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Friday
Jun262015

NRSC - WMUR: Gov. Hassan vetoes budget passed by NH House, Senate 

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NOTE: Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, released a statement disagreeing with the veto. “I am extremely disappointed in Governor Hassan’s action to veto the budget because it blocks important funding increases that support state agencies and our state’s neediest citizens and creates uncertainty within these organizations. In addition, the veto puts on hold important business tax reductions that are designed to create jobs and stimulate New Hampshire’s business economy,” Morse said in the statement.

Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoes budget passed by NH House, Senate
Wrangling Over State Budget Likely To Continue For Months
WMUR
KC Downey
June 25, 2015
http://www.wmur.com/politics/gov-maggie-hassan-vetos-budget-passed-by-nh-house-senate/33768860

Gov. Maggie Hassan made true on her word Thursday and vetoed the budget passed Wednesday along party lines in the NH House and Senate.

“By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire Constitution, on June 25, 2015, I have vetoed House Bills 1 and 2, making appropriations for the expenses of certain departments of the state for fiscal years ending June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017," Hassan said in a press release Thursday.

Hassan said the spending plan creates a $90 million hole by offering corporate tax breaks.

Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, released a statement disagreeing with the veto.

“I am extremely disappointed in Governor Hassan’s action to veto the budget because it blocks important funding increases that support state agencies and our state’s neediest citizens and creates uncertainty within these organizations. In addition, the veto puts on hold important business tax reductions that are designed to create jobs and stimulate New Hampshire’s business economy,” Morse said in the statement.

The current budget expires next week, but the governor has signed a continuing resolution to keep the government running under the current conditions for another six months.

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Wednesday
Jun242015

NRSC - WMUR: Republicans remind Lynch in 2011 let GOP budget become law 

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KEY TAKEAWAY: Four years ago, then-Gov. John Lynch strongly opposed the GOP-passed budget, but rather than veto it, he let the package become law without his signature. Lynch said at the time that a veto of the budget had the potential to create “chaos in state government,” including a government shutdown.

Republicans Remind: Lynch in 2011 let GOP budget become law
Hassan’s predecessor cited saying veto could mean ‘chaos in state government’ 
WMUR
John DiStaso
June 23, 2015
http://www.wmur.com/politics/republicans-remind-lynch-in-2011-let-gop-budget-become-law/33720666

The state Republican Party on Tuesday will try to use the words of Gov. Maggie Hassan’s predecessor and fellow Democrat against her as she apparently prepares to veto the two-year spending plan passed by the Republican majority in the Legislature.

Four years ago, then-Gov. John Lynch strongly opposed the GOP-passed budget, but rather than veto it, he let the package become law without his signature.

Lynch said at the time that a veto of the budget had the potential to create “chaos in state government,” including a government shutdown.

The state Republican Party cited a passage from Lynch’s press release, issued on June 24, 2011, in which he said he would let the budget become law without signing it.

“There could be serious repercussions to the people of our great state if there is no budget in place on July 1,” Lynch said in the release. “Vital services could be unavailable to our citizens, including everything from driver's license renewal services, permitting required for businesses and critical road repairs. Also, state parks could be closed for the Fourth of July, employees and private contractors wouldn't get paid and our state credit rating could be impacted.”

Lynch also said at the time, “Given the Legislature's rejection of proposed remedies to the problems in the budget, it is clear that a veto would not lead to a better budget.”

Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn said Monday, “While we had many disagreements with Gov. Lynch, he realized that vetoing the state budget would ‘create chaos in state government’ and generate ‘serious repercussions’ for our state. Gov. Hassan is putting her political ambitions before New Hampshire’s best interests by threatening a reckless veto that could put critical state services at risk. It is time for the governor to end her partisan attacks, follow the example set by Gov. Lynch, and stop playing politics with New Hampshire’s fiscal integrity.”

Horn also cited a Concord Monitor report on June 21, in which Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies, said the current budget is “the best budget we’ve seen in years.”

There are differences between 2011 and 2015, primarily that four years ago, Republicans held a majority large enough to override a veto, while this year they do not. Some Republicans promised in 2011 that if Lynch vetoed the budget, they would make the cuts deeper.

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Wednesday
Jun242015

NRSC - HASSAN SAID IT: A Gov't Shutdown Is “Unconscionable” 

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HASSAN SAID IT …

A Government Shutdown Is “Unconscionable”

WASHINGTON – Governor Maggie Hassan is threatening to veto the budget and shut down the government because of the Legislature's efforts to bring new jobs to New Hampshire. Two years ago, though, she called her own strategy "unconscionable" and motivated by extremism.

"Maggie Hassan called a federal government shutdown 'unconscionable,' but she has no problem threatening to shut down the state government," said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox. "This hypocrisy is further proof that Granite Staters can't trust Maggie Hassan."

BACKGROUND … 

In June 2015, Hassan Vowed To Veto The State Budget Because Of “Unfunded Tax Cuts For Big Corporations.” "I will veto it if it comes to my desk as it is. I have been at the table with Republican leadership and have been clear throughout the process about how we can achieve a bipartisan budget that addresses our shared priorities, but Republican leadership refused to compromise on any of the major issues – most critically their unfunded tax cuts for big corporations.” (Governor Maggie Hassan, “Republican Budget Is Fiscally Irresponsible and Unbalanced, Will Veto If Comes to Desk As It Is,” Press Release, 6/18/15)

In 2013, Hassan Called The Federal Government Shutdown “Unconscionable.” “It is simply unconscionable that, at the expense of  the needs of our people, some members of Congress have chosen to put their extreme ideology first and continue to fight battles they have already lost.” (Gov. Maggie Hassan, “Statement From Governor Hassan On Government Shutdown,” Press Release, 10/1/13)

Tuesday
Jun232015

NRSC - NH Charities: GOP Budget Is The Best Budget In Years 

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WASHINGTON – As Governor Maggie Hassan continues to resist compromise and threaten a budget veto which would shutdown New Hampshire, groups that care for the most vulnerable Granite Staters are pleading with the Governor not to reject the “best budget in years."

As the Concord Monitor reports:

“But the advocates fear a veto could jeopardize those small advances. They are worried about the uncertainty a veto would create. ‘This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we’ve seen in years,’ said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. ‘We hope our needs don’t get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.’ The current state budget expires June 30. Without a set spending plan in place, many health and social service providers won’t know how much money they get or whether their programs could again be on the chopping block. ‘The uncertainty that it creates is the biggest problem,’ said Jeff Dickinson, Advocacy Director for Granite State Independent Living.”  (Allie Morris, Health, Social Services Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat, Concord Monitor, 06/21/15)

“Social service providers are calling this the best budget in years and urging the Governor to compromise, yet Maggie Hassan continues to stubbornly ignore the needs of the poor, disabled, and elderly,” said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “Hassan’s veto threat is just another reminder that she puts party politics above doing what's best for New Hampshire.”   

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Tuesday
Jun232015

NRSC - UL: Hassan vs. NH Business: Her 'Out-Of-State' Charade 

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ...

Union Leader: Hassan vs. NH Business: Her 'Out-Of-State' Charade

Editorial
June 21, 2015
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150622/OPINION01/150629832

Gov. Maggie Hassan last week claimed that New Hampshire business taxes really are taxes on out-of-state businesses. Therefore, we don’t need to cut them. This is nuts, as well as incorrect.

In her Thursday statement declaring why she would veto the state budget, she said it gives “unpaid-for tax cuts to big corporations, mostly headquartered out-of-state” and that will “put corporate special interests ahead of New Hampshire’s families, small businesses and economy.”

The Republican budget trims the state business profits and business enterprise taxes. Will most businesses that receive those tax cuts be headquartered out of state?

Hassan’s office says she based that claim on a 2011 New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) report, which used data from 2008. That report, “Business Taxes in New Hampshire: Where Do They Stand? How Much Do They Matter?” contains this section headline: “Of those businesses that incur a BPT or BET liability, the large majority are based outside New Hampshire.”

But the headline was incorrectly worded. The state Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) figures on which the NHFPI says that report was based show that more than half of business tax filers in 2008 were identified as New Hampshire companies. What the NHFPI report intended to show, rather, is that the majority of business tax revenue is paid by out-of-state businesses, not that most taxpaying businesses are from outside the state.

Yet that assertion is not verifiable.

According to the DRA, it could only approximate where a business was headquartered in 2008 by using the business’s Federal Employer Identification Number. But when businesses move, their federal ID numbers stay the same. A Massachusetts business that moved to New Hampshire in 2005 would still appear to be a Massachusetts business in 2008. So although the figures suggest most business tax revenue came from businesses that were created in other states, we cannot tell for certain. Today, the DRA collects no information on business headquarters, not even the federal ID number, so no one knows what the current breakdown is.

But even if most business tax revenue is generated by companies with out-of-state headquarters, Hassan is wrong to suggest that this negates the need to cut rates.

Lower rates will make New Hampshire more attractive, higher rates less attractive, regardless of where a company is based. Furthermore, assuming out-of-state companies do generate more than half of New Hampshire business tax revenue, one might wonder why New Hampshire, with the fourth-worst corporate tax burden in the nation (even Washington, D.C.’s is better), would have such a large portion of its business tax revenue paid by companies based outside the state. This seems not to occur to the governor.

Worst of all, though, Hassan ignores the effect of the state’s high business tax rates on New Hampshire businesses. To generate a cheap (and false) partisan talking point — that Republicans put out-of-state corporate interests first — she consigns New Hampshire businesss to continuing to pay the third-highest state corporate tax burden in the nation. That is one strange way to look out for New Hampshire small businesses.


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