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House Republican Leaders Respond to Release of August State Revenue

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered statements in response to the release of the state’s revenue receipts for the month of August.  Figures released by the Department of Administrative Services show that, for the month, the state took in $9.6 million in more than plan, led by business taxes, which were 34% higher than plan.  For the year, the state is now $5.1 million ahead of revenue estimates.  The report also showed that tobacco sales reversed a 5-year trend of falling and have started to increase, after the state passed a tobacco tax reduction in the recent budget.  For the month, tobacco revenues were $1.8 million higher than the state plan.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“While it’s good news that August revenue figures are ahead of the budget plan, we are coming off July figures that fell short.  This validates the legislature’s decision to use responsible revenue estimates well below those proposed by the Governor and House Democrats.  With a national economy that the struggling, as evidenced by today’s national unemployment figures that show that no new jobs were created last month, we need to take a cautious view of the months to come.  We expect that there will continue to be good months and bad months coming.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Last month, the Democrats screamed that our efforts to make New Hampshire’s cross boarder sales advantage even more competitive by lowering the tobacco tax would lead to the crashing of our tobacco revenue.  I hope they take a moment today to wipe the egg off their faces and realize that our state always benefits by having lower prices and by seizing on opportunities to further capitalize on the willingness of our high tax neighbors to give their citizens an incentive to shop in New Hampshire. While they are openly disdainful of the idea of the New Hampshire Advantage, because they want to turn the Granite State into ‘Massachusetts-North,’ thankfully Republicans know that having lower taxes gives us a huge advantage over our neighbors, and we are now seeing some results of that hard work.”

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SB 88 Sponsor Reacts to Governor’s Attack on Second Amendment

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

Rep. Al Baldasaro today released the following in reaction to the Governor’s statement attacking SB 88, which ensures the right for New Hampshire citizens to defend themselves. Baldasaro is a sponsor of the legislation.

Rep. Al Baldasaro, Chairman State and Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs:

“Gov. Lynch has placed special interests ahead of protecting ourselves and our families. People should have their constitutional right to protect themselves. New Hampshire citizens should not have to run and hide when their lives are being threatened.”

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Deputy Speaker Pam Tucker and Senator Ray White Join to Call on Attorney General to Move forward on Receivership for LGC

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

Taxpayer-funded group admits illegal corporate structure

CONCORD – House Deputy Speaker Pam Tucker and Senator Ray White today joined to call on Attorney General Michael Delaney to move to bring the Local Government Center (LGC) into court-appointed receivership after the taxpayer-funded group admitted that it illegally incorporated itself as Delaware non-profit limited liability companies in 2003.  A report released last month by the Secretary of State’s Bureau of Securities Regulation outlined a number of irregularities and violations of law by the LGC, which handles public employee and retiree health benefits, liability insurance and other services for local communities.  Tucker is the prime sponsor of legislation to review the LGC in the wake of the highly critical state report.

House Deputy Speaker Pam Tucker:

“The admission that LGC was illegally incorporated is one more example why this troubled entity may need more state involvement.  The LGC was created by state law and the legislature through the years should have done a better job of overseeing pooled risk management groups like this.  While we work to do our oversight responsibility and get to the bottom of what’s going on with this group which takes in a tremendous amount of local property tax dollars, the Attorney General should begin the process of moving to put LGC into receivership to ensure that taxpayer funds are protected.”

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House Democratic Leader Signs on to Streamlined Sales Tax Proposal

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

State House Republican Leadership Blasts Former Speaker Norelli for the Anti-Business Move

Concord–Former Speaker of the New Hampshire House Terie Norelli  is the president-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) but she is wasting no time in attempting to further  increase government taxes regulations on New Hampshire employers, much the same way she did while serving as Speaker of the New Hampshire House between 2006 and 1010.

In a letter to the leadership of both the U.S. House and Senate, co-signed by Wyoming House member Rosie Berger and Kansas Senate President Stephen Morris, the Portsmouth Democrat suggested a number of recommendations for consideration for deficit reduction.  Among the proposed moves would be to enact the Main Street Fairness Act, or a streamlined sales tax, which would authorize the collection of state and local sales and use taxes from remote sellers.   If passed, the Act would increase taxes on goods purchased across state lines.

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Mont Vernon Representative Calls for Buckley Resignation

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

The following statement was issued this afternoon by Representative Frank Holden (Hillsborough, District 4) who represents the towns of Mont Vernon, Lyndeborough, New Boston, Temple and Wilton.  It was issued in response to news that the New Hampshire Democratic Party had agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty to the state’s Department of Justice for illegal calls made for the Democratic Party by its Chairman, Ray Buckley, against O’Brien the day before last September’s primary election.  The agreement for the penalty was signed by Democratic National Committee woman, and former Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan.

“I am absolutely appalled that the Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party would engage in such disgusting and illegal behavior to mislead voters in my district. Governor Lynch should immediately condemn the behavior of his party’s chairman, call for his resignation and direct the attorney general to investigate all campaign calls make by the New Hampshire Democratic Party during the 2010 election. Failure to do so undermines the public’s faith in our state’s election laws and would show his support for illegal campaign activities while going against his own Attorney General.”

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House Republican Leaders Respond to Democrats Agreeing to Pay $5,000 Penalty for Illegal Campaign Calls Against House Speaker

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statements in response to the news that the New Hampshire Democratic Party had agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty to the state’s Department of Justice for illegal calls made for the Democratic Party by its Chairman, Ray Buckley, against  Speaker O’Brien the day before last September’s primary election.  The agreement for the penalty was signed by Democratic National Committee woman, and former Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“While it certainly is both odd and hypocritical that the same people who complain so vigorously against illegal campaign calls would engage in that very same behavior, I do appreciate the work of the Attorney General Delaney and his staff to bring this matter to justice.  This fine closes the public investigation phase of this matter, and now I will consult with my attorneys to consider what civil recourse exists to determine just how these illegal calls came to happen and exactly who was responsible for inflicting them on my constituents.  I am committed to getting to the bottom of this and look forward to unearthing the truth behind this flagrant violation of the law.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“The New Hampshire Democrats have been unmistakably exposed as having had a vendetta against Bill O’Brien even before he became speaker.  Clearly, they realized as early as last summer just how much of a threat he would be to their big government, tax-and-spend agenda.  However, they continued their smear campaign and the politics of hate-filled personal destruction by having their chairman admit that they were attacking the speaker’s family in order to savage his reputation.  It’s no surprise that they were so blinded by hatred that they would break the law to continue their crusade against the person who is most responsible for bringing the state back from the brink of the sales and income taxes that the Democrats so desperately want.  Ray Buckley and his political attack dog Kathy Sullivan certainly owe Speaker O’Brien an apology. I also believe it is appropriate that Mr. Buckley resign from his post immediately because of  this admitted violation of state law. This also raises serious questions as to whether there should there be a further investigation into other illegal calls that may have been made against Republicans throughout the state during the last campaign.”

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Law Commemorating 9/11 to Take Effect in 2011

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

Hudson Representatives Guided the Legislation Through the New Hampshire House

Hudson–This September 11 will mark the tenth anniversary of terrorist attacks against the United States that took the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans and forever changed the way we travel.  Thanks to a group of legislators from the Town of  Hudson, the date will forever be remembered here in the State of New Hampshire.  During the last session, Hudson Representative Andy Renzullo, along with co-sponsors Jordan Ulery and  Robert Haefner, sponsored legislation that will  permanently commemorate the date in history.

“During a conversation with then-Selectman Ken Massey during a previous 9/11 ceremony, I learned that Hudson was the only town in New Hampshire remembering September 11th and the people who gave their lives on that day,” recalled  Renzullo.  “I did some research and discovered that New Hampshire had nothing in statute to commemorate September 11.  That’s when I filed the legislation.”

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House Republicans React to Governor’s Gun Confiscation Tour

Posted by on Aug 23, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker Pro Tempore Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett), Deputy House Speaker Pamela Tucker (R-Greenland) and Rep. Jennifer Coffey (R-Andover) today released the following reaction to the Governor’s tour across the state lobbying against a self defense bill (SB 88).

House Speaker Pro Tempore Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“I am of the strong belief that law abiding New Hampshire citizens should have a right to defend themselves anywhere they are legally allowed to be. The Governor’s lobbying tour against crime is especially disingenuous since he championed SB 500 last year, which allowed the release of hundreds of convicted sex offenders and violent criminals onto the streets of New Hampshire. I am a strong admirer of the law enforcement community in this state but I do believe some of them are on the wrong side of this issue. No one should have to make the choice between defense and trying to escape from harm’s way.”

Deputy House Speaker Pamela Tucker (R-Greenland):

“While deadly force should never be used lightly, I do believe New Hampshire citizens have the right to defend themselves when they are threatened.”

Rep. Jennifer Coffey (R-Andover):

“The citizens of New Hampshire deserve the same rights that the Governor, Manchester Police Chief David Mara, and Hampton Police Chief James Sullivan are afforded. Both the police chiefs travel with loaded guns and the Governor with a personal bodyguard. Common sense indicates they would use those tools to protect themselves in the event their lives were threatened. Self-defense is an unalienable right for all people not just high elected officials and law enforcement—Granite Staters’ lives are equally as valuable and precious as the Governor’s. Self a defense is a basic human right.”

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House Majority Whip Responds to Democrats’ Protest of Mileage Cuts

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

House Majority Whip Peter Silva (r-Nashua) today called upon House Democrats to, “Stand with Republican lawmakers who are willing to share the pain with the taxpayers of New Hampshire,” by  agreeing to cut  back on mileage reimbursements during the month of August.

“It is ironic that the self styled ‘party of the people’ is not willing to stand with the people  when  it comes to feeling the pain of budget cuts,” said Silva.   ” I also find it a bit hypocritical when you consider  the fact that these very same Democrats, under the leadership of Terie Norelli,  passed more than 100 taxes and fees on to the citizens of this state, while increasing spending by 25 percent,   but  are unwilling to take a cut in their  own  mileage payments .    While  Democrats  seem oblivious to the fact that their constituents are feeling the pain of budget cuts everyday, all  they can worry about is getting  their precious  mileage checks.   I also find it ironic that many of these same Democrats who are  ‘ outraged ‘ today,  remained silent in 2010 when Speaker Norelli cut in-state travel back by 35 percent during  August.  Where was their  outrage then? It is time for the Democrats to quit whining about their mileage payments and realize that we all need to stand with the people in sharing the pain.”

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House Leaders Reaction to Governor’s Press Conference Lobbying Against SB 88

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt today released the following statement regarding the Governor’s press conference with Manchester Police Chief David Mara, Attorney General Michael Delaney and other law enforcement administrators opposing the right for New Hampshire citizens to defend themselves.

House Speaker William O’Brien:

“Senate bill 88 simply ensures that in New Hampshire, lawful gun owners can defend themselves when they are threatened. This common-sense legislation would make New Hampshire the 32nd state to have a Castle Doctrine or ‘Stand your Ground’ law, and we should have been a leader in this important area of protecting individual rights. We can look at the recent riots in England as evidence of what happens when citizens’ right to own and carry firearms is infringed upon. While mobs of thugs roam the streets invading public shops and private homes, the people of England have no means to protect themselves and their families. Luckily here in America and in New Hampshire we honor the unalienable right to bear arms. Having the right to carry a firearm, but then saying that you can’t use it to defend yourself when your life is in danger is absurd and shows a lack of respect for the safety of Granite Staters. Not only does Senate bill 88 allow our state’s citizens to protect themselves, it also ensures the deterrence of events like the riots in Britain; with the override of the Governor’s veto, something like this simply would never happen in New Hampshire.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt:

“While this is not a novel position for the Manchester Police Chief to be taking—law enforcement bureaucrats traditionally are in favor of disarming the public—the truth of the matter is taking away the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms does nothing to reduce crime. Armed self-defense is the bedrock upon which our freedoms arose and are guaranteed.”

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House Majority Leader Blasts Governor’s Choice of Gas Tax and Toll Supporter to Head the Department of Transportation

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD– House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) and Salem Selectman Stephen Campbell today blasted the decision by Governor Lynch to nominate a supporter of “any and all sources of revenue,” including tolls, as the next Commission of the Department of Transportation.  At last Thursday’s hearing for his nomination, Chris Clement indicated that he would wait for additional revenue – higher taxes, fees or tolls – to complete the expansion of Route I-93.

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“It’s clear that Governor Lynch is committed to increasing the cost toNew Hampshire’s citizens to drive in their own state with his choice for DOT Commissioner.  Mr.Clement has indicated his willingness to “hold hostage” the I-93 expansion project until he can dig more deeply into the pockets of our taxpayers, and that’s an outrage.  The governor has always said he opposed a gas tax increase, so that’s clearly off the table.  The Republican legislature just repealed the massive car registration fee from the Democrats this year, so they have to know that’s a non-starter.  That leaves toll hikes as way to get more funding.  Mr. Clement  needs to receive the same lesson that his predecessor, George Campbell learned when he planned to put a toll on I-93 in Salem – that the communities of Southern New Hampshire will not tolerate a new tollbooth, and that Governor Lynch needs to be clear exactly what his nominee means when he claims to support ‘any and all sources of revenue’ need to be raised.”

Salem Selectman Stephen Campbell

“The idea that the I-93 project would be stopped as a way to leverage more money from taxpayers should offend everyone who uses the highway.  This is clearly the most important infrastructure project in New Hampshire and it is critical to both the residents and businesses of Salem.  There is no way we will stand for a tollbooth in our community, and the notion that the two should be linked is irresponsible.  Governor Lynch should reconsider this nominee and come back with someone who is more committed to meet the transportation needs of the state and not growing a bureaucracy with more taxpayer dollars.”

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House Republican Leaders Respond to July Unemployment Figures

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today responded to the release of July unemployment figures.  According to the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security, the unemployment rate increased from 4.9% to 5.2%.  The job losses fell in the government employment sector, where there were 9,300 fewer employees.  This offset major gains in the private sector, which added 6,100 new workers.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“While it’s certainly disappointing to see that a number of New Hampshire residents have lost their jobs, there is good news in that our private sector is showing robust job growth.  We are now in the middle of a difficult transition as federal, state and local governments move away from unsustainable spending levels.  It’s critical that private employers continue to show the confidence to hire so many workers and can absorb the people moving out of government work.  This will be a challenging time, but the fact that business is responding so positively is good news.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“The post-stimulus hangover is in full effect.  When the federal stimulus money ended on July 1, we knew that there would be a major loss of government jobs, and we are now seeing just that.  As a result, between June and July, this has resulted in 16,000 employees who worked for the government losing their jobs.  However, because there is a positive environment for business, the private sector has added 10,000 jobs in the last two months.  While we’re obviously concerned about the fact that more people are out of work, they should be able to find jobs in the private sector shortly.”

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House Leaders Statements on Ruling Finding ObamaCare Unconstitutional

Posted by on Aug 12, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

House Leaders Statements on Federal Appeals Ruling
Finding ObamaCare Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) offered the following statements in response to the 11th Circuit federal Appeals Court striking down the individual mandate of the ObamaCare law as unconstitutional.
House Speaker William O’Brien

“The majority of New Hampshire residents want this takeover of our health care system by the federal government to end immediately.  The idea that our citizens would be forced to buy government-approved health insurance or face major penalties or jail is repugnant to both American and New Hampshire values.  That’s why the state legislature just passed a law to make it illegal for the government to require individuals to buy health insurance.  Today’s ruling is an important decision that protects our freedoms and sends a clear message to Washington that we will not tolerate these big-government intrusions into our wallets and our liberty.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“This session we worked diligently to repudiate ObamaCare at the state level. We knew accepting funds to implement a big-government takeover of America’s health care was especially mindless given the strong possibility that ObamaCare would be found unconstitutional. What is truly discouraging is that Governor Lynch has refused to tell his Attorney General to join the majority of the states in fighting to stop this disastrous law. It is clear that the Governor has fully embraced ObamaCare and remains in lockstep with his Democrat allies in having the government take over one-sixth of our economy.  He needs to know that Republicans will continue to take every opportunity to block this assault on our liberty.”

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House Majority Leader Comments on Mitt Romney’s Support for Right to Work

Posted by on Aug 8, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

For Immediate Release:
August 8, 2011
Contact: 603-271-3665

House Majority Leader Comments on Mitt Romney’s Support for Right to Work

CONCORD – New Hampshire House Majotiy Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statement in response to former Massachusetts Govenor and current candidate for President Mitt Romney’s remarks in support of Right to Work legislation at a local Chamber of Commerce event in Concord, NH.

“Right To Work is an important tool for job creation, and we’re thrilled that governor Romney is supporting us in this effort to improve our economy. He knows that Right To Work will be helpful as we continue communicate the importance of overriding the Governor Lynch’s veto with our caucus and our constituents. When someone with Governor Romney’s level of private and public sector executive experience speaks up on ways our state can improve its economic situation and be more competitive in attracting new employers, we should take heed.”

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House Leaders Comment on Hospitals’ Lawsuit

Posted by on Jul 26, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt today offered the following statement in response to the Medicaid reimbursement lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Concord against the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services.

House Speaker William O’Brien:

“The hospitals’ lawsuit is ill founded legally and a disservice to the people of New Hampshire. It seeks a special status for them by confusing two different federally mandated funding obligations. Also, they are asking the court to rule that a letter sent by a long-departed state employee to a hospital lobbyist two decades ago forms a perpetual bar against responsible budgeting. The Governor and legislature have made a number of difficult fiscal decisions in order for state government to spend within its means. Every group received cuts in order to deliver a budget that balanced honestly, and the hospitals are one of many groups that will see less money. The alternative to this would be a huge tax increase for the working families of New Hampshire, which is unacceptable,” said O’Brien.

 

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt:

“Every organization across New Hampshire received funding cuts in order to deliver a budget that closed a nearly billion dollar deficit, and the hospitals are one of numerous groups that will share in the sacrifice and see reductions in spending. With increasing pressure on the federal government to balance its own budget we were faced with a different funding formula from them and cannot continue the so-called ‘Mediscam’ scheme of shifting around federal dollars. Because we refuse to levy this as a tax on New Hampshire citizens, House Republican leadership is working on a contingency plan to cut an additional $250 million from the budget in the case that it becomes necessary as a result of this lawsuit,” said Bettencourt.

 

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House Leaders Praise New State Laws to Thwart ObamaCare

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today praised two new bills that became law at midnight without the Governor’s signature.  House Bill 601 creates an ObamaCare advisory committee, from which state agencies must get approval before implementing the federal health care reform law, while also requiring that the state return $666,000 on ObamaCare funds to reduce the federal debt.  Senate Bill 148 protects individuals from being forced either to purchase health insurance or to face a fine or prison if they have not purchased health insurance.  The ObamaCare bill has an individual mandate to purchase of health insurance, an unconstitutional defect for which 28 states are currently suing the federal government to stop.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“The vast majority ofNew Hampshireresidents rejects ObamaCare and wants this outrageous federal takeover of our health care system to end immediately.  These new state laws protectNew Hampshirecitizens from a blatant intrusion into their freedom by forcing them to buy health insurance or potentially go to jail.  State agencies also will need to get legislative approval before they try to implement this seriously flawed federal law.  Furthermore, given the strong possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court could find ObamaCare unconstitutional, we are sending back the federal taxpayer dollars that they sent us to build an infrastructure for this law, so that they can be used to cut the federal debt, something our taxpayers certainly would support.  Unfortunately, Governor Lynch could not find the courage to stand with our citizens and support these two important bills to defendNew Hampshirecitizens.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“A  major reason why the voters repudiated the big-government Democrat agenda last November was because of their plan to take over Americans’ health care.  Republicans campaigned on a clear message of restoring the freedom to make our own health care decisions and we kept our word by passing  two bills that will pull the hand of government interference off the backs of our citizens.  What is truly discouraging is that Governor Lynch did not have the courage  to sign these two bills to stop ObamaCare in its tracks.  Given that he has refused to tell his Attorney General to join the majority of the states in fighting to stop this disastrous law, it’s clear that the governor has fully embraced ObamaCare and remains in lockstep with his Democrat allies in having the government take over one-sixth of our economy.  He needs to know that Republicans will continue to take every opportunity to block this assault on our liberty.”

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Bettencourt statement on the signing of HB 337-Education Funding

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

The following statement from House Majority Leader D.J. Bettercourt (R-Salem) is in response to Governor Lynch today signing HB 337, an act amending the calculation and distribution of adequate education grants, repealing fiscal capacity disparity aid, and providing stabilization grants to certain municipalities

“When House Republicans first presented our agenda to Granite Staters in January, we promised to do everything possible to end the race to the courthouse and finally put an end to the instability of ‘spreadsheet politics’ that has been an annual roadblock to arriving at a fair and equitable way of funding education.   We were committed this year to bringing stability to education funding while ensuring that our muncipalities would get exactly the same amount of money that they recieved last year.  This legislation took a huge step forward in delivering on that promise and Governor Lynch must be thanked for signing this important legislation into law.  However, this is just one piece to reforming education in New Hampshire. We remain committed to passing a constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature the flexibility to target aid to the communities that need it most and give parents and local school boards the ability to determine the best way to educate their children.”

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House Leaders Respond to Governor’s Veto of Bill to Protect Gun Owners Rights

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statements in response to Governor Lynch’s veto of Senate Bill 88, legislation to allow gun owners to defend themselves from deadly force, immunize themselves from civil liability from defending themselves and ensure that dimply displaying a firearm does not constitute a crime, as was found in the case with Ward Bird.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Both the U.S.and New Hampshire Constitutions clearly protect our citizens’ right to own and carry firearms.  This common-sense bill simply ensures that in New Hampshire, lawful gun owners can defend themselves when they are threatened.  SB 88 would make New Hampshire the 32nd state to have a Castle Doctrine or ‘Stand your Ground’ law, and we should have been a leader in this important area of protecting individual rights.  It’s unfortunate that Governor Lynch has once again chosen to stand against the rights of lawful gun owners, but we firmly expect to override this veto and affirmNew Hampshire as the ‘Live Free or Die’ state.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Today, Governor Lynch continued to show opposition to the spirit of the 2nd Amendment.  Having the right to carry a firearm, but then saying that you can’t use it to defend yourself when your life is in danger is absurd and shows a lack of respect for the safety of Granite Staters.  It’s clear that the governor pays lip service but does not support gun owners’ rights, just as his fellow Democrats in the legislature consistently blocked this important protection for our citizens.  House Republicans will embrace the opportunity to override this veto ensuring that we give our citizens the tools necessary to protect themselves.”

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House Leaders Respond to Governor’s Veto of Legislation to Protect Home Buyers from Costly Sprinkler Mandate

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statements in response to Governor Lynch’s veto of Senate Bill 91, legislation that would prohibit communities from mandating sprinklers in homes.  Earlier this year, the Governor vetoed House Bill 109, also relating to a sprinkler mandate.  The House voted to override that veto by a 294-72 margin.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“At a time when our housing market has collapsed and is still falling in many areas of the state, the last thing we need is a costly mandate that will make homes across New Hampshire less competitive.  This bill protects home buyers from the cost of sprinkler system that is typically $6,000 or more per home.  Buying a home is still part of the American Dream, and the state should not try to snatch that dream away from future generations of New Hampshire citizens with costly and ill-considered regulations.  The Legislature overrode the last veto by the Governor on this issue, and we are sad to see that he chose to continue to make the same bad decision on this bill.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Republicans are trying to make it easier to buy a home in New Hampshire while  Democrats, led by Governor Lynch, are making it more difficult to realize “The American Dream” by adding thousands of dollars to the costs of housing.  Our housing industry needs a jump start, not a kick in the gut.  Governor Lynch needs to stop his relentless pursuit to regulate our employers out of business.  Overriding this veto will be a top priority for House Republicans, who support the business community in New Hampshire and realize just how hard it is for our citizens to earn the money to buy a house.”

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Leading Taxpayer Group Gives Award to House Republicans

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

Concord – The 2011 legislature was presented with the Golden Deficit Gavel award Saturday at the annual Coalition of NH Taxpayers (CNHT) Reunion Picnic in Hillsborough. The award, inscribed “To the brave New Hampshire legislators who in 2011 saved our state from financial ruin,” was presented to House Speaker William O’Brien.

“The Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers speaks for the average Granite Stater. They know that good government is one that serves the people, is limited and fiscally prudent. Republicans heard that message loud and clear last November when we were elected to the majority. We simply must continue to be good stewards of taxpayer money.  That is the principle we used to craft this years budget. House  Republicans said, “Here’s our revenue estimates, this is the line in the sand and we’re not going to spend any more,” said House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem).

Founded in 1999, CNHT’s goal, according to their website is to keep taxes low, government small and honest, protect individual rights and freedoms, and preserve the New Hampshire Advantage.

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