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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.”


NH US Rep Guinta Statement on President Obama's Budget 


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.”



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. 




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



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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement in response to the New Hampshire Democrat Party's latest attempt to distract from Senator Shaheen's failed record on a press conference call this afternoon:


"Democrats are desperate to distract from Senator Jeanne Shaheen's deciding vote for ObamaCare, her disgraceful vote to slash benefits for our military retirees and her decades of failed leadership. Shaheen is a typical Washington politician who has ignored the will of her constituents, blindly taken orders from her party leaders and voted with President Obama over 95% of the time.


"Shaheen has also demonstrated that she is a shameless hypocrite who rails against Wall Street, but has accepted over a million dollars in Wall Street contributions. Shaheen was even willing to neglect her official obligations by intentionally missing an important, mandatory vote so that she could raise campaign cash at a Wall Street fundraiser with lobbyists and special interests.


"Granite Staters are smart enough to see through Senator Shaheen's dishonesty and realize that she is a deceitful, double talking Washington politician who needs to be replaced in 2014."




Jeanne Shaheen Has Taken $1.6 Million From The Finance, Insurance & Real Estate Sector Over The Course Of Her Career. (Center For Responsive Politics,, Accessed 12/19/13)


Shaheen Votes With Obama Over 95% Of The Time:


In 2012, Shaheen Voted With President Obama 99% Of The Time. (Congressional Quarterly,, Accessed 3/21/13)


In 2011, Shaheen Voted With President Obama 98% Of The Time. (Congressional Quarterly,, Accessed 3/21/13)


In 2010, Shaheen Voted With President Obama 100% Of The Time. (Congressional Quarterly,, Accessed 3/21/13)


In 2009, Shaheen Voted With President Obama 95% Of The Time. (Congressional Quarterly,, Accessed 3/21/13)


Testerman For US Senate - Shaheen's Fight or Flight-and-Raise-Taxes-Later Choice

CONCORD, NH - Karen Testerman, Republican candidate for the United States Senate, criticized Jeanne Shaheen for not fighting for veterans in the recent budget proposal, which cuts veterans' benefits. Instead, she wants to use these cuts as a tool to raise taxes.

"Shaheen likes higher taxes, more of our money in the hands of wasteful government," Testerman said. "She apparently thinks we need more conferences in the Bahamas for government employees.

"Instead of raising taxes, Shaheen should find the money to restore veterans' benefits by proposing ways to reduce the waste and abuse of the money we already send to Washington. But that would be hard work."


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