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Friday
Jun192015

NHGOP CALLS ON HASSAN TO RULE OUT SENATE BID TO FOCUS ON BUDGET CRISIS 

Governor's Focus Must Be On Passing Budget

 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Governor Hassan to rule out a campaign for United States Senate in order to focus on her responsibilities as governor to avert a budget crisis:

 

"Governor Hassan has refused to provide any fiscal leadership and work with the Legislature on a responsible budget compromise. Instead, she has focused her attention on plotting her next career move and planning a campaign for the United States Senate. It's time for the governor to end this distraction by immediately ruling out a Senate run and focus on addressing New Hampshire's budget crisis. Passing a budget is a full time responsibility and Granite Staters deserve a governor who will is dedicated to her job instead of her political career."

 

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Friday
Jun192015

NRSC - AP: Hassan Takes Strong Stand Against Business Tax Cuts 

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Good afternoon –

A few weeks ago it was reported that New Hampshire has lost its competitive edge and is quickly becoming one of the worst business tax climates in the country. Additionally, a non-partisan study found that New Hampshire is totally underperforming when it comes to job growth.    

  • NH BUSINESS REVIEW: Study Finds NH Could Do Better When It Comes To Job Growth. “Adding to arguments that New Hampshire’s economy could use some added oomph, a newly released analysis of post-Great Recession job growth in all 50 states puts the Granite State near the bottom of the pack. Stateline, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts, analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics data for each state since the Great Recession and found that while all have added jobs in that time frame, some have been slower to recover. On average, total employment has increased by 8 percent nationwide since the low point of the recession, but 10 states have seen growth at about 5 percent or lower. New Hampshire was 10th from the bottom, with job growth of 5.08 percent since the state’s employment rate …”(Jeff Feingold, Study Finds NH Could Do Better When It Comes To Job Growth, NH Business Review, 05/28/15)
  • The Tax Foundation Reports That New Hampshire’s Corporate Taxes Ranks 48th In The County. “The non-partisan Tax Foundation ranks New Hampshire’s corporate taxes the 48th best in the nation. This uncompetitive position must be improved if New Hampshire is to generate the kind of business activity that can provide the employment, cultural and infrastructure growth everyone says New Hampshire needs.” (Editorial, NH Biz Taxes: Become More Competitive Or Decline, Union Leader, 05/27/15)
  • New Hampshire’s Planet Fitness Might Relocate Because Of Maggie Hassan’s Anti-Business Agenda. “A day after gym franchisor Planet Fitness signaled its plan to go public, the company has threatened to move its corporate headquarters out of New Hampshire if the state doesn’t make changes to its tax code. … ‘We want to stay here,’ Rondeau said. Planet Fitness employs about 200 people at its headquarters in Newington. ‘It would be cheaper to pay the raise to cover an income tax to move across the border,’ he said. ‘It’s that great of a tax. . . . It’s hard for me to recommend staying.’” (Planet Fitness Threatens To Move Headquarters Out Of N.H. If Tax Code Changes Aren’t Made, Concord Monitor, 05/28/15)

Remarkably, Governor Hassan is standing in the way of new ideas to address this problem, and threatening to shut down the government rather than pursuing solutions. 

  • THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Hassan Takes Strong Stand Against Business Tax Cuts.  “Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is taking a strong stand against Republican plans to reduce the state's two major business taxes as she vows to veto the next state budget if it remains unchanged. Hassan's veto threat came as a 9-member team of lawmakers put the finishing touches on a tentative two-year budget deal. Republicans control both chambers, meaning Democrats have held little sway in the negotiations.” (Hassan Takes Strong Stand Against Business Tax Cuts, The Associated Press, 06/18/15)
  • Hassan Opposes Legislation To Keep Businesses Like Planet Fitness In New Hampshire.  "A change in New Hampshire’s business tax code requested by Planet Fitness was approved in a conference of House and Senate negotiators on Wednesday, without a single Democratic vote in its favor. … The fitness franchise company with 1,000 locations nationwide had threatened to take its corporate headquarters and the 150 jobs that go with it out of New Hampshire if the change was not made. State Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, said the change is designed to allow all businesses in New Hampshire to have the same tax options that major corporations currently enjoy, even if the business is organized as a partnership, sole owner or limited liability company...Gov. Hassan may veto the bill..." (Planet Fitness Tax Break Moves Forward, The Union Leader, 06/17/15)  

If Hassan refuses to compromise on something this important for New Hampshire, then how could she be trusted to solve problems in the U.S. Senate?  

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Thursday
Jun182015

NRSC - Gov. Hassan: I Have The Greatest Job In The World 

NRSC

 

WASHINGTON – As national Democrats continue to pressure Governor Hassan to run for Senate, yesterday at the Nashua Chamber Of Commerce Speech she proudly proclaimed that being the Governor of New Hampshire was the greatest job in the world. But she has refused to say whether she will run for re-election or for the United States Senate.  

 

 

 


“If Maggie Hassan is being honest and truly believes that being the Governor of New Hampshire is the greatest job in the world, then why is she eyeing a job in Washington?” asked NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “In the coming days we’ll learn if Hassan truly believes that being New Hampshire’s Governor is the greatest job in the world or if it's just a stepping stone to be Senator.” 

BACKGROUND …

 

GOVERNOR MAGGIE HASSAN: “Well thank you. First of all yeah there are some challenges, but I would also say that this is the greatest job in the world and I’m incredibly privileged to have it.” (Maggie Hassan, Nashua Chamber Of Commerce, 06/16/15)

 

Governor Hassan Has Refused To Tell Voters What Office She Will Run For In 2016. "Hassan has said she’ll share her plans for 2016 when this budget is put to bed." (State Budget Negotiations Pose Political Test for Hassan, New Hampshire Public Radio, 06/14/15)  

 

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Friday
May152015

ALG - Senate proceeds to fast track, GOP majority in 2016 in jeopardy 

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May 14, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the Senate for proceeding to legislation granting President Obama trade promotion authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

"Americans for Limited Government has always believed that giving President Obama fast track trade authority will be decided by the House of Representatives.  The fact that it has taken months for the Senate to begin this debate shows the deep political concerns in the Republican Party on this issue.  This opposition is even more apparent in the House, and as the issue heats up on the presidential campaign trail, five Presidential aspirants have already come out opposed including: Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, Rand Paul, and Mike Huckabee. Additionally, Representative Jeff Duncan's just released opposition to fast track is just one more domino to fall that blocks a pathway to passage in the House.

"In the meantime, without enforceable currency provisions in the trade authority itself, these votes risk Senate Republican seats in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to name just a few, putting the Senate majority in real jeopardy in 2016. Rather than continuing down this politically ruinous course, Republican leaders should promote solutions that unite the Party, instead of those that deepen the divide between the big business wing and the voters Republicans need to win."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/senate-proceeds-to-fast-track-gop-majority-in-2016-in-jeopardy/

 

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Thursday
May142015

ALG - Senate Democrats cave on protecting American workers 

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May 13, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Senate Democrats for abandoning their opposition to granting trade promotion authority to President Barack Obama and ceding their demands for enforceable currency provisions in fast track bill itself:  

 

"Senate Democrats are abandoning American workers concerned that their jobs may be shifted overseas due to unfair trade related to currency manipulation nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Doing a trade bill without monetary policy—the primary mechanism nations use to make their exports cheaper—ensures that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is neither free nor fair. The house of cards gamesmanship that was played yesterday to fool constituencies about the Democrat stance on fast track is exposed by this latest capitulation on currency manipulation.

 

"No one can vote for fast track and claim with a straight face they opposed currency manipulation. It is time for Senate Majority Leader McConnell to end the charade of fast track and return to the politically viable business of the Senate."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/senate-democrats-cave-on-protecting-american-workers/

 

Attachments:

 

"Fast-Track Bill Needs Enforceable Currency Provision," By Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2015 at http://www.wsj.com/articles/fast-track-bill-needs-enforceable-currency-provision-1431470983

 

"Path to Pacific Trade Deal May Open in Senate After All," By Jonathan Weisman, May 13, 2015 at www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/us/path-to-pacific-trade-deal-may-open-in-senate-after-all.html?smid=nytpolitics&_r=0

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.