Steven J Connolly

Saturday
Feb162013

More Auditors. Less Money. 

A part of the Gov. Hassan proposed budget for New Hampshire includes the hiring of at least five (5) auditors for the Department of Revenue Administration; the state bureaucracy charged with collecting the money from all aspects of life in New Hampshire and bringing it to Concord.

Somehow in the state of the state speech I missed where this money is going to be collected from, and exactly which area(s) these newly hired auditors will target.

Target is the word here.

Instead of taxation and auditors wouldn’t it be better for New Hampshire to abide by its history and tradition(s) and be a business advance state instead of becoming Vermont.

A starting place on this idea might be the DRED Commissioner nominee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday
Feb152013

Why H.B. 665 and S.B. 152 Should Fail. 

I’ll start this blog out with a question:

What exactly is a "higher end, highly regulated casino?"

Gov. Hassan has stated this several times including her recent state speech. I’ve been to casinos all across the U.S. and Canada and have as yet to discover a higher end, highly regulated casino.

I think rows of slot machines and table games look essentially the same regardless of how nice the pictures are on the wall. And to the regulations over casinos and their operations I’ve studied regulations for newly licensed states like Pennsylvania, Delaware and nearby Maine they all seem basically the same.

Enter politics. New Hampshire politics.

I’ve read both Senate Bill 152; which the media describes as the Salem Casino at the Rockingham Racetrack and House Bill 665: which allows a casino on the “Massachusetts border and another one in the White Mountains.”

Both of these bills should be found inexpedient to legislate. And I’m a proponent of expanded casino gaming in New Hampshire.

If this is done correctly casino gaming could be a powerful tool in economic development and tax stabilization both of which this state needs. But if it’s done incorrectly then this means favoritism, corruption and revenue transfer to interests outside of New Hampshire regardless of what the consultants say.

I think S.B 152 and H.B. 665 accomplish the later.

I’d have to give Rep. Edmond Gionet a lot of credit for introducing this bill (H.B. 665), but I don’t sense he took any real time or analysis to determine what one license would do for northern New Hampshire other than call this a “jobs bill.”

H.B. 665 isn’t a jobs bill. It’s a a divisive bill, it’s a fractionalize the tourism market with favoritism bill and it’s an undefined and unfair bill. An example: how can it be fair to either Bretton Woods, Cannon and Loon Mountain ski areas if only one license is granted say, Bretton Woods. New Hampshire should do what Pennsylvania and Maine (partially) have done. Grant like five licenses two of which are very expensive and can be located anywhere, the rest of the licenses go to improvished areas or areas with high unemployment and bad financial statistics. Period.

Please contact the legislator from your district and ask that they vote NO on Senate Bill 152 and House Bill 665.

Friday
Feb152013

Finding Similarities.

I’m trying hard not to be too critical of Gov. Hassan.

It’s easy to be critical; it’s almost like standing on the sidelines of a football game and playing the role of quarterback: “Id do this differently, and the team would win the game!”

It’s a lot different when you’re down there on the field, making the play and having a 350 pound defensive end named Tyrone Jefferson Jamal staring at you with the idea that a tough sack can break some serious bones and internal organs.

Gov. Hassan is the governor and the quarterback. She is on the field making the calls.

I was in the NH House it’s a lot different when you’re down there on the field and in the corner office in the NH Statehouse.

But this being said, I came across this comrade Stalin video and find some eerie similarities between the Gov. Hassan recent state of the state speech and the 1937 idea that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics could have a Constitution.

Especially the clapping part…

 

Thursday
Feb142013

Teaching The Dawgs To Beg.

So I’m listening to the Gov. Hassan speech on NH NPR.

It starts out well with a vision of the future and the way life could be in the granite state. This is after all a political speech. And then I heard it:

“You can clap now.” At first I’m questioning whether it is her voice and what the context is as applause can be heard in the background.

Then the governor continued on of course there are always priorities especially when it comes to spending at large bloated places like UNH where instate tuition costs more than out of state tuition at UMASS-Lowell. Of course UNH needs the spending! And then she did it again:

“You can clap now.” Now I’m thinking wow! This has to be a first in New Hampshire history and I don’t care if this is the worst political speech known, which it isn’t. I’m surmising the underlying attitude of Gov. Hassan:

They’re all so damn dumb anyway.

I could be wrong. Perhaps telling people when to clap is the new standard place of politics. Had he been elected I’m sure Mitt Romney would have no qualms or compunction about telling people when they should be clapping like a learned behavior from a position of leadership. This would be similar to teaching a dog to beg, or in Romney's case putting the dog in a box on top of the car.

They’re all so damn dumb anyway.

But this is still politics and our citizen $100.00 a year plus mileage legislature still has a vote and I’m hoping they do some learned behaviors on their own.

Like send that self-centered, flawed $80 million dollar casino bill to the ITL toilet bowl and send a message in the report to Gov. Hassan,

“You can frown now.”  

 

Monday
Feb042013

Clausewitz. 

 

This will be my last protestation blog before the Executive Council vote on item #75 on Wednesday.

I'm thinking about making one last phone call to Executive Councilor Ray Burton who has said he "is leaning in favor of voting for this." Some $3.86 million for consultant's fees which leads to over $350 million dollars in new spending which New Hampshire does not have.

But before I make my last argument I was hoping in the realm of politics and the "art of the possible" that Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern being an MBA graduate from Dartmouth might take some time to consider the sheer financial impact of this whole flawed idea and his office then becomes the swing vote and New Hampshire could be (lack of better words) saved for another day.

It isn't to be the case.

Councilor Van Ostern is a cheerleader for this massive spending program I don't believe Lying Lozeau could even better his public relations skills in this area.

Let's move on.

I'm going to try to tell Councilor Burton that Vermont and Maine face the similar situation as does New Hampshire except there're doing it correctly. Building a railroad infastructure around the profitable movement of freight and then advancing passenger rail once this is completed.

Build the freight first and the rest will come.

And here is the interesting point. What Vermont and Maine are doing isn't raking the taxpayers over the coals the way New Hampshire is. Acually it isn't affecting the taxbase at all. These states are working in concert with both the users and potential users of rail and then picking small infastructure improvements: $5-$10 million dollar range and advancing jobs and policy from there.

And it's working.

The New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, Lying Lozeau and Political Peter don't want to do it the way Vermont and Maine are doing it.

They want to do it their way.

Executive Council Item #75.