. Hunt (R-Rindge), Co-Chair of the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee, hand delivered the following letter to Governor Hassan’s office, inviting her to attend the committee’s meeting Tuesday morning. In prior communication with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Governor referenced explicitly that, “This letter of intent is provided with the understanding that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) governing the expectations, roles and responsibilities of the State of New Hampshire in a Partnership Exchange will not impose a cost on the state's general fund or create new state programs.” It is the impression of Rep. Hunt and of others on the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee that despite previous commitments, an MOU is no longer being pursued.


The letter is attached and reads as follows:


Governor Margaret Hassan

State House
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301


April 8th, 2013


Your Excellency,

As you are aware, the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee will be meeting at 8:00A.M. on Tuesday, April 8, in room 302 of the LOB.  The committee is planning to review and possibly approve the MOU between the State of New Hampshire and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as referenced in your letter of intent to the Secretary on February 13, 2012.  (“This letter of intent is provided with the understanding that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) governing the expectations, roles, and responsibilities of the State of New Hampshire in a Partnership Exchange will not impose a cost on the state’s general fund or create new state programs.”)

Unfortunately, we have been unable to obtain a copy of the MOU from your staff or the Department of Insurance after repeated requests.  Most recently they have informed us they have unilaterally decided not to execute an MOU despite approval of the partnership letter which included the requirement of a MOU, as well as your previous commitment to work in collaboration with the state legislature on such a document to ensure that New Hampshire maintains flexibility and taxpayers are protected financially.  If true, this is very troubling development. 

Like you, we wish to work collaboratively with the executive branch to ensure that if New Hampshire moves forward with a Partnership Exchange we do so in a way that promotes preservation of private health insurance to the greatest degree possible, minimizes overhead and administrative expenses of the exchange, promotes competition and consumer choice, and preserves the state’s insurance regulatory authority and the state’s flexibility in determining Medicaid eligibility standards, program design, and operations.  That is exactly what the MOU is supposed to help us do. 

Therefore, as co-chairman of the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee I am respectfully requesting that you attend our meeting on April 8th so that we can discuss the status of the MOU and the process for moving forward.  If due to the late date of this letter you are unable to attend please send whoever in your office is authorized to discuss this issue on your behalf.




Rep. John Hunt