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Wednesday
Mar182015

NHDP - Bill O’Brien Budget Part 2: “Who Will Plow Our Roads?” 

 

 

 

 

House GOP Also Puts Medicaid Expansion “On The Chopping Block,” Repealing Health Coverage for Over 36,000 Granite Staters and Counting
 

Concord, N.H. – Bill O’Brien’s devastating budget cuts are continuing in Concord, as House Republicans work to slash funding for the Department of Transportation and repeal health coverage from over 36,000 Granite Staters and counting.
 
“In the absence of a sensible budget plan, House Republicans are simply proposing to recycle Bill O’Brien’s devastating budget that hurt New Hampshire’s families, businesses and economy,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “These are real people’s lives we’re talking about, yet House Republicans are determined to repeal health coverage from 36,000 Granite Staters and leave our roads unplowed out of pure politics.”
 
See below for a coverage recap of House Republicans’ “plan” to slash funding for DOT, resulting in less plowing, fewer bridge inspections, and a halt to the expansion of I-93:
 
The Associated Press reported that Deputy Transportation Commissioner Patrick McKenna told the House Finance Committee, "Passing this bill is not passing a budget — it's passing the buck."
 
Adding that McKenna explained, “the cut would mean 50 to 70 percent reductions in engineering functions, halting progress on the Interstate 93 expansion and allowing for fewer bridge inspections. It would mean a 9 percent reduction for winter maintenance, forcing the closure of 16 highway maintenance facilities across the state. In total, 321 employees — out of a workforce of around 1,650 — would lose their jobs, and 84 vacant jobs would be eliminated, he said. Cutting state money could also jeopardize federal funds.”
 
The Concord Monitor also quoted Gary Stevens, a DOT worker who said, “Who will plow our roads in the winter? Do you want your wife, children, grandchildren… friends or constituents to drive on unsafe roads or bridges?”
 
WMUR also covered House Republicans’ so-called “plan” that would result in over 300 layoffs at DOT and make New Hampshire’s roads less safe.
 
See below for a coverage recap of House Republicans’ “plan” to repeal health coverage from over 36,000 Granite Staters and counting:
 
WMUR reported, “Medicaid expansion is on the chopping block,” adding that Democrats are also “decrying a number of proposed reductions in the HHS budget: Meals on Wheels, the Sununu Youth Services Center and homeless shelters.”
 
The Concord Monitor reported that enrollment through Medicaid expansion “ has surpassed the state’s expectations for the first year of the program.”
 
Adding that “While criticized by some lawmakers at the State House, the program has earned praise from the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Hospital Association. A recent report from the hospital association found that the state’s hospitals saw a 17 percent reduction in uninsured patients’ visits to emergency rooms between 2013 and 2014, as well as a 15 percent reduction in the number of uninsured inpatient admissions.”
Friday
Mar132015

NH Sen Forrester hails restoration of nursing home funding 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

 

SB 8 blocks $7 million Hassan raid on nursing home, home health care

 

Concord, NH – Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) issued the following statement on the Senate’s 16-8 vote to pass SB 8, which would block Governor Maggie Hassan’s proposed raid of $7 million from nursing home and home health care reimbursement:

 

“The state budget that the Senate passed unanimously and the Governor signed into law specifically protected these nursing home and home health care funds from being cut to pay for other spending. The Governor has chosen to ignore that part of the law, and this bill would restore the intent of the budget we all agreed to,” Forrester said.

 

The Legislative Fiscal Committee asked the Attorney General’s Office how the Governor was able to transfer money from the nursing homes despite a provision in the budget preventing such a transfer. Since the money that Hassan wants to take is matched by the federal government, her raid would actually end up costing nursing homes and home health care providers $14 million.

 

“When we passed our budget two years ago, we made a promise to reimburse nursing homes and home health providers for the services they provide to Medicaid patients,” Forrester concluded. “This bill would make sure we keep that promise.”

Wednesday
Mar042015

NH Sen Boutin touts strong February revenue report 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

(CONCORD) Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair David Boutin (R-Hooksett) issued the following statement on the February Revenue Report, which showed state revenues exceeded projections by $4.7 million dollars. 

“Strong revenues from February are a good sign. With just four months left in this fiscal year, revenues are $34.5 million ahead of plan., and business taxes receipts have shown considerable improvement over the last three months. We will continue to monitor revenues closely in March, which is the largest month of the year for state revenues.”

Saturday
Feb282015

NRSC - Happy Birthday Governor Hassan 

 

WASHINGTON – With Governor Maggie Hassan eyeing a Senate bid, the NRSC is sending the Governor her very own Keno card that won’t balance her proposed budget, but does wish her the best on her special day.

 

 

 

“We know how much Governor Hassan likes Keno and while it’s not the way to fund her budget, we do hope she picks some lucky numbers on her birthday,” said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox.

BACKGROUND …

Senate Candidate Maggie Hassan Proposed A Budget That Is Bankrolled By Keno

THE CONCORD MONITOR: “It’s not a casino, it’s keno. In the electronic gambling game, players pick from among dozens of numbers and win money if the computer randomly selects their choices. If keno came to New Hampshire, it would draw $26 million in state revenue over the next two years, according to the budget plan Gov. Maggie Hassan presented to lawmakers last week. While Hassan voiced support for keno, she didn’t so much as mention the word casino in her budget address. (Governor’s budget plan avoids casino gambling in favor of keno, The Concord Monitor, 02/14/15)

NH1: “[Hassan] did include expanded gambling by asking lawmakers to legalize betting on Keno in bars and restaurants.” (Gov. Hassan proposes $11.4 billion budget with cigarette tax, Keno, motor vehicle fee hikes, NH1, 02/12/15)

Friday
Feb272015

NHDP - Fact Check: Karl Rove’s Dark Money Group Twists the Facts About Governor Hassan’s Fiscally Responsible Budget

 

 

 

 

Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Tries to Push Its Out-of-State, Anti-Middle Class Agenda in New Hampshire

Concord, N.H. – Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, a dark money group that was created to shield the identity of its donors, is out with a new radio ad twisting the facts about Governor Hassan’s fiscally responsible budget proposal. 

“New Hampshire voters don’t look kindly on out-of-states like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers who think they can buy their power here,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Karl Rove’s radical agenda puts his special interest donors first while making middle class families and small businesses pay the price. Karl Roves' backward anti-middle class policies aren’t welcome in the Granite State.”

See below for a complete fact check of Karl Rove’s false ad:

Crossroads: “When money’s tight, families in New Hampshire set priorities and make tough decisions. And that’s what we expect from our leaders too.”

Fact: Governor Hassan’s budget makes the difficult, fiscally responsible decisions needed to balance the budget – without an income or sales tax – while investing in the priorities necessary to seize our full economic potential. The Governor’s fiscally responsible budget cut total agency budget requests by more than $1 billion and general funds requests by more than $523 million, and budgets many state agencies at or below FY 2015 levels.

Crossroads: “Governor Hassan’s priorities. The Union Leader called her budget quote a disappointment, saying the governor quote made her priorities clear: more spending, higher taxes, more state employees and no real innovation.”

Fact: The Governor’s budget keeps total spending increases to 6.4 percent over two years – far below historic averages – and allows New Hampshire to continue to make progress on key priorities. Adjusted for inflation, the 2016 general and education trust fund budget is at least $250 million less than the state spent in 2004.

The budget also draws on recommendations of the Governor’s Innovation Commission including increasing flexibility for state managers, expanding the state’s efforts to centralize key services, consolidating some function areas, and hiring a Chief Operating Officer – like at least five Republican governors have done – who will focus on driving efficiency.

Crossroads: “The Union Leader reports that Hassan’s budget includes quote sizable increases in business taxes, that could cost New Hampshire jobs.”

Fact: What the Governor’s budget actually does is increases a business tax exemption and makes sure that all families and businesses are playing by the same rules – rules that simply say they have a reasonable basis for claiming the tax deduction. The same rules existed until two years ago and exist for every other tax deduction across the nation.

Crossroads: “And Governor Hassan wants to raise a tax that hits lower income people especially hard.”

Fact: Cigarette taxes have proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent youth smoking. The Governor’s budget proposes raising the cigarette tax by 21 cents, which would still keep New Hampshire’s cigarette tax below our surrounding states.

Crossroads: “She even bets on increased state revenue from Keno to finance more spending. Gov. Hassan's budget is a risky gamble and the wrong set of priorities for New Hampshire families and businesses.”

Fact: Six of the ten most lucrative Keno locations in Massachusetts are located within five miles of the New Hampshire border. Allowing Keno and self-service lottery terminals machines would help bring that revenue back to New Hampshire to invest in our priorities. 

The revenue changes included in the Governor’s budget will not diminish New Hampshire’s standing as having one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation.

Crossroads: “Go to www.crossroadsgps.org/nh and tell your state legislators reject Gov. Hassan's tax and spend budget because it doesn't reflect New Hampshire values.”

Fact: Karl Rove and his out-of-state, dark money donors should stop trying to lecture Granite Staters on the meaning of “New Hampshire values.”