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Republican Review Volume 2 Issue 3

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

Republican Review Volume 2 Issue 3

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House Continuing Education (Rescheduled)

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in News & Updates | 0 comments

DATE: Monday February 2, 2015

TOPIC: Tools Every Legislator Needs – Open to all Legislators

Parliamentary Procedure; Parliamentary Inquiries; Decorum and Debate; Constituent Services; Working with the Media; Getting Bills Passed

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

PLACE: Representatives Hall

COORDINATORS: Representatives Dick Hinch & Steve Shurtleff

*Lunch will be provided.

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Republican Review Volume 2 Issue 2

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

Republican Review Volume 2 Issue 2

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Republican Review Vol 2 Issue 1

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

Republican Review Volume 2 – Issue 1
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Flanagan: A Legislative Agenda Republicans Can Be Proud Of

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Featured, House Editorials | 0 comments

Every two years,  the people of New Hampshire turns their attention to the new legislature and its majority party.  What policy initiatives and campaign promises will likely  be carried forward as part of the legislative agenda of that majority party?

Many of us campaigned on the simple, overarching goal of making New Hampshire an even better place to live, work, raise a family, and do business. But achieving  this goal requires careful work in a multitude of complex policy areas.

In December, the House Republican Caucus gathered for the purpose of discussing problems facing NH and to set goals on how to best address these problems through good legislation.. This collaborative discussion allowed the caucus members to voice their thoughts, suggestions, and proposals based on the concerns they’ve heard from their constituents.

Through this discussion, the Republican Caucus developed an agenda  that covers several distinct policy areas, carefully prioritized in order to develop common sense  legislation that will address each of these areas.

The Republican Majority intends to produce and support a fiscally responsible, balanced state budget without new taxes or fees. It will be a budget  based on realistic revenue estimates, without any bonding or accounting gimmicks, and will not downshift costs to property taxpayers or raid dedicated funds.

We are committed to improving our state’s business climate by reducing and reforming our business taxes, which remain among the highest in the nation, and reducing burdensome regulations. We will promote policies to retain existing businesses and help them grow, as well as attract new businesses, thus helping our private sector create new and better paying jobs.

We will work to find efficiencies throughout state government that will save taxpayer dollars, while working to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse. We will fight to increase accountability and transparency of all state agencies, programs, and departments to ensure they are good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

We are committed to reducing our public employee pension system’s $4.6 billion unfunded liability and reform the system in a way that protects current retirees, taxpayers, and ensures we have  a solvent retirement system for future generations.

New Hampshire’s Rainy Day fund has a balance of just $9.3 million, which is not enough to run our state government for more than 2 days. House Republicans will continue to identify ways to increase the fund balance, which, in turn,  will bolster our State’s financial security and credit rating.

We will work to increase local control of education curriculum and testing, and promote policies that increase parental involvement in their children’s education. We will also continue to support policies that promote school choice and maintain funding for charter schools.

We are committed to controlling the cost of higher education by working with our university and community college system to ensure that  taxpayer dollars are applied in a manner that directly affects the quality and affordability of education for in-state students. A well educated workforce will help attract new industry and help New Hampshire retain its college graduates and young professionals.

New Hampshire’s high energy costs hurt family budgets, increase the costs of goods and services, and impede economic growth.  We intend to support legislation that eliminates unnecessary mandates that increase the cost of energy production, and work with local communities and utilities to find the best way to increase the supply and delivery of low cost energy options.

House Republicans are also proud to fight for preserving and increasing personal rights and liberties, and reducing government overreach. We will ensure that the 2nd amendment rights of our citizens are not infringed upon, we  will strive to preserve and protect the integrity of our elections and increase privacy protections for all citizens.

We are committed to supporting health care policies rooted in free market principles that will increase freedom in health care decisions and lower insurance premiums for individuals and businesses.  We will take steps to end our involvement in Obamacare Medicaid Expansion and continue to find ways to enable the best health care access possible without unnecessary or unfunded state and federal mandates.

We believe this agenda accurately reflects many of the positions that Republicans campaigned on throughout 2014.   We have listened to our constituents and they have expressed what they believe should be our priorities over the next two years.   We look forward continued input from the people who sent us to the State House  as we work to apply common sense, fiscally responsible solutions to our State’s evolving needs.

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Republican Review Issue #46

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Republican Review Issue #45

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Republican Review Issue #44

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Republican Review Issue #43

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Republican Review Issue #42

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Republican Review Issue #41

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Republican Review Issue #40

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Republican Review Issue #39

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Republican Review Issue #38

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Republican Review Issue #37

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Chandler: Rebuilding New Hampshire’s Rainy Day Fund Should be a Priority

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in House Editorials | 0 comments

by House Republican Leader Rep. Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

New Hampshire’s Rainy Day Fund – sometimes called the Revenue Stabilization Account  – was drained of $80 million by the Democrat controlled legislature to maintain or increase spending levels, rather than making spending cuts, during the recent recession.

Under the 2012-2013 Republican budget, New Hampshire was left with a surplus. While most of the money in the surplus was used to help fund the 2014-2015 budget, there is about $15 million left over. The debate in the legislature this year has been whether or not we should spend some of it, or save all of it.

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Republican Review Issue #36

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

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Republican Review Issue #35

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Republican Review Newsletter | 0 comments

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How New Hampshire’s Paltry Rainy Day Fund Stacks Up

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in News & Updates | 0 comments

Rainy Day Fund Comparison

New Hampshire’s Rainy Day Fund – sometimes called the Revenue Stabilization Account and in other states may be called the Budget Reserve Account – was tapped by previous legislatures under Democrat control to maintain or increase spending levels in the down economy.

Under the 2012-2013 Republican budget, New Hampshire was left with a surplus. While most of the money in the surplus was used to help fund the 2014-2015 budget, there is about $15 million left over.

What should we do with the money? Republicans in the House and Senate agree that we need to begin rebuilding our Rainy Day Fund. In a presentation to the Senate Finance Committee in January, then State Treasurer Cathy Provencher agreed. She said in order to maintain New Hampshire’s credit rating, we should strive to have a balance equal to 5%-10% of unrestricted general fund revenue.

5% = $70 million, 10% = $140 million. Our current balance of $9.3 million equals just 0.7% of General Fund Unrestricted Revenue.

House Democrats have passed a bill, HB 1411, that spends a large portion of the surplus. They have also passed a bill, HB 1635, that spends some of the projected surplus from the current budget.

We decided to take a quick look to see how New Hampshire stacks up to our New England neighbors when it comes to financial security. As it turns out, New Hampshire ranks last in both overall balance, and when balance is compared to the overall population of the state. Here are the results, given the more recent information we could find.

STATE

RESERVE FUND BALANCE

$ PER CAPITA

Massachusetts

$1.369 Billion

$205

Connecticut

$270 Million

$75

Rhode Island

$176 Million

$168

Maine

$60 Million

$45

Vermont

$62.5 Million

$100

New Hampshire

$9.3 Million

$7

It’s time to bring New Hampshire back from the brink. SB415, a bill that would deposit the entire $15 million surplus into the Rainy Day fund, will be before the House soon. We have the chance to begin to rebuild New Hampshire’s financial security. $15 million may not get us to our goal, but it is a small and important step.

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FAQ’s on the Gas Tax Increase (SB367)

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in News & Updates | 0 comments

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Whether or not you support the concept of a gas tax increase, we thought it would be helpful to clarify some of the misconceptions about SB367. With all due respect to the bill and its supporters, before jumping into one of the largest tax increases in recent history, we need to take a hard look at the intricacies of this bill and the system by which the revenue would be used.

We hope you find these points informative.

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