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Friday
Jul182014

Hemingway For Governor - Governor Hassan "Cooks the Books" to Justify Turkey Trot

State Claimed a 22% Export Increase; report shows increase was .7%

Manchester, NH – A new article in Business NH Magazine has exposed Governor Maggie Hassan and her administration for misrepresenting state export numbers in an effort to boost her irresponsible junket to Turkey last month and boost her leadership statistic. 

“It was an attention-grabbing headline: “NH Export Growth Led Nation in 2013.” That claim was later used by … Gov. Maggie Hassan as proof of the success of the state’s export efforts and to help defend NH’s recent trade mission to Turkey when it came under fire from Hassan’s Republican opponents.”  The Truth Behind NH’s Export Growth, by Erika Cohen, Business NH Magazine.

Governor Hassan and others in her Administration claimed a 22% increase in exports in 2013 over the previous year.  Unfortunately, as the article continues, the report is based on a ridiculous claim.  The number includes the “export” of crude oil. Unfortunately NH neither produces nor refines crude oil so where did the number come from? According to the article:

“That crude oil merely travels on a train through NH from other locations to Canada,”

“Governor Hassan so wanted to travel to Turkey, during a state travel ban she imposed, for reasons we still don’t understand, that her Administration used illusionary math to sell it,” said Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Hemingway.  “This is beyond failed leadership, this is deliberately throwing out false statistics to support her waste of taxpayer funds.  She should be held accountable and she needs to explain why she felt it was OK to cook the statistic books to the very people she is beholden to.”

Tuesday
Jul082014

NH Senate Finance Chair Requests State Spending Update 

Calls for comprehensive report on State’s financial position heading into FY2015

 

Concord, NH – Senate Finance Chairman Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, today formally requested that Fiscal Committee Chairman Mary Jane Wallner schedule a Fiscal Year 2014 state spending update as a part of the next regularly Fiscal Committee meeting.

 

Last week, lawmakers learned that state revenues for the fiscal year exceeded plan by approximately $5.8 million.  Yet while revenues have met the responsible and conservative estimates set by the budget, it remains unclear how the Executive Branch has performed with regards to controlling spending.

 

“As we move into the second year of the biennium, it is imperative to have a comprehensive understanding of our current financial position, especially on the expense side of the budget, in order to determine if any legislative action is necessary to ensure we live within the balanced budget we all voted for,” writes Sen. Forrester in her letter.

 

The Fiscal Committee is scheduled to meet on Friday, July 25 at 10AM.  The full text of Sen. Forrester’s letter to Representative Wallner is available below:

 

 

Dear Representative Wallner:

 

On behalf of the Senate members of the Legislative Fiscal Committee, would you please schedule an update on FY14 state spending as a part of our next regular meeting?

 

As you know, the Fiscal Year 2014/15 budget requires a budget surplus of approximately $26 million in the first year of the biennium in order to be balanced.  To accomplish this, revenues must come in as planned, and state agencies and departments must not spend more than their budget appropriations which includes meeting their lapse and back of the budget reductions required by law.

 

With the June revenue figures in, and the preliminary FY14 figures reported, we now know that actual revenues for the fiscal year have met the responsible and conservative estimates laid out in our budget.  This is an important first piece of the puzzle.

 

Still unknown, however, is how the Executive Branch performed on the spending side of the budget for the year.  The Governor’s recent words of caution, particularly with regards to the Health and Human Services budget, as well as her decision to institute a spending freeze to further restrict state expenses, suggests that the Governor may have experienced difficulty keeping spending under control over the last twelve months. 

 

As we move into the second year of the biennium, it is imperative to have a comprehensive understanding of our current financial position, especially on the expense side of the budget, in order to determine if any legislative action is necessary to ensure we live within the balanced budget we all voted for.

 

Therefore, I would ask that you include on the agenda for our Friday, July 25 Fiscal Committee meeting a “spending update” item to include a presentation from the Governor’s office.

 

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Thursday
May012014

NH GOP - NH REPUBLICANS ARE LEADING WHILE HASSAN AND DEMOCRATS DITHER

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Concord - New Hampshire Republicans are leading the state back towards fiscal responsibility, while Governor Maggie Hassan sits on the sidelines.

 

Senate President Chuck Morse yesterday pressed the need to address the budget implications of the MET Lawsuit before the end of the current Legislative Session, rather than going into the summer without a plan.

 

"Avoiding major disruptions to the state budget is in the state's best interests and in the hospitals' best interest," said Senator Morse in today's Union Leader. "I also believe that responding to the recent court decisions will require changing the MET in the short-term and phasing it out in the long-term."

 

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler made a compelling case to strengthen the state's Rainy Day Fund in a column in the Portsmouth Herald.

 

"It's time to bring New Hampshire back from the brink. SB 415, a bill that would deposit the entire $15 million surplus into the Rainy Day Fund, is currently before the House Finance Committee, and will likely be voted on by the entire House in the coming weeks. We have the chance to begin to rebuild New Hampshire's financial security."

 

While Republicans are leading, Governor Hassan and the Democrat sit on the sidelines, waiting for the GOP to solve the state's financial problems. Hassan has not backed Morse's plan, nor offered her own solution to the MET Lawsuit, and has opposed Republican efforts to strengthen the Rainy Day Fund.

 

Hassan would only say through a spokesman "she looks forward to hearing more about Morse's ideas."

 

"We're pleased that Governor Hassan wants to hear more about Senator Morse's ideas to get New Hampshire out of this mess, but she needs to support Republican plans to rebuild the Rainy Day Fund," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Once again, New Hampshire Republicans are leading, while Maggie Hassan and the Democrats dither on the sidelines."

Sunday
Jan262014

Watchdog.org - Marijuana export could pay off Hawaii’s debt

Thursday
Oct312013

NHDP - The Facts on Medicaid Expansion: Its Good Health Policy, Good Fiscal Policy And Good Economic Policy

Concord – This morning, New Hampshire Tea Party organizations and their legislative allies plan to hold a press conference restating their tired, broken, and misleading talking points for opposing Medicaid Expansion in New Hampshire.  They have consistently ignored evidence from independent non-partisan economists and health policy experts who have reported that Medicaid Expansion would strengthen the economic and heath security of New Hampshire families and small businesses. 
 
The facts are clear; Medicaid Expansion in New Hampshire is good health policy, good economic policy and good fiscal policy.  That is why even some of the most conservative Republican Governors in the country have opted to expand Medicaid.
 
Medicaid Expansion In New Hampshire Is Good Health Policy, Good Economic Policy And Good Fiscal Policy


Lewin Group: Moving forward with Medicaid Expansion would bring $2.5 billion into the economy, create 700 jobs, and save the state $92 million. [Lewin Group, Jan 2013]


Think Tank: Postponing Medicaid Expansion Even By One Year Would Cost An NH Irreplaceable $340 Billion. Economic and heath care policy experts at the NHFPI predict that "If New Hampshire delays, it would lose out for a year - maybe more - on the 100 percent federal match.  In detailed reports assessing the impact of theMedicaid expansion on New Hampshire, the Lewin Group estimated that a one-year delay would reduce the federal funds coming into New Hampshire by $340 million." [NHFPI, 5/28/2013]


STUDY: "Medicaid Virtually Wiped Out Crippling Medical Expenses Among The Poor." "The big news is that Medicaid virtually wiped out crippling medical expenses among the poor: The percentage of people who faced catastrophic out-of-pocket medical expenditures (that is, greater than 30 percent of annual income) declined from 5.5 percent to about 1 percent. In addition, the people on Medicaid were about half as likely to experience other forms of financial strain-like borrowing money or delaying payments on other bills because of medical expenses." [The New Republic, 5/1/2013]


STUDY: "People On Medicaid Ended Up With Significantly Better Mental Health." "The other big finding was that people on Medicaid ended up with significantly better mental health: The rate of depression among Medicaid beneficiaries was 30 percent lower than the rate of depression among people who remained uninsured. That's not just good health policy. That's good fiscal policy, given the enormous costs that mental health problems impose on society-by reducing productivity, increasing the incidence of violence and self-destructive behavior, and so on." [The New Republic,5/1/2013


Accepting Federal Funding for Expanded Medicaid Would Bring NH A "Number of Economic Benefits." The non-partisan New Hampshire fiscal policy institute found, "if New Hampshire takes the federal money, it will enjoy a number of economic benefits as well. It will gain an average of 5,100 new jobs; the state will enjoy a $2.8 billion increase in gross state product; personal income will increase by more than $2 billion, and; household spending on health care will drop by almost $100 million statewide." [NHFPI Testimony, 5/9/2013]


STUDY: Refusing to Expand Medicaid Will Be “More-Costly,” Require States Higher Spending on Uncompensated Care.  A non-partisan study revealed, “State policymakers should be aware that if they do not expand Medicaid, fewer people will have health insurance, and that will trigger higher state and local spending for uncompensated medical care,” Price said. “Choosing to not expand Medicaid may turn out to be the more-costly path for state and local governments.” [The Hill, 6/3/2013]


Study Shows New Hampshire Could Cave $22 Million Over Six Years
“A new study says New Hampshire could save $22 million on health care for inmates over six years if the state expands Medicaid… The state is considering expanding Medicaid, which would mean more inmates eligible for cheaper health care.” [WMUR, 10/30/2013]


 
Conservative Republican Governor’s Support Medicaid Expansion To Improve Health And Economic Security Of Families And Small Businesses


Some of the most conservative Republican Governors in the country are accepting federal funding for Medicaid expansion.  Republican Chris Christie in New Jersey, Republican John Kasich in Ohio, Republican Rick Scott in Florida and other Republicans across the country have all announced they will be accepting the federal funding for expansion. [National Medicaid Map]


GOP Governor Christie: Expansion will save taxpayers money. In announcing plans to accept federal funding for expanded Medicaid Christie said, “accepting these federal resources will provide health insurance to tens of thousands of low-income New Jerseyans, help keep our hospitals financially healthy and actually save money for New Jersey taxpayers.” [Forbes, 2/26/2013]


GOP Governor Brewer is Vetoed Any Legislation That Reached Her Desk Before Expansion. Republican Govnernor Jan Brewer is “so determined to put the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in place in her state that she’s vetoing any legislation that reaches her desk until the Republican Legislature caves.” [Politico, 6/5/2013]