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.”