CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and Rep. Pat Abrami (R-Stratham) offered the following comments following the hearing on a Senate proposed amendment that would block the Department of Revenue Administration from being able to use tips received by employees in their calculation of Business Enterprise Tax owed by businesses.
House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)
“I’m hopeful that the Department of Revenue Administration would not try to seek new and interesting ways to circumvent the legislative process to reach into the pockets of our small business owners. A clear reading of existing statutes prohibits this type of taxation The livelihoods of many restaurateurs and their employees are at stake. This amendment is good for business and our State’s hospitality industry. I’m happy the Senate is working to address this issue, and we will work to ensure the House concurs with this amendment.”
Rep. Pat Abrami (R-Stratham), House Ways & Means Committee
“Our State’s business community would appreciate transparency and predictability in how taxes are assessed. In this instance, it appears as if the DRA has taken it upon themselves to reinterpret their rules. The State’s hospitality industry employs tens of thousands of people. Without this amendment, each one of these employees is subject to becoming an increased tax burden to their employers. If we’re looking to help our job creators in this recovering economy, we need to step in and prevent the DRA’s new nickel-and-diming scheme.”
Seven years ago, Glenn chose to move here from Connecticut, saying to himself “What better place than New Hampshire to live as a Republican interested in politics?” We couldn’t agree more.
Back in Connecticut, Glenn was involved in town politics and served on the Board of Education and Board of Finance. He brings this experience plus background in the information technology industry with him to the Education committee.
Glenn’s number one concern is the economy, and he is focused on improving the climate for businesses to operate in our state. He is enjoying his work at the State House tremendously, and has found it a great overall learning experience.
Glenn and his wife live in Tuftonborough, and he also serves Moltonborough and Sandwich in the new Carroll County district 4. His kids are all grown up and spread across the country.
After retiring in 2010 from a long career as an engineer, manager and administrator of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Jim decided to give back and get more involved in politics. He’s been a Ward moderator for 20 years, and has served on both Planning and School Boards in Rochester. These experiences make him a helpful and effective contributor in the Election Law committee.
When you meet Jim, you’ll find it hard to believe he’s old enough, but he is in fact a Vietnam Veteran and we thank him for his service to our country.
Jim has been married 42 years and is the father of 4.
CONCORD- A resolution brought forward by Minority Leader Gene Chandler, Majority Leader Stephen Shurtleff and Speaker Terie Norelli called for honoring the victims and heroes of the Boston Marathon Tragedy. House Resolution 9 received unanimous bipartisan support 312-0.
Minority Leader Gene Chandler’s statement on the resolution:
“We felt it was imperative that the New Hampshire House show support, honor and respect for the victims of the terrible events in Boston, including Jeff Bauman, who has personified this human tragedy, helped achieve justice by identifying the suspects, and continues to be a source of inspiration for all of us as he recovers from his injuries.”
“This resolution was offered and passed on behalf of all the citizens of our great State. To all those affected by the attacks, first responders who aided the injured and to the law enforcement community that worked tirelessly to apprehend the suspects: New Hampshire stands with you. Any remarks made to the contrary are not representative of the New Hampshire House or the citizens of the Granite State.”
Speaker Terie Norelli’s statement on the resolution:
“The heroes and victims of the tragic events that occurred at the Boston Marathon, including Jeff Bauman, deserve not just to be honored, but also to be provided with the utmost respect and compassion. Together as a community and a legislature we honor the victims and celebrate the heroes.”
The entire text of the resolution can be found below.
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Knowing he was about to wrap up 6 rewarding years on the School Board, Bob decided to run for State office and try something new.
Bob has worked in the lighting business for 30 years, starting as an electrical engineer and now focusing on sales and management. He balances working full-time while serving in the legislature.
He didn’t have much experience with Children and Family law before he joined that committee, but he’s enjoying the challenge tremendously and increasingly understanding the difficulties many families face in the courts.
Bob is married and has three children, two of which have graduated college. The youngest is finishing his sophomore year at the University of Maine. In his spare time, Bob enjoys skiing, riding motorcycles and playing softball.
Emily decided to run for state office, because she was impressed with what Republicans were able to accomplish last session, and wanted to be a part of that effort. Like most of us, Emily is focused on “making sure government is extremely careful with tax payer money,” and realized the need to get more involved in order to truly make a difference.
Emily been involved in politics for 25 years, was recently Secretary of the Manchester Republican Committee, and now is Membership Director for the NH Liberty Alliance.
Having been in business for 27 years, Emily is very knowledgeable and interested in business issues and finds the Commerce committee a rewarding experience. Emily writes educational software for math and sciences, working on contracts with a number of different companies. Just recently, Emily earned her Master Gardener Certificate.
As a business owner himself, Bruce knows first hand how excessive state regulations and red tape make it hard to expand economically and add jobs. He started his company Hodgdon & Son, Inc. back in 1990 and does site work and excavating for numerous development projects in the area.
Bruce is a native of Northwood, where he and his son operate the company and much of his family lives. Bruce feels very fortunate to have his 2 children and 6 grand children all live nearby.
Since Bruce owns commercial trucks, he finds the Transportation committee a great match for his background and interests. His expertise and involvement has been very helpful in the House Business Caucus.
For his first stint in politics, Bruce is finding the role of Representative very enjoyable and rewarding.