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Republican Review – Volume 2 Issue 8

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

Republican Review Volume 2 Issue 8

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Republican Review – Volume 2 Issue 7

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Featured, Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

RR Vol 2 Issue 7

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House Majority Leader Statement on Introduction of Sales Tax Bill

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Press Releases | 0 comments

downloadCONCORD – House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) offered the following statement in reaction to the introduction of HB 673, a bill sponsored by Rep. Gilman Shattuck (D-Hillsborough), that would impose a 2.25% sales tax in New Hampshire. The bill had a public hearing before the House Ways and Means committee Thursday at 1:00 pm.

House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)

“House Bill 673 would end what we call ‘The New Hampshire Advantage.’ New Hampshire continues to lead by example when it comes to low personal tax burdens. Being the only state in the region without a sales tax enhances our ability to attract visitors, commerce, and economic activity. House Republicans have pledged to stop any effort to establish a broad based tax. This bill would undoubtedly grow government on the backs of consumers and jeopardize our economic recovery.”

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House Republicans Comment on Bill Modifying RGGI Program to Benefit Ratepayer

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Press Releases | 0 comments

downloadCONCORD – House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) and Rep. Michael Vose (R-Epping), member of the House Science, Technology & Energy committee, today offered the following statements on the passage of HB 208, as amended, that would modify New Hampshire’s enrollment in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, such that 100% of revenue would be rebated back to ratepayers. The bill passed by a roll call vote of 201-154.

House Republican Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)

“Many of us pledged during the last campaign to find ways to reduce the overall cost of energy in New Hampshire and we believe HB208 would keep that promise by providing a net benefit to ratepayers. High electricity rates are an impediment to economic growth. Reducing costly mandates, or in this case modifying those mandates to be more cost neutral, is one way we can make New Hampshire more affordable and competitive.”

Rep. Michael Vose (R-Epping), House Science, Technology & Energy committee

“Most people don’t know that RGGI imposes extra costs on power generators who in turn pass that cost along to ratepayers. It’s a hidden tax. HB 208 returns the revenue from that hidden tax back to the people from whom it was taken and provides some measure of relief for families and businesses.”

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House Republicans Comment on Defeat of Democrats’ Single-Payer Health Care Bill

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Press Releases | 0 comments

downloadCONCORD – House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) and House Commerce Committee member Rep. Joe Hannon (R-Lee) today offered the following statements on the defeat of HB 686, a bill sponsored by House Democrats that would have established a socialized single payer health care system in  New Hampshire. The bill was killed by a majority voice vote.

House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)

“I’d like to thank our Vermont neighbors for bringing to light the crippling costs associated with implementing a single payer health care system. They’ve abandoned their plan for socialized medicine, and today, the New Hampshire House roundly rejected this bill that would have led to skyrocketing taxes and a reduction in the quality of and access to care.”

Rep. Joe Hannon (R-Lee), House Commerce Committee

“Bringing forward legislation of this nature while we are still in the early stages of the Affordable Care Act is a tacit admission that Obamacare is a failed policy.”

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Republican Review Volume 2 Issue 6

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

Republican Review Volume 2 Issue 6

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House Majority Leader Comments on Minimum Wage Bills

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) today offered the following comments relative to the four House Bills dealing with raising the minimum wage in New Hampshire that had a public hearing today before the House Labor Committee.

 

House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)

 

“These proposals have the potential to negatively affect our job climate in New Hampshire and could threaten the viability of many small and medium sized businesses especially in the hospitality industry, which many workers in our state depend on.  For many small employers, a government mandated wage increase of up to 114% is just not affordable, and they may have to reduce their overall number of employees or raise prices to compensate. In an economy that is still in recovery, this is not a viable option.”

“Raising the minimum wage could also reduce or eliminate job opportunities for our young workers who rely on entry level, part time, or seasonal jobs for valuable work experience.”

“The New Hampshire business community is compassionate and more than capable of making reasonable decisions that best suits the needs of their employees and the viability of their businesses. They know what it takes to attract and retain employees.”

“Republicans aren’t against higher wages. We are proponents of creating the economic conditions for businesses to thrive to ensure everyone has the opportunity to find a good paying job. Government mandates do exactly the opposite.”

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Republican Review Volume 2 Issue 5

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

Republican Review  Volume 2 Issue 5 (PDF Download)

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Republican Review Volume 2 Issue 4

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

Republican Review Volume 2 Issue 4

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House Majority Leader Comments on EBT Reform Bill

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – New Hampshire House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) released the following comments relative to HB 219, a bill that adds restrictions to where EBT cards can be used, including tattoo parlors and cigar shops. HB 219 had a public hearing Wednesday before the House Health & Human Services committee.

House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan

“The majority of government assistance recipients use their EBT benefits for necessary living expenses. But as with any government program, we need to ensure that taxpayer dollars are going toward their intended purpose.”

“We already have restrictions in place that prohibit EBT use in liquor stores, gaming facilities and adult-themes stores. Most people would agree that these are acceptable and reasonable prohibitions on where you can use your EBT card. HB 219 seeks to add some additional reasonable restrictions including tattoo parlors and cigar shops. None of the restrictions currently in law or those proposed in HB219 are necessary living expenses.”

“It may be impossible to track how every single dollar of assistance is spent, but it’s fair for the legislature to explore ways to ensure state funds are being used in a responsible manner.”

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