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Friday
Apr102015

NHDP - ICYMI: Governor Hassan Tours State Pushing for Responsible Budget

Pressure Continues to Mount on Senate Republicans to Take Bipartisan Approach

Concord, N.H. – As Governor Hassan tours the state to discuss her fiscally responsible budget proposal with local communities, pressure continues to mount on Senate Republicans to work across party lines to pass a responsible budget, including undoing the renewable energy fund raid and restoring funds for health and human services.

See coverage roundup below:

Eagle Times: “Investing in New Hampshire's future: Gov. Hassan talks state budget and goals at Kiwanis meeting”

Hassan has been touring the state over the course of the last week, discussing the state budget with communities in an effort to spread the word about the current division along party lines in Concord and how it could affect people going forward.

… The focus of Hassan’s budget is to attract young professionals and businesses from out of state to immigrate and improve the state’s economy while also retaining the youths that grow up in the state so that they can continue to live and prosper in New Hampshire, which is facing an increasing average median age.

To do this, Hassan’s budget would focus on improving infrastructure, healthcare, and education while also avoiding sales and income tax, something which she believes attracts young people to the state.

… Hassan had strong words for her Republican counterparts in the House… Their budget includes cuts almost $10 million from the rainy day fund, $50 million from the renewable energy fund and nearly $8 million from Hassan’s proposal for the community college system. It also gives nearly $8 million less per year to the university system, which currently receives $84 million. [Full Article]

Union Leader: Dave Solomon's Power Plays: “House budget, if passed, would kill energy fund"

As the new head of the state’s Renewable Energy Fund, Karen Campton finds herself presiding over a program that could be erased by the state Legislature if House budget writers have their way.

… Kate Epsen, executive director of the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association, called out the House for backing away from a promise to leave dedicated funds alone.

“Raiding the dedicated renewable energy fund will strip ratepayer funds intended for cost-saving and job-creating energy projects, thereby creating a hidden energy tax,” she said. [Full Article]

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript: “Deja Vu All Over Again”

It’s deja vu all over again for parents like Kathy Manfre of Peterborough. Four years ago, Manfre was fighting a for a state budget that would give services to people with developmental disabilities after they left the mandated education system. Now, she explained, pausing as her voice broke, she is once again in the position of having to advocate for a budget that will allow her 24-year-old daughter to continue living on her own, which she can only do with help from a support staff.

“She stands to lose much of her independence and personal growth that we have fought so hard for,” said Manfre, referencing cuts to the Health and Human Services budget that could directly affect home care for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Manfre’s concerns were echoed by other parents of individuals — both children and adults — with developmental disabilities who worried about the impact of the cuts, including Linda Quintanilha of Bennington and Lisa Beaudoin of Temple, who both spoke in favor of maintaining independent living with community involvement for those with developmental disabilities. [Full Article]

 

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Tuesday
Mar312015

AFPNH - Not Again! 

The Governor proposed a budget with a slew of new taxes, including new taxes on drivers, on smokers, as well as those who are trying to quit smoking, and on our state's employers, who already face among the highest taxes in the nation!

All of those taxes were needed to pay for Governor Hassan's plan to grow big government in New Hampshire.

She also used her budget to make ObamaCare Medicaid expansion permanent. There is no end to the level of spending that she'll support!

Thankfully, the New Hampshire House pulled all of Hassan's tax hikes out of the budget. They also called for ending ObamaCare Medicaid expansion according to state law.

While they flirted with a gas and diesel tax hike, they ultimately chose to use fund set aside for more green energy pork projects to pay for the roads instead.

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Now, the House is moving forward with a fiscally responsible budget that protects taxpayers.

Go here to tell your House members to pass this responsible state budget and to give the Governor's tax hikes the boot!

Tell your representatives that New Hampshire taxpayers need a frugal government, not a greater hit in the wallet!

Please take a moment to tell your legislators to pass this House budget, and send a clear message that big government does not work in New Hampshire.

Live Free or Die,

Greg Moore

Friday
Feb132015

NHDP Statement on Governor Hassan’s Budget Address 

Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Governor Maggie Hassan’s budget address.
 
“Today, Governor Hassan presented a fiscally responsible plan that will lay the foundation of a new generation of economic growth, proving once again that Granite Staters are in good hands under the Governor’s strong bipartisan leadership.”
 
“The Governor’s budget will keep New Hampshire’s economy moving in the right direction by holding down the cost of higher education, keeping our roads safe, and maintaining the state’s commitment to our bipartisan health care expansion.” 
 
“While Republicans for years have used budgeting gimmicks to mislead the public about what they are actually funding, Governor Hassan’s budget is balanced honestly and responsibly.”
 
“Instead of resorting to their usual dishonest budget stunts and efforts to mislead voters about the Governor's common-sense problem solving, I call on Republicans in the legislature to return to a serious budget conversation and support this responsible, common-sense budget that will get results for our people, businesses and economy.”

Tuesday
Feb032015

NH US Rep Guinta Statement on President Obama's Budget 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement following President Obama’s budget for FY2016:

 

“The President’s $4 trillion budget is not a serious blueprint to deal with our long range fiscal concerns, and does nothing to rejuvenate our stagnant economy.  Instead of placing trust in you, this budget demands a $2 trillion tax hike bringing more of your hard-earned money into Washington so they can decide how to spend it for you.  You deserve better than a budget that never balances, offers no solutions to address the drivers of our debt and contains no plan for tax reform that would spur our economy.  We need to reverse Washington’s “spend and tax mentality,” balance our budget and promote job creation and higher wages for Granite Staters.”

Friday
Jul252014

NHGOP CALLS ON GOVERNOR HASSAN TO STOP EFFORTS TO EXPAND THE REAL ESTATE TRANSFER TAX 

Concord - Today, New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn called for Governor Maggie Hassan to halt her efforts to expand the Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) to cover leases:

 

"Yet again, Governor Hassan demonstrates that she has no regard for rules. Her attempt to expand the Real Estate Transfer Tax goes around the Legislature. If she wants to increase taxes, she should work with our state elected officials to pass legislation. I applaud Republicans in the state Senate in their rightful quest to stop her from secretly raising taxes without legislative approval. Hassan continues to believe that rules apply to everyone but herself. It's unacceptable, and we must replace her with a Republican who will respect and abide by official process this fall."

 

According to the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration and RETT forms, the tax does not apply to leases of less than 99 years.  Yet, Governor Hassan's administration first asked the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules for the authority to apply the tax to leases, only to withdraw their request and claim that the Governor has the authority to apply the tax to leases. 

 

BACKGROUND

 

NH RSA 78-B authorizes the Real Estate Transfer Tax of $0.75 per $100 of fair market value "imposed upon the sale, granting and transfer of real estate and any interest therein including transfers by operation of law." The tax is paid by both the buyer and the seller, resulting in a total tax rate of 1.5%.

 

Administrative Rule Part Rev 802.01(f) applies RETT on leases of 99 years or longer, but do not authorize RETT on shorter leases. The Hassan Administration has sought a change in Administrative Rules to allow RETT on "ground lease transfers", but delayed its request twice in the face of criticism from the Committee. The Hassan Administration has now withdrawn its request, claiming that "the taxability of ground leases exists currently under New Hampshire law."

 

Administrative Rules Chapter Rev 800- Transfer of Real Property