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NHDP - NH Senate Republican’s Political Staffers Received Double Digit Pay Raises

Concord – Following their disastrous November Elections, New Hampshire Senate Republicans gave their own Republican legislative staffers double digit salary increases.   But now Republicans are attacking a new proposed contract for New Hampshire state troopers, teamsters, and other state employees that includes the employees' first cost-of-living increase in five years.
Last fall, Senate Republican Chief of Staff Jay Flanders received a 25% pay increase and Republican Caucus Director Tom Cronin received a 10% pay increase in their salary.  Cronin had just returned to the State House after a several month long leave of absence to work on Republican Ovide Lamontagne’s failed campaign for Governor.
“Republicans are attacking modest cost-of-living increases for thousands of hardworking state troopers and other state employees who haven’t seen a raise in five years, and who are willing to make changes to their health plans to save the state money, but the Senate GOP had no problem handing out far larger increases to their own political henchmen,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstien.  “Republicans continue to put ideology ahead of the what is the best of the people and workers in New Hampshire, but even for them this latest attack is a pathetic low.”
The Republican pay increases were approved by the facilities committee in December of 2014.  Minutes can be found here:
Last night, Tom Cronin and Republican Senator Andy Sanborn tweeted attacks aimed that the state employee contracts.  This morning the New Hampshire Republican Party joined in the hypocrisy with a press release. 
“New Hampshire Republicans should be embarrassed by their party’s latest cheap political stunt targeting hardworking state employees,” continued Kirstein.   “How do Republican Leader Jeb Braldey and his caucus plan to explain why New Hampshire’s state employees are less deserving of a raise than their Republican political staffers? Especially when one of the individuals didn't even show up at the State House for months before his double digit raise? Instead he was traveling around with failed Republican candidate for Governor Ovide Lamontagne.”

NHDP - NH Senate Republicans Lurch to the Far Right of Tea Party Governor Jan Brewer 

Concord – Yesterday, radically conservative Tea Party Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed Medicaid Expansion into law after the state’s Republican majority legislature voted for expansion.  Sadly, in New Hampshire Senate Republicans are blocking expansion and refusing to acknowledge the improved health and economic security it would being for 58,000 Granite State workers and taxpayers.
“Even radical Tea Party hero Arizona Governor Jan Brewer could put her ideology aside and work to expand Medicaid to improve insurance coverage and strengthen economic security for working families,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.  “If New Hampshire Senate Republicans lurch any further to the right, they will slide right off the eastern seaboard and into the Atlantic Ocean.”



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."

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