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Tuesday
Jun232015

ALG - 3 reasons for the Senate to change its mind on trade authority 

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June 22, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate to reconsider its support of granting trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

"Americans for Limited Government strongly urges the Senate to vote against the cloture motion on legislation that would provide President Obama fast track trade authority.  Three things have occurred since the Senate last voted on fast track which should cause any thinking Senator to change from a yes to no vote. 

"First there is a great deal information that has come out about the Trans-Pacific Partnership that makes it clear that this agreement needs full and thorough Senate scrutiny.  The TPP is a living agreement subject to change after ratification, additional partners can be added to the TPP without Senate approval, and the TPP sets up a governing structure much like the Common Market — the predecessor to the European Union.  It would be extremely unwise to allow an agreement with such massive national implications to be fast tracked.

"Second, the upcoming Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) that will be fast tracked has explicit immigration language that has been leaked through Wikileaks.  Under fast track, Congress cannot amend any agreement and once fast tracked, no submitted agreement has ever been defeated.  A vote for fast track is a vote for the immigration language in TISA.

"Third, formerly supportive conservative leaders like Senator Jim DeMint, of the Heritage Foundation, have become convinced that the agreements are "Free Trade in Name Only" and have come out against fast track in the past few weeks.

"Just last week, the Australian Finance Minister reports is one week of negotiation away from completion. The illusion that the negotiating objectives contained in fast track language somehow bind Obama when he's already pretty much done negotiating can no longer be sustained.

"With the concerns over the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, there simply is no reason not to tell President Obama to sign and submit it under constitutional rules for treaty ratification, before the Senate grants fast track, and then only by the requisite two-thirds majority."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/3-reasons-for-the-senate-to-change-its-mind-on-trade-authority/

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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.

Friday
Jun192015

NHDP - Governor Hassan to Veto Fiscally Irresponsible and Unbalanced GOP Budget 

ICYMI: Republicans Put Corporate Special Interests Ahead of NH, Governor Hassan to Veto Fiscally Irresponsible and Unbalanced GOP Budget


Concord, N.H. – As State House Republicans continue to shamelessly put corporate special interests ahead of New Hampshire’s families and small businesses, Governor Hassan announced last night that she would veto Republicans’ fiscally irresponsible and unbalanced budget.
 
See coverage roundup below:
 
Union Leader: Governor threatens veto of state budget
 
Calling the current state budget proposal hashed out by House and Senate negotiators “fiscally irresponsible,” Gov. Maggie Hassan said in a statement released Wednesday night that she would veto it if it came across her desk "as it is."
 
“Because this budget is unbalanced, dishonest about what it funds, and includes unpaid-for business tax cuts that create a more than $90 million budget hole at the expense of critical economic priorities, I will veto it if it comes to my desk as it is," Hassan said in a statement posted on her Facebook page at 9 p.m. 
 
… House members agreed to a Senate proposal to use $49 million instead of $34 million from the current budget surplus for the general fund.
 
The increase of $15 million over what the House initially proposed is more than enough to cover the $12 million state employee pay raises, but the nine-member conference committee voted nonetheless not to include the pay raise in the budget.
 
… During a break in the negotiations between House and Senate budget writers, Hassan spoke to the tax cuts outside the meeting room, saying she was not necessarily opposed to cutting business taxes, but wants to see how they will be paid for.
 
“I am concerned as I am meeting with House and Senate conferees that the majority party in both chambers is continuing to talk about business tax cuts that they don’t pay for at the expense of critical priorities that we all agree we need to fund,” she said. [Full story]
 
NHPR: Gov. Hassan Threatens To Veto Budget If It Doesn't Change
 
After multiple days of long hours at the State House, lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on the two-year state budget.
 
A spending plan, which Governor Maggie Hassan says is “fiscally irresponsible and unbalanced,” and urges budget writers to go back to the drawing board or she will veto it.
 
… The plan also includes the Senate’s business tax cuts, which will result in an estimated $90 million revenue loss over the next biennium. This is a major sticking point for the governor, who says this budget does not account for such a hefty revenue loss.
 
"I'm not philosophically opposed to tax cuts but if we are going to make tax cuts for businesses we need to find a way to pay for those taxcuts, and we cannot sacrifice the funding of priorities that are so critical to our people and our businesses and our economy," Hassan said Wednesday after meeting with Democrats at the State House. [Full story]
 
AP: Hassan threatens to veto Republican-crafted state budget
 
Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan threatened Wednesday night to veto the tentative spending plan crafted by a Republican-led team of House and Senate negotiators.
 
The budget, set to be finalized by the negotiating team Thursday, cuts the rate of the state’s two major business taxes and does not include money to continue Medicaid expansion beyond 2016 or give already negotiated pay raises to state employees. Hassan listed all three as reasons for a veto.
 
“I urge the legislature to return to work immediately, prepare a continuing resolution that will fund state government in the short-term, and negotiate in good faith to develop a bipartisan budget that is fiscally responsible and that supports the priorities needed to keep New Hampshire’s economy moving forward,” Hassan said in a statement.
 
… House members also agreed to Senate efforts to put $6.7 million into the state’s alcohol abuse prevention fund. That number falls short of substance abuse money included in Hassan’s budget, and Democrats say the state should be doing more to combat the state’s growing opioid and heroin problem.
 
… Hassan, in her statement, said the budget doesn’t do enough to fund higher education and public safety. [Full story]
 
Concord Monitor: Budget negotiators deny pay raise to state workers
 
… “The Legislature’s failure to include the funding for this contract, as well as many other items that directly assist our citizens in their budget is irresponsible, unconscionable, and immoral,” said SEA spokeswoman Beth D’Ovidio in a statement.
 
… An attempt by committee Democrats to restore the funding Wednesdayfailed.
 
… Hassan and representatives of the state employee negotiating team announced the tentative contract agreement in February. In addition to the pay raise, the deal includes a small increase in employee dental contributions and a change to layoff procedures. [Full story]
 
Concord Monitor: N.H. budget talks do little to allay concerns over swelling prison overtime costs
 
… “We know this is going to be a challenge over the next two years and we will continue to try to hire, recruiting and going to job fairs,” said spokesman Jeff Lyons. “But this is something that takes time. We will have to continue to find ways to utilize funds.”
 
The department has been covering excess overtime costs mainly with cash from vacant funded positions, Lyons said. Its $8.6 million overtime projection is more than twice the $3.4 million budgeted by lawmakers for this fiscal year.
 
The current $7.4 million figure is $2.5 million less than what the governor proposed but $4 million more than the House’s allowance.
 
The costs have been felt in more ways than one. Corrections officers routinely work 16-hour days. Though they make more, some have said the pay is not worth the exhaustion.
 
“That doesn’t leave much time for a life,” Patrick Bettens told the Monitor in 2013. [Full story]
 

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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 

NRSC

 

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 

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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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