CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued
a statement on House Democrats’ efforts to fast-track select Senate bills when
the House still has over 400 House bills to process before the official
crossover date of April 4th.
“First, they tried to slip SB16 in under the radar, so they could
attach an ill-advised amendment to it dealing with authorizing unemployment
benefits to federal employees affected by the recent government shutdown.
Despite written communication from the federal government and repeated public
comments advising against this provision from our own Department of Employment
Security, House Democrats moved forward with a bad idea. They are doing a great
job finding avenues to exploit the shutdown for political gain, and they seem
to be willing to disregard customary processes and common sense as they charge
down this road. Yesterday, their lack of forethought on this issue resulted in
the committee needing to recess the executive session and delay action on this
bill due to the volume of problems uncovered in the amendment. Haste makes
“We’ve now learned that SB1 has been introduced in the House, and
I can’t believe that with all of the other business we have to complete, that
they would want or need to schedule a public hearing and begin work on this
very complex legislation. Sure, it’s a Democrat legislative initiative to
institute this family leave income tax program, but I can’t believe
we’re diverting resources and time to this legislation during such a busy week
dealing with House bills. The House has yet to act on the House version of this
legislation, and they’re already scheduling a public hearing on the Senate
version. I just can’t see the reasoning. Where has process and common sense
Background: SB16 was introduced into the House on January 31st,
the same day it was passed by the Senate. The bill originally dealt with the
date for certain federal systems of data exchange. The amendment, which was distributed to the House Labor committee last week and
discussed at executive session on the bill yesterday, sought to modify
eligibility requirements such that those federal workers who were required to
work without pay could receive state unemployment benefits. If the worker
receives back pay, the worker would be required to pay back the benefits they
received in a “reasonable time,” a parameter which was undefined.
SB1 will have a public hearing on Tuesday, February 22 in the
House Labor committee. HB712, which received an Ought to Pass With Amendment
recommendation by a party line committee vote on Wednesday, February 20, will
be acted on by the full House during the House session of February 27-28, next
According to statistics available from the General Court website
advanced bill search:
166 House bills have received have reports filed and are ready to
be acted on by the full House, some of which will be referred to a second
committee. 291 are still in committee, and have not been reported out by
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Concord, NH – House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack)
issued a statement relative to the vote by the House Science, Technology &
Energy Committee on Tuesday to retain HB735, relative to carbon pricing.
“It’s disturbing to me that Democrats openly said that they want
to do additional work on this $800 million per year tax bill. Whether it’s $100
million or $1 billion, they just can’t see the light, and want to move forward
with this bill in some fashion, it appears. HB735 is a massive redistribution
of wealth, it would dramatically raise energy and fuel prices in New Hampshire,
and have a significant negative impact on our state economy. If Democrats want
to continue this debate into 2020 by retaining this bill, I’m fine with that,
and so were the Republicans on the committee. They can try and hide it but they
can’t run away from it.”
Bill text available here: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?sy=2019&id=815&txtFormat=pdf&v=current
If the plan were enacted, the Department of Environmental Services
estimates revenue as follows:
Tons of CO2
Bills retained by committees will likely be worked on by
committees in the fall, and acted on by the House in January.Testimony provided to the
committee at the time of the public hearing suggested that the proposal would
increase gas prices by 15-20 cents per gallon in year one, and 5-10 cents per
year as the fee increases. In addition, home heating oil prices could rise as
much as $1.22 per gallon. The fee/tax would also apply to other carbon based
fuels including natural gas and propane. The bill seeks to rebate some of the
revenue back to residents on a per capita basis, and some large industrial
entities, but neglects to rebate anything back to small businesses,
municipalities or school districts. If energy costs increased by 30-50%, it
could have a severe impact on property taxes.
Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack)
released the following statement in advance of the public hearings on HB178,
HB186, and HB731-FN all relative to the minimum wage in New Hampshire. These
bills are being heard in the Labor, Industrial Services and Rehabilitation
committee starting at 1:00pm on February 20th.
“At a time when New Hampshire’s economy is humming and we have one
of the lowest unemployment rates in the Nation, why House Democrats are so
eager to increase the cost of doing business in New Hampshire is beyond me,”
Hinch said. “A government mandated wage increase of up to 65% would have a
profound negative impact on New Hampshire’s small and medium sized business
community. It only encourages employers to cut jobs, cut hours, and pass the
increase cost onto the consumer. New Hampshire business owners deserve better.”
“Republicans have spent the last few years focused on creating the
economic conditions for businesses to thrive to ensure everyone has the
opportunity to earn a decent wage. Our small business owners know what it takes
to attract, retain, and reward employees, and government should stop
interfering,” said Hinch. “I hope my Democratic colleagues see the light and
put a stake in these job-killing bills.”
HB178- establishing a minimum wage.
HB186- establishing a state minimum wage and providing for
adjustments to the minimum wage.
HB731-FN- relative to the minimum hourly rate.
Bill Text: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?sy=2019&id=808&txtFormat=pdf&v=current
Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement relative to the approval by the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules of the work requirement in the New Hampshire Granite Advantage Healthcare program.
“We are very pleased that the committee came together on this vote, and that the work requirement will be moving forward towards implementation. This is the type of bipartisan agreement we need on a common sense issue,” Hinch said. “We are seeing too many attempts to unravel good public policy that came about through compromise during the last two years. With all the work and thought that has gone into this process, we need to ensure the work requirement is not watered down or repealed.”
CONCORD, NH – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following Governor Sununu’s budget address on Thursday.
“Governor Sununu is staying true to core Republican principles of low taxes, responsible spending, and reforms that promote efficiencies and improve services,” Hinch said. “He understands that there is a need to keep our economy strong, and provide essential services without new taxes or fees. This is in stark contrast to what we’ve seen from Democrats in the legislature, who seem to be searching for new things to tax, and new money to spend every day. We look forward to reviewing the governor’s proposals in greater detail, but from what I heard today, he’s delivered what he promised during the campaign. We can only hope that House Democrats won’t toss his budget in the wastebasket once it’s introduced. Democrats have been talking about bipartisanship, but I was disappointed to see them remain seated following critical announcements in the governor’s speech.”
Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack)
released the following statement in response to the Labor Committee voting 12-6
to pass HB712-FN, relative to a
family and medical leave insurance program.
“It’s unfortunate that House Democrats are using a de facto income tax to pay for their fatally flawed Paid Family Medical Leave Insurance Program. We’ve seen this story before, New Hampshire Democrats take control of the Legislature and begin to chip away at the New Hampshire Advantage. When will they learn that dog won’t hunt?” said Hinch. “And if imposing this 0.5% income tax in our state wasn’t bad enough, the sad reality is that not even the bill’s sponsors can guarantee that it will keep the program solvent. Why else would they give the Commissioner of DES the ability to increase the income tax and decrease benefits as they see fit?”
“I’ve spent my 10 years in the State House fighting any attempt at enacting a broad based tax in the State of New Hampshire. House Republicans will fight this attempt at pulling the wool over granite staters eyes every step of the way.”