Steven J Connolly

Thursday
Jul052012

Getting The Shoes Shined. 

Congressman Guinta getting a haircut. Wonder if they shine his shoes as well.

It's a hot day and I'm at a Dunkin Dougnuts sipping an iced mocha coolata, it's pronounced: (coool-latta). I'm also dialing the Manchester office of Congressman Frank Guinta I'm trying to find out why he is authoring legislation increasing the bond requirements for truckers, a move that will result in lost jobs and very likely higher food costs for NH consumers.

"This is Congressman Guinta's Office this is Jessica." a voice says.

"Hello" I respond "My name is Steven Connolly and I'm looking for information about some transportation legislation recently filed by the Congressman."

"We do have legislative information on or website." she quickly responds. So I elaborate: "I'm on the website right now, I'm looking for information from your press release about the transportation bill and more specifically the bond requirements for the trucking industry."

"All the transportation legislation is handled in D.C." she says. For some reason I'm sensing some buck passing going on here. There aren't any staffers in New Hampshire that can answer a question about a major piece of legislation and its consequences?

Let's move on.

"Okay I say, I'll call down to Washington," but is there any chance you could at least forward my concerns on: I'm a blogger on NHInsider.com and I'm concerned that if these amendments move forward it will result in the loss of jobs."

"If your a blogger you might want to get in touch with Mark Powell he deals with the media and I'll forward your concerns on to Congressman Guinta." she says.

Good.

Tomorrow I'll call down to Washington. I hope that I'll better luck here than I have contacting my own Member of Congress, Charlie Bass, Dartmouth Class of 1974.

Tuesday
Jul032012

Does Congressman Guinta Even Care About NH? 

 

Authors Legislation Screwing Trucking Industry. Does this politician even care about New Hampshire?Here's an example of how Washington politicians screw people over. 

"The other provision fights fraud in the trucking industry. It increases the amount of a surety bond that truckers are required to pay from the current $10,000 to $75,000. Industry leaders say this fix would go a long way in reducing the small number of people who take advantage of the low bond rate to defraud businesses."-  Source, NH Insider Press Release.

I be willing to bet that the Congressman can't name 10 trucking companies or drivers that "have taken advantage of the low bond rate to defraud businesses."

And who exactly are these industry leaders he cites?

Last fall I became aware that Congressman Guinta was attempting to regulate who I know are the real fraudsters:, carpet baggers, dirt bags that have no compunction about lies and deception to make a buck.

Freight Brokers. And more specifically third party freight brokers.

These are the people that skim off 65% of the total freight bill and often short-change and in some cases not even pay the trucking company the moved the load. This UTUBE video will give you an idea of how this works.

Now if you notice Guinta didn't follow through with his plans instead he authored more fees and costs for trucking companies many of which are already struggling with issues like fuel costs, competition and cheap freight. My prediction is that NH consumers will see an increase in the area of 20-25% on alot or items especially so in perishible foods like fruits and vegtables.

So thank you Congressman Guinta for all your doing in the transportation field. I'm sure your scoring some major political points for yourself down there in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Monday
Jul022012

New Hampshire Loses Out. 

 

It's interesting to see all the talk about revenue estimates and generation in the state of New Hampshire some legislators are so obsessed with all these numbers you'd think the world is going to end if the cigarette sales numbers come in a bit weak.

I have some numbers on my own:

Saturday I went over to the Black Bear Casino in Oxford, Maine. The place was packed with people and I mean packed like forget it if you wanted to play the table games, same thing for video poker even some of the clusters of slot machines. People everywhere!!!!!

Sure the casino is new and this is still a novety but I'm thinking about what I've now seen in the parking lot. Here is a demographic breakdown of the license plates:

Maine: 50%

Mass:  25%

New Hampshire: 17%

Now here's the one that kind of knocked me around:

Vermont: 8%

That's right Vermonters had to cross over an entire state to get to Maine. This capital migration goes right across New Hampshire and into Maine. Massachusetts does the same thing however, I'm confident that the Mass. plates are largely second homeowners in Maine while the Vermont are residents of that state.

New Hampshire loses out.

I'm hoping the Maine Department of Gaming Control puts out the financial information about what is being generated at this new casino in addition to the one already operating in Bangor. I'd be willing to bet that the scenario here is going to be very similar to what is happening in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Taxbase expansion, tax relief for property owners, jobs and regional economic development and no statistical increase in crime.

All this revenue leaves New Hampshire and Vermont and goes over to Maine.

Good job policymakers in Concord. Thanks for making the right choices.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Jun272012

Jobs Or Deception. 

Congressman Frank Guinta. Are there any jobs or is this a clever act of political deception?

"The exploitation of Labor must be applied to the highest possible limits so that the jobs results in the rendered principle."- Oswald Pohl.

I'm going to try and get in contact with Congessman Frank Guinta about his: "Getting Granite Staters Back to Work" jobs iniative sponsored and press released by his office.

How successful has this program been in New Hampshire?  

How many jobs? And where exactly are these jobs?

 

Tuesday
Jun262012

Where's The Bacon Congressman Bass! 

Years of political experience and what exactly is Congressman Bass doing for New Hampshire? What exactly?

This is a recent press release from the Vermont Congressional Delegation showing that their respective offices are doing what they're elected to to do:

Go to Washington, D.C. and bring back the bacon!

In this case long-term economic development and jobs.

"Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch
Tuesday announced that Vermont will receive a $7.9 million grant from the US
Department of Transportation to upgrade the New England Central Railroad
in northern Vermont.
The federal grant will be used to rehabilitate 19 miles of track between
St. Albans and the Canadian border in Alburgh with new rail, ballast and
ties, and to make structural and deck repairs on six bridges. By achieving a
286,000-pound carrying capacity on the entire line in Vermont, this project
will make freight rail more efficient and competitive, creating new
economic opportunities for companies all along the rail line.

These rail improvements also will accelerate efforts by the State of
Vermont and Amtrak to expand passenger rail service along The Vermonter line to
Montreal – creating a seamless connection between major cities like
Washington, Philadelphia, New York, and Montreal and points in between.
Leahy said, “On top of the enhancements we are already making into this
rail line, these additional improvements will make Vermont more competitive
by generating new economic opportunities for businesses and new
transportation options for travelers. This is a wise investment in our future and a
real vote of confidence in the rail line and the Governor’s vision for rail in
Vermont.”
Sanders said, “Not only will this grant create jobs and enhance movement
of freight between Vermont and Canada, but upgrading this segment of track
is another step towards extending Amtrak’s Vermonter passenger rail service
to Montreal. This is exactly the kind of investment in our rail
infrastructure that the federal government should be doing.”