SESSION NOTICE:

 The next House session will be on Thursday, May 23rd at 10:00 a.m.

CAUCUS NOTICE:

There will be a Republican caucus on Thursday, May 23rd at 9:00 a.m. in Rooms 301-303, LOB. 

Governor Chris Sununu Vetoes Income Tax

Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu vetoed SB-1, which would have established an income tax on New Hampshire families.

“Senate Bill 1 is an income tax that neither I nor the people of New Hampshire will ever support,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “I have proposed a paid family medical leave plan that will work – one that is voluntary, affordable and income tax free. That is the New Hampshire way.”

“I applaud Governor Sununu for standing up for New Hampshire taxpayers and vetoing legislation that would have created an income tax,” said Senate Republican Leader Chuck Morse (R-Salem). “An income tax in New Hampshire will be the end of the New Hampshire advantage and the beginning of reckless taxation policies. It is unacceptable for the government to get in between a business and their employee by mandating which benefits they offer, and I am proud to support Governor Sununu for vetoing this bill.”

“Whether you support the concept of paid family leave or not, SB1 is a poorly constructed bill that sets us up for failure. It is a likely-to-be-insolvent, state-run insurance program funded by a mandated 0.5% tax on wages, costing workers and businesses $168 million per year,” said House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack). “It will cost more than $15m to develop and require over 40 new government employees to administer. 99% of House Republicans voted against this legislation in March, and I will be working hard to guarantee 100% of House Republicans vote to sustain the governor’s veto of this flawed plan. We will have the Governor’s back.”

“While I support the Governor’s voluntary paid family and medical leave plan, the proposed mandatory plan the Governor vetoed had a litany of other problems, possibly the most problematic being the creation of an income tax in New Hampshire,” said Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro). “The fact that an unelected state employee is given the unprecedented power to increase taxes on income makes the bill even worse. I hope that my democratic colleagues will now finally come to the table to negotiate a truly bipartisan voluntary paid family and medical leave plan without an income tax.”

“We thank Governor Sununu for his veto of Senate Bill 1. Among its many issues, the legislation would have levied a new payroll tax on employers in the state. Companies (or potentially individual employees) would have been forced to pay for this benefit, even if they never asked for it or used it. It would be especially burdensome for small businesses. New Hampshire employers know what benefit packages are best for their employees. It’s not the role of government to mandate employers adopt an expensive one-size-fits-all program,” said BIA President Jim Roche.

“NFIB-NH applauds Gov. Sununu for vetoing the bill because it would have been such a burden on small businesses,” said Bruce Berke, state director of NFIB in New Hampshire. “This family leave bill was an all-encompassing mandate, taxing peoples’ incomes even if they would never use this new state benefit. This FMLI proposal put the state at financial risk, cost the employees a benefit they may never use, and impacted employers both financially and administratively.”A copy of the veto message can be found here and a copy of Senate Bill 1 can be found here.

Republican Leader Reacts to Passage of Job-Killing Legislation

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the New Hampshire House vote to pass SB 271-FN-L, relative to requiring prevailing wages on state-funded public works projects.

“Given House Democrats track record on job-killing legislation this year, it’s no surprise that they voted to support this bill. Just recently 6 states across our country have repealed their prevailing wage laws, and for good reason. This bill will needlessly raise the cost of infrastructure projects in our state and make it more difficult for New Hampshire small construction companies to compete with large Massachusetts based companies.” Hinch said.

“New Hampshire’s small business community is perfectly capable of reasonably and fairly compensating their workers, and forcing them to pay wages at a rate calculated out of Washington D.C. is unacceptable. Do House Democrats think they are smarter than New Hampshire’s small businesses.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to April Revenue Report

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement relative to the state revenue report for the month of April, which shows that business tax revenue exceeded estimates by $30 million for the month. Year-to-date business taxes are above plan by almost $180 million.

“Business tax revenues continue to contribute to our prospective state surplus. I think this demonstrates the success of common sense tax rate reductions. The economy is doing great in many parts of our state, and Republicans would like to encourage that to continue and spread. Let’s not screw it up. If we want to keep the fire burning, we shouldn’t be dousing it with anti-business legislation like we’ve seen from the Democrat majority this year.”

House Republicans Disappointed Democrats Break 1-Year Old Promise on Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement on the passage of SB290, relative to the New Hampshire granite advantage health care program. The bill would significantly water down provisions worked out in a bipartisan manner last year relative to the work requirement for enrollees, and set an dangerous position of allowing general funds to be used for the program.


“Just last year, Democrats and Republicans worked together on solutions to improve the granite advantage health care program by including common sense provisions to help enrollees with a common sense work requirement, and protect taxpayers by prohibiting use of general funds. This bill breaks with those two key provisions, and Republicans are extremely disappointed at the reversal on these bipartisan agreements. This bill will result in less incentives for enrollees to participate in our economy in a way that may help them get off the program in the future, and may put state tax payers on the hook for tens of millions in new costs. This is the wrong direction for the program and our state. So much for negotiation in good faith”.

“Just last year, Democrats and Republicans worked together on solutions to improve the granite advantage health care program by including common sense provisions to help enrollees with a common sense work requirement, and protect taxpayers by prohibiting use of general funds. This bill breaks with those two key provisions, and Republicans are extremely disappointed at the reversal on these bipartisan agreements. This bill will result in less incentives for enrollees to participate in our economy in a way that may help them get off the program in the future, and may put state tax payers on the hook for tens of millions in new costs. This is the wrong direction for the program and our state. So much for negotiation in good faith”.

Op-Ed: Chaos & Rushed, Heavy-Handed Policy

By: Rep. Dick Hinch

This past December, Rep. Stephen Shurtleff won the election for House speaker, and I wished my friend the best. He accepted his nomination by saying, “it’s important to put partisanship aside to work for the common good of our people…” I couldn’t agree more. Government works best when parties work together to produce the best policies possible for our state. However, Republicans have been extremely disappointed by how the opposite has occurred. This session has been marred by disorganization, partisanship, and rushed, heavy-handed policy.

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Crossover Report – Democrat Voting Records Key Bills

Each year we provide to you a priority list of votes so you know how Democrats in your district/county voted on key issues. This has traditionally come at the end of each session year, but there are so many votes on bad bills this year, we can publish a list now, at crossover.

2019 Crossover Report – Vote Descriptions, gives you a list of the votes we used in our report, what the motion was, how each party caucus voted, and a description of the issues in the bill.

2019 Crossover Report – Vote Detail, list each member of the Democrat caucus, and how they voted on each of these bills.

2019 Crossover Report – Participation Rate – We’ve included a list of Democrats and their participation rates and missed vote percentage.

If you have any questions about these materials the Republican Office staff is happy to help. There are several other bills we would have liked to include in this report, but there were just so many, we had to narrow the list down. If you are looking for more detailed information on a specific member, let us know.

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House Republican Leader Reacts to Passage of Democrats’ Budget Proposal Despite Bipartisan Opposition

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the passage of HB1 and HB2, bills relating to the state budget. As amended, the budget proposes to increase spending by 13% ($637 million in General and Education Fund spending, and over $1.5 billion in total funds) over the current operating budget, FY2018-2019, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Budget Assistant’s Office.

“This budget spends $9500 for every person in New Hampshire, which Republicans just don’t see as responsible or sustainable,” Rep. Hinch said. “Democrats want to call their plan tax relief, but they are still asking our citizens for more than $400 million in new and increased taxes. That’s contradictory and misleading.” “This budget includes a laundry list of items that Republicans oppose, from an income tax-funded family leave plan, to a new tax on capital gains and higher business taxes, to growing the perpetual operation of government with one-time money. This spending spree is irresponsible and sets us up for failure, deficits, and higher taxes down the road. The governor had a spending plan that met and exceeded the needs of our state without asking for anymore of your tax money, and Democrats decided to completely disregard his guidance on that key principle.”

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