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Friday
Jul032015

NH GOP - FALLOUT CONTINUES FROM GOVERNOR HASSAN'S RECKLESS BUDGET VETO 

"Governor Denying Services To Some Of The State's Most Needy"

 

Concord - Today, the Portsmouth Herald editorial board wrote that Governor Hassan's budget was a "serious mistake", noting that the "vetoed budget added money for substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery, mental health care, domestic violence prevention, and higher education."

 

"Governor Hassan's reckless budget veto has put critical state services for New Hampshire's most needy at risk," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "We are only beginning to see the serious consequences of Governor Hassan's politically-motivated veto. Governor Hassan should put her political ambitions aside and recognize that the needs of vulnerable Granite Staters are more important than career advancement."

 

Yesterday, WMUR covered the case of Doris Brown, a 92-year-old Laconia woman who had her home health care terminated. The budget Governor Hassan vetoed included a 5% increase in home health care funding.

 

Governor Hassan has a history of putting funding for vulnerable Granite Staters first on the chopping block. Earlier this year, nursing home residents demanded Governor Hassan restore $7 million in cuts in nursing home and home health care funding.

 

On Monday, the Associated Press said the "budget would have doubled money in prevention, treatment and recovery" for New Hampshire's "growing heroin and prescription drug abuse problem." Tym Rourke, Chair of Governor Hassan's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, said that the lack of increased funding means "continued waitlists" and "continued overdose deaths".

 

BACKGROUND

 

Associated Press: "Budget Would Have Doubled Money In Prevention, Treatment And Recovery" "Throughout the budget process, Republicans and Democrats alike called for greater efforts to address the state's growing heroin and prescription drug abuse problem. The budget would have doubled money in prevention, treatment and recovery fund to $6.7 million, allowing the state to begin investing in now-lacking recovery programs. Without the additional funding, the state can't start issuing requests for proposals for new programs and providers. (Kathleen Ronayne, "New Hampshire agencies, programs face budgetary uncertainty," Associated Press, 6/29/2015)

 

Associated Press: "For People Who Need Help, Advocates Say, The Delay Will Have Real Consequences...'That Means Continued Waitlists, That Means Continued Overdose Deaths'" "For people who need help, advocates say, the delay will have real consequences...'That means continued waitlists, that means continued overdose deaths,' said Tym Rourke, chair of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. 'There is no substantive change we can expect to see around the substance abuse epidemic until we have the ability to provide those expanded services.'" (Kathleen Ronayne, "New Hampshire agencies, programs face budgetary uncertainty," Associated Press, 6/29/2015)

 

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Friday
Jul032015

NHDP - Speaker Jasper Makes Clear GOP Doesn’t Focus on Fiscal Responsibility, Long-Term Economic Future 

Concord, N.H. – On NHPR’s “The Exchange,” GOP Speaker Shawn Jasper made clear that Republican budget writers have never been focused on fiscal responsibility and New Hampshire’s long-term economic future.
 
On Republicans’ approach to budgeting, Jasper said, “We never focus on [the future]… we focus on the here and now.”
 
Jasper was referring to the Republicans’ unpaid-for corporate tax giveaways that blow a $90 million hole in future budgets threatening the state’s ability to invest in priorities like higher education, public safety, and safe roads and bridges. Jasper’s comments neglect the fact that because the fiscally irresponsible Republican budget is unbalanced, it would actually place these critical economic priorities (and more) at risk in both the short-term and long-term.  

Thursday
Jul022015

DNC - AP: FACT CHECK: Chris Christie's not always the straight talker of the 2016 campaign 

Key points:

Too many to share. You just have to read this.

 

FACT CHECK: Chris Christie's not always the straight talker of the 2016 campaign

JILL COLVIN & CALVIN WOODWARD // ASSOCIATED PRESS

SANDOWN, N.H. (AP) — Chris Christie certainly tells it like he sees it. That's not to say he always tells it like it is.

In a Republican presidential kickoff speech centered on a pledge to talk straight, the New Jersey governor sometimes exaggerated his record and skipped over more troublesome realities in a state with a struggling economy, a chronically underfunded state pension system and an increasingly gridlocked government.

A look at the some of the claims in his speech this week and how they compare with the facts:

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CHRISTIE: "We've refused to raise taxes on the people of this state for six years."

THE FACTS: Not quite.

During his first term, Christie cut the earned income tax credit, which largely benefits low-income workers, from 25 percent of the federal credit to 20 percent. He surprised Democrats last week by proposing bringing it up to 30 percent in the budget year that started Wednesday. Democrats quickly approved the change.

Christie also repeatedly delayed implementing the Homestead credit program, which grants property tax relief, angering elderly and low-income homeowners, even as he capped property tax increases overall. He also extended the sales tax on online purchases to out-of-state retailers and pushed for higher taxes on e-cigarettes, but failed.

This, while criticizing the previous Democratic administration for raising taxes and fees more than 100 times. To be sure, Christie has vetoed a number of proposed tax increases but his record is not free of raising taxes or their close cousin, fees.

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CHRISTIE: "We rolled up our sleeves and we went to work and we balanced six budgets in a row."

THE FACTS: He had no choice. The New Jersey constitution requires balanced budgets, as many states do, and they are achieved one way or the other, often with some accounting tricks. Christie also has one of the most powerful governorships in the country, and has the power to veto whatever spending items he chooses.

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CHRISTIE: "We made the difficult decisions to reform pensions and health benefits and continue that fight today."

THE FACTS: The governor indeed overhauled the pension and health benefits system for public employees, with the help of unions and Democratic lawmakers. But the deal that made that happen has been branded unconstitutional — by his own administration.

The deal involved union concessions such as higher retirement ages and health care contributions. In return, the state agreed to put more money into the system. But when tax revenues came in far lower than expected last year, Christie reneged on his side of the agreement.

The state Supreme Court ruled the governor wasn't on the hook for the payments. In a peculiar twist, his administration's lawyers had challenged the constitutionality of the agreement. Christie's political action committee even sent a fundraising pitch saying the court's ruling means taxpayers won't shoulder "an impossible tax burden from a union agreement that never even met the standards of the New Jersey Constitution."

Christie's further efforts to fix the pension system appear to be going nowhere.

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CHRISTIE: "We need to get our economy growing again at 4 percent or greater."

THE FACTS: Few economists, liberal or conservative, think that's likely.

A 4 percent target, also prominently preached by Christie's Republican rival Jeb Bush, would require a doubling of growth from the current level, and big trends are pushing against that prospect. Among them, baby boomer retirements are limiting the number of workers in the economy. More automation and low-wage competition overseas are contributing to meager income growth, which has restrained the consumer spending that drives the majority of economic activity.

The odds of achieving sustainable 4 percent growth were low even when the demographic trends were more favorable.

Only four of the 16 presidential terms since World War II have experienced annual economic growth averaging more than 4 percent after inflation, according to economists at Princeton University.

 

Harry Truman saw it happen as U.S. manufacturers helped rebuild post-war Europe. Tax cuts contributed to a boom in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Bill Clinton benefited during his second term from low interest rates and what eventually became a tech-stock bubble.

 

Wednesday
Jul012015

NHDP - ICYMI: Concord Monitor Editorial: "Republicans Cling to a Budget Myth" 

 

 

 

Key Point: “New Hampshire’s unemployment rate is the fifth lowest in the nation and the personal income of its residents rose faster than in any other New England state last year. But the state’s infrastructure is in trouble, state funding for public education and new schools is inadequate, student debt is the highest in the land thanks to too little state support and employer health care costs are high."
 
"The business tax cuts Republicans want would make it difficult or impossible to address those problems."
 
Click here for the full editorial or see excerpt below:
 
For Republicans, tax cuts are unicorns that, when they sip from stagnant economic waters, purify them and allow the flowers of free enterprise to bloom. A beautiful thought, but, like unicorns, the supply-side benefits of tax cuts are mythical.
 
… Gov. Hassan vetoed the budget because, among other things, it contains cuts to the state’s business profits and business enterprise taxes that aren’t accounted for…
 
… New Hampshire’s business taxes are, research shows, a minor factor when a company thinks about moving to or leaving the state. The state’s high and unpredictable energy costs, the availability of a skilled workforce, and the quality of schools and infrastructure all matter more. New Hampshire’s unemployment rate is the fifth lowest in the nation and the personal income of its residents rose faster than in any other New England state last year. But the state’s infrastructure is in trouble, state funding for public education and new schools is inadequate, student debt is the highest in the land thanks to too little state support and employer health care costs are high.
 
The business tax cuts Republicans want would make it difficult or impossible to address those problems. Worst of all, history proves that they never do what their backers hope, lead to an explosion in business growth that results in more, not less, total tax revenue.
 
Click here for the full editorial.
 
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Wednesday
Jul012015

NH GOP - SENATOR AYOTTE'S RECORD OF INDEPENDENT LEADERSHIP AND BIPARTISAN PROBLEM SOLVING 

"Kelly Ayotte consistently ranks as one of the most effective and bipartisan members of the United States Senate. She has represented Granite Staters with honor and distinction by working across the aisle to expand access to health care for our veterans, combat sexual assault in the military and end Washington's government shutdown. Kelly is committed to the traditional New Hampshire principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility, and she has earned another term in the United States Senate." - NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn

 

Ayotte Was Ranked As The Seventh Most Bipartisan Member Of The Senate. ("The Bipartisan Index: Senate Scores," The Lugar CenterAccessed 6/29/15)

 

The Washington Post Ranked Ayotte As The Fourth Most Likely Senator To Cross Party Lines(Philip Bump, "Here Are The Members Of Congress Who Vote Against Their Party The Most," The Washington Post6/11/15)

 

CQ Roll Call Named Ayotte One Of The "25 Most Influential Women In Congress." "Policy Dealmakers: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Was.), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)." ("CQ Roll Call Releases Powerful Women: The 25 Most Influential Women in Congress," CQ Roll Call5/11/15)

 

Ayotte Helped End The Government Shutdown and Co-Sponsored Legislation To Help Ensure It Would Never Happen Again. ("Senate women lead in effort to find accord," The New York Times, 10/14/13; S. 29, "End Government Shutdowns Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 1/22/13)

 

In 2014, Ayotte Worked With Senator Shaheen To Help New Hampshire Veterans Get Health Care Closer To Home. "The Senate passed a veterans reform package last night that contains a provision benefiting those in New Hampshire, where seeking care at Veterans Affairs facilities can sometimes mean traveling outside the state. New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen teamed up to include a provision that allows veterans to get care outside of VA facilities. The bill - which also addresses issues regarding wait times at VA facilities across the nation - passed the Senate on a 91-3 vote. It passed in the House, 420-5, earlier this week, and now heads to President Obama for his signature." (Casey McDermott, "Senate Passes VA Reform Bill, Including Key Provision Meant To Benefit N.H. Veterans," Concord Monitor7/31/14)

 

In 2013, Ayotte Worked With Senator Murray On A Bill To Combat Sexual Assault In The Military. "Several provisions of a bill to combat military sexual assault introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA and Sen. Kelly Ayotte R-NH, have been included in legislation under consideration by the Senate Armed Services Committee. They include a measure to provide victims of sexual assault with a special victims counsel - a military lawyer who would assist sexual-assault victims throughout the legal process. Another provision would help improve the tracking of military sexual-assault statistics." (Hal Bernton, "Military Sexual Assault Bill Includes Provisions From Patty Murray, Seattle Times6/12/13)

 

Ayotte Helped Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Victims Of Sexual Assault In The Military. (S. 1917, "Victims Protection Act Of 2014," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 1/14/14; S. 871, "Combating Military Sexual Assault Act Of 2013," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 5/7/13)

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Ensure Support Services For National Guard And Reserve Members. (S. 2843, "National Guard And Reserve Access To Counsel Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 9/17/14) 

 

In 2015, Ayotte Worked With Senator Shaheen On A Bill To Protect Pregnant Workers. "But not every employer follows Badger's model to provide accommodations for the needs of pregnant workers. That's why U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have sponsored a bill to require employers to make reasonable adjustments for employees who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Those accommodations could include allowing the woman to carry a water bottle, despite a policy against food or drinks on the job, or providing a stool for a pregnant employee who normally stands during work." (Megan Doyle, "Ayotte, Shaheen Sponsor Bill To Protect Pregnant Workers, Concord Monitor6/6/15)  

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Help New Hampshire's Ski Industry. (S. 382, "Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act Of 2011," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 2/17/11) 

 

Ayotte Helped Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Cities And States Build 21st Century Manufacturing Training Programs. (S. 1542, "Manufacturing Skills Act Of 2015," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 6/10/15)

 

Ayotte Helped Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Communities Handle Addiction. (S. 524, "Comprehensive Addiction And Recovery Act Of 2015," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 2/12/15)

 

Ayotte Helped Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Victims Of Sexual Assault On College Campuses. (S. 2692, "Campus Accountability And Safety Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 7/30/14; S. 590, "Campus Accountability And Safety Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 2/26/15)

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Breast Cancer Research. (S. 865, "Accelerating The End Of Breast Cancer Act Of 2013," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 5/6/13)

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Help Improve Breast Cancer Detection. (S. 262, "Breast Density And Mammography Reporting Act Of 2014," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 7/17/14)

 

In 2014, Ayotte Worked With Senator Shaheen On A Bill To Assist Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injuries. "New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen say a bill on its way to President Barack Obama will enhance treatment services for veterans living with traumatic brain injuries. The senators introduced legislation that would modify a pilot program created in 2008 to place veterans with these severe injuries in residential living programs. About 200 veterans have participated in the program, including a number of New Hampshire veterans who were treated at Robin Hill Farm, a community-based center in Hillsboro that provides brain injury rehabilitation services." ("Ayotte, Shaheen Support Bill For Injured Veterans, The Associated Press, 12/17/14)

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Better Study And Prevent Sudden Death In Infants. (S. 2746, "Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement And Awareness Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 7/31/14)

 

Ayotte Introduced Bipartisan Legislation To Improve Mental Health Training and Resources In Communities. (S. 153, "Mental Health First Aid Act Of 2013," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 1/24/13; S. 711, "Mental Health First Aid Act Of 2015," Ayotte Sponsored, Introduced 3/11/15)

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Stop Acts Of Mass Violence Before They Happen By Addressing Mental Illness. (S. 993, "Comprehensive Justice And Mental Health Act Of 2015," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 4/16/15)

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Increase Awareness of Mental Health Issues. (S. 689, "Mental Health Awareness And Improvement Act Of 2013," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 4/9/13)

 

Ayotte Voted To Keep Student Loan Interest Rates Low. "Passage of the bill that would set federal student loan interest rates issued after July 1, 2013 to the Treasury Department's 10-year borrowing rate, plus 2.05 percent for subsidized and unsubsidized undergraduate loans, 3.6 percent for graduate loans and 4.6 percent for PLUS loans. The loan rates would be capped at 8.25 percent, 9.5percent and 10.5 percent, respectively. It would require the Government Accountability Office to submit a report to Congress within four months detailing the federal government's cost of administering the student loan program and recommendations to avoid generating additional revenue from the program." (H.R. 1911, Roll Call Vote #185, Bill Passed 81-18, 7/24/13, Ayotte Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted Against An Amendment That Would Allow Companies To Keep Polluting The Air. "Toomey, R-Pa., amendment no. 41 to the Murkowski, R-Alaska, substitute amendment no. 2. The Toomey amendment would exempt power plants that burn coal waste from an EPA rule on general emission limitations issued in August, 2011 or any subsequent rule on the matter."(S. Amdt 41 To S. Amdt 2 To S. 1, Roll Call Vote #9, Amendment Rejected 54-45, 1/21/15, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted To Reject Allowing Exemptions From Mercury And Air Toxin Standards. "Coats, R-Ind., amendment no. 514 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation regarding executive branch decisions to issue presidential exemptions from EPA's hazardous air toxins standards, including mercury..." (S. Amdt 514 To S. Con. Res 8, Roll Call Vote #72, Amendment Rejected 46-53, 3/22/13, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted To Approve New Mercury And Air Toxin Standards. "McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify the EPA rule regarding the establishment of Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for certain utilities." (S. J Res 37, Roll Call Vote #139, Motion To Proceed Rejected 46-53, 6/20/12, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Crossed Party Lines to Vote in Support of the Cross State Air Pollution Rule. "McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify the EPA rule regarding regulation of cross-state air pollution." (S. J Res 27, Roll Call Vote #201, Motion To Proceed Rejected 41-56, 11/10/11, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted To Permanently Reauthorize The Land And Water Conservation Fund. "Burr, R-N.C., amendment no. 92, as modified, that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It would also require that at least 1.5 percent of funds be made available each fiscal year for projects that secure public access to federal land for fishing, hunting and other recreational purposes." (S. Amdt 92, To S. Amdt 2 To S. 1, Roll Call Vote #43, Amendment Rejected 59-39, 1/29/15, Ayotte Voted Yea; CQ Summary Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted To Move Forward On Renewable Energy. "Udall, D-N.M., amendment no. 77 that would establish a national renewable electricity standard. The amendment would set a goal for 25 percent of U.S. electricity generation to come from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, ocean, tidal, geothermal energy, biomass, landfill gas, incremental hydropower or hydrokinetic energy by 2025." (S. Amdt 77 To S. 1, Roll Call Vote #44, Amendment Rejected 45-53, 1/29/15, Ayotte Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted Against Repealing The Forest Legacy Program. "Lee, R-Utah., amendment no. 2313 that would repeal the Forest Service's Forest Legacy Program. The program provides funds in support of state, regional and local efforts to preserve privately-owned forest land and prevent development." (S. Amdt 2313 To S. 3240, Roll Call Vote #147, Amendment Rejected 21-77, 6/20/12, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted To Fund The Restoration Of Natural Resources. "Nelson, D-Fla., amendment no. 1822 that would direct 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to a trust fund for Gulf Coast restoration. It also would authorize $1.4 billion for the Land and Water Conservation Fund over two years." (S. Amdt 1822 To S. 1813, Roll Call Vote #32, Amendment Agreed To 76-22, 3/8/12, Ayotte Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Promote Energy Efficiency. (S.1191, "Better Buildings Act," Ayotte Introduced, 6/19/13; S. 535, "Energy Efficiency Improvement Act Of 2015," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 2/23/15; Provisions of Better Buildings Act included in S. 535  and became Public Law 114-11)

 

Ayotte Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Ensure That Death Benefits For Fallen Service Members Are Not Subject To Federal Taxes. (S. 322, "Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act," Ayotte Sponsored, Introduced 1/29/15, became Public Law 114-14)

 

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