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NH House Republican Alliance: Statement on SB 308 - More money to HHS 

The House Republican Alliance issued a statement today on the passage of SB 308, a bill that will increase the amount of funding paid to the health services planning and review board.  


"The board already receives $500,000 to operate and keep out competition in health care through the Certificate of Need program.  They are now asking and receiving another $300,000, a 60% increase in their funding because the board does not have the expertise to develop a state plan.  One  must question what the first $500,000 was used for, if not their expertise and now we are lavishing even more money on them?" Stated Rep. Dan McGuire, Epsom." We are potentially facing a $400 million deficit if the MET law is not upheld.  We should be looking for ways to trim our budget and work efficiently, not continually growing spending."


NH House Republican Leader Comments on Bill That Spends Surplus Funds

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following statement relative to House vote on HB1411, a bill that spends rather than saves 2013 budget surplus dollars, and reopens the budget to increase spending at the Department of Health and Human Services. The bill passed by a vote of 185-153. An amendment sponsored by Rep. Chandler and Rep. Kurk proposed depositing all $15.3 million in surplus funds into the Rainy Day fund. The amendment failed by a vote of 157-172.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“We passed a 2 year state budget last year with a bipartisan majority. We cannot begin reopening the budget to increase spending whenever a state agency needs a boost. It’s setting a very dangerous precedent. The state has the equivalent of less than 1% of general fund revenue in its rainy day account. This is unacceptable. Without adequate savings, the state has little or no cushion if revenues fall too short of projections. The State Treasurer has recommended putting the entire $15.3 million of surplus funds in the rainy day fund. It will strengthen our state’s finances and credit, and in our opinion it’s the right thing to do. Ratings agencies such as Moody’s suggest in order to maintain a AA1 rating, a minimum of 5% should be in reserve. That equals about $70 million for New Hampshire. The amendment Republicans offered proposed to put all of the surplus into the Rainy Day Fund, which is the financially responsible place to put it. $15 million is a small but necessary step towards that goal.”

Jan202014 - The Million-dollar bus stop 

Jan012014 - Scariest People of 2013 
’s Scariest People of 2013

Another year, another 365 days of political people behaving badly.

No, we’re not talking Anthony Weiner, Barack Obama or Harry Reid.

And that’s important. As we close out this year, we’ve compiled a list of the 30 worst actors on America’s political stage, but this bunch might include a few names you won’t recognize. At, we specialize in finding waste at every level of government — from your school district to the local arena board, we are there.

Check out the entire series here

Part One: 30 - 25
Part Two: 24 - 20
Part Three: 19 - 15
Part Four: 14 - 9
Part Five: 8 - 5
Part Six: 4 - 2
The scariest person of 2013 is...


AFPNH - Thank You, Senator Ayotte 

Thursday night the House of Representatives passed the Ryan-Murray budget deal and broke their promises to the American people that they would control runaway spending in Washington. Now it's up to the Senate to stop this bloated legislation from becoming law. The Senate is going to vote soon, and they need to hear from you before they do.

Thank Senator Ayotte for going on the record to oppose this bad deal for New Hampshire taxpayers!

This deal dramatically increases spending and violates Congress's previous agreement to get it under control this year. It would allow the federal government to spend over a trillion dollars in FY14-meaning that it will spend $45 billion more next year. The deal also undoes $65 billion in current spending reductions that were already the law of the land in order to increase federal spending for the next two years.

American taxpayers deserve spending cuts now, not promises to cut spending down the road. That's why AFP strongly opposes this Ryan-Murray deal, and we will key vote against this legislation in both chambers and include the vote in our congressional scorecard. We need your help to contact Senator Shaheen and tell her that you oppose this budget - we can't afford another trillion-dollar backdoor deal in New Hampshire.

Remind Senator Shaheen to stand strong and follow Senator Ayotte's example to keep her promise on spending control. Click here to take action.

Live free or die,

Greg Moore
New Hampshire State Director
Americans for Prosperity