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House Republicans Comment on ACA Related State Budget Concerns

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Finance Committee Ranking Republican Neal Kurk (R-Weare) offered the following comments relative to news that enrollment in the State’s traditional Medicaid program has spiked, in part due to the ACA related individual mandates, and that DHHS is facing a $37 million budget shortfall.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“For months prior to Obamacare mandates taking effect, we were warned that an enrollment surge was a likely possibility. Now we’re faced with another potential state budget breaker largely as a result of this unpopular federal law. It’s great that the federal government is picking up 50% of the cost for this pool of new enrollees, but states shouldn’t have been expected to absorb all of this excess in cost all at once. This situation is essentially an unfunded mandate, made possible by a poorly conceived law.”

House Finance Committee Ranking Republican Neal Kurk (R-Weare)

“It’s safe to say that the DHHS estimates for increased enrollment in traditional Medicaid were too low. While it’s never easy to make predictions with 100% certainty, this surge was not unexpected. Health care experts had been warning that, with all of the attention being given to ObamaCare, individuals eligible for traditional Medicaid would “come out of the woodwork” in droves. The experts were right. This is not a temporary problem. New Hampshire taxpayers will have to continue to fund the state’s share of the cost to provide care for many of these new enrollees into the foreseeable future.”

“We can only hope that enrollment estimates for the new, three-year, expanded Medicaid program don’t follow suit. That would be very expensive for taxpayers, as they must pick up 10% of the cost of the program should it be made permanent by the legislature.”

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Republican Review #45

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

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House Republican Leader Reacts to NH Ranking 30th in CNBC’s Top States for Business

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) released the following statement in reaction to CNBC’s recently published ranking of the top states to do business. CNBC ranked New Hampshire 30th in the nation to do business, slipping from 27th in 2013.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“New Hampshire’s strength has always been attracting and retaining business. This should serve as a red flag that the next legislature must work diligently to improve New Hampshire’s business climate in order to ensure the high ranking we enjoyed in previous years. Republicans have fought back as the current majority sought to suspend several business initiatives that were passed by the previous legislature, however the majority continued to over spend and over regulate businesses in New Hampshire causing us to slip from 19th to 27th in 2013 and 27th to 30th in 2014. This is unacceptable.”

“There should be a serious focus on making this state more business friendly. We should be meeting with businesses to see what they need to thrive in New Hampshire, and not pass laws based on what we think they need. We need to compete regionally and nationally in order for businesses to locate, grow and create jobs here in New Hampshire. Our long term economic viability depends on it.”

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Republican Review #44

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

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Republican Review #43

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

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Republican Review #41

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

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Republican Review #40

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

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Republican Review #39

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

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House Republican Leader Statement on House Action on SB415

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following statement relative to the House vote on SB415, a bill that would deposit the remaining surplus funds from FY2013 into the Rainy Day fund. Democrats on the Finance committee proposed the bill be sent to interim study. The committee recommendation passed in committee on party lines, 13-10. The committee recommendation of “Refer for Interim Study” passed the full House by a vote of 151-127.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“What is there to study? In just the last month, we’ve done all of the work an interim study committee could possibly do. Just look at the New Hampshire’s Rainy Day fund balance. It’s just $9.3million, which is not enough to run state government for more than a day and a half. We’ve also seen two major bond rating agencies issue negative credit alerts on the state’s financial outlook citing our low reserve fund balance as a factor in their analysis. What other piece of negative news could we possibly be waiting for?”

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