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Would you buy a new, more expensive home with your one-time bonus from work or based on income you can’t reasonably expect to receive? Sure, you might be able to pay the bills for a few months, but what happens when your pipe dream money plan dries up? You’ve dug yourself into a financial hole and you’ll have to make severe cutbacks. That’s just what House and Senate Democrats have done with their state budget proposal this year.
You’ve probably heard that Governor Sununu vetoed the Democrats’ budget. I support him for doing so. In his veto message he said, “New Hampshire families know they have to live within their means and they have every right to expect their government to do the same.” I couldn’t agree more. Democrats have built a budget based on inflated tax revenue expectations, and using one-time revenue to grow government not just now, but perpetually. That’s a recipe for disaster, and will undoubtedly create a budget deficit in the not too distant future.(more…)
By Rep. Mike Harrington
In the recent state legislative session, three bills were passed that if they become law, will restrict the Second Amendment rights of New Hampshire residents.
House Bill 109 would impose universal background checks on the sale of firearms. Under present law, all commercial sales of firearms (ones done through a licensed dealer) require a background check. HB 109 would extend this to include any “transfer of ownership of a firearm, including but not limited to, a sale, exchange, or gift.” What does transfer of ownership mean? There are no titles for firearms like there is for cars so what determines ownership? What if I loan someone a firearm? I still own the firearm but does this require a background check by a licensed dealer? What if I rent someone a firearm?(more…)
CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following Governor Sununu’s vetoes of HB105, and HB106, which repeal common sense election laws that were recently enacted.
“The mantra from Democrats is that they want clean and fair elections, but their legislation suggests they only want to remove reasonable provisions from our laws that provide for cleaner and fairer elections,” said Hinch. “HB106 seeks to repeal common sense legislation that the State just enacted in 2018. Within the last year, the NH Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion on HB1264 stating there is nothing unconstitutional about requiring individuals to make a choice as to where they are residents.”
“Similarly, HB105 seeks to repeal much of what the State passed in SB3. In a state where numerous elections have been decided by just a handful of votes, it is important to make sure that every ballot cast by an eligible voter is counted, and the domicile loophole is closed.”
“HB1264 and SB3 did not make us any different from our neighboring states. I am deeply disappointed that Democrats did not see through the conspiracies, misleading information, and classic fear mongering perpetuated by proponents of these bills. I trust my colleagues will agree that any person who casts a ballot in our state are subjected to the same rules. I applaud the Governor’s veto of these bills, and we look forward to holding up his vetoes when they come back to the House for a vote. ”
HB105 relative to domicile residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter verification letters attempts to reverse provisions in law made be SB3 (2017), and HB 106, relative to the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency”, seeks to reverse changes in law made by HB1264 (2018).
CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement after a federal court district judge blocked New Hampshire’s bipartisan work requirement:
“Not too long ago, New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion work requirement was the proud accomplishment of a bipartisan agreement with plenty of reasonable exemptions. Since that time Democrats and their allies in the legal community have been waging a legislative and litigation war on the policy. Republicans continue to believe that providing incentives for beneficiaries is a common sense policy that helps them get to a place where they no longer need assistance. It’s unfortunate that the federal judicial branch continues to meddle in state policy affairs based on activist lawsuits.”