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Bettencourt Responds to House Democrats’ Press Conference

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

The following statement was issued today by House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt in response to House Minority Leader Terie Norelli’s criticism of House Republican Leadership during a press conference in Concord.

“It’s no surprise that the Democrats would be opposed to Republican efforts to keep our promises of reducing the cost of health care through the reduction of mandates, defending the Second  Amendment rights of our citizens, working to block ObamaCare, and improving New Hampshire’s economy.  Under the leadership of Rep. Norelli, the Democrats were busy the previous  four years driving up the costs of health care, attempting to disarm law abiding citizens and working to bring the disastrous, radical government takeover of health care to New Hampshire.  While they spent their time in the Majority raising over 100 job-killing taxes and fees and adding crushing new regulations, Republicans are working to give our private sector employers the confidence to add new workers through tax and fee reductions and regulatory relief.  The difference could not be clearer and the public should not be fooled by the latest efforts by Democrats to distract the public from our successful efforts to address their failures.”

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House to Hold Public Hearing on Governor’s Education Funding Amendment

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien and House Special Committee on Education Funding Chair Lynne Ober today announced a Tuesday, November 22 hearing on Governor Lynch’s proposed education funding amendment. It will begin at 10:00 am in rooms 210-211 of the Legislative Office Building.

Speaker William O’Brien

“We are providing an opportunity for the Governor to offer his education funding language to the full House. We have a common desire to address the issues of the state defining and funding primary and secondary education as soon as possible so that we have a constitutional amendment to offer the voters on the 2012 ballot. It appears the Governor will be unable to attend the November 30 session in which we will be offering his proposed education funding language to the full House. We hope he chooses to join the committee at the public hearing to come and speak on the merits of his constitutional amendment rather than to abdicate his responsibility on an issue he’s pledged to fix since 2004.”

House Special Committee on Education Funding Chair Lynne Ober

“It is important for us to get public input on this proposed language and to allow for committee vetting and then full debate on the floor. We have invited the Governor, Minority Leader Terie Norelli and Senate President Peter Bragdon to attend and testify. The Governor’s proposed language will be posted on the House website today and we will live stream the hearing on the 22nd.”

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House Leaders Commend Executive Councilors for Rebuke of Obamacare

Posted by on Nov 10, 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 commended Executive Councilors Daniel St. Hillaire (R-Concord), Christopher Sununu (R-Newfields), and David Wheeler (R-Milford) for their vote to table a contract that would bring in a $333,000 federal grant to begin implementing an ObamaCare insurance exchange in New Hampshire.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Continually Americans and Granite Staters have demonstrated they are opposed to ObamaCare. Further, given the strong possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court could find ObamaCare unconstitutional, it makes no sense to waste $333,000 of the taxpayers’ money. We congratulate the executive councilors who took a principled stance in not approving this contract and hope that it will ultimately be rejected and the money sent back to Washington. We, in New Hampshire, are not interested in these costly mandates that persistently have federal strings attached. When the money gets back to Washington it should be used to cut the federal debt – an idea our taxpayers certainly would support.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Last November, a major reason why the voters repudiated the big-government Democrat agenda was because of their plan to take over Americans’ health care.  Republicans campaigned on a clear message of restoring our freedom to make our own health care decisions and I commend the Executive Councilors who voted against approval for keeping their word. We will work hard to elect a Republican to the corner office in November as it is clear the likes of Maggie Hassan and any other Democrat gubernatorial candidate will remain in lock-step with Obama in forcing this disastrous healthcare takeover down our throats. Republicans will continue to take every opportunity to block this assault on our liberty.”

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House to Hold Session on November 30 to Vote on Governor’s Education Funding Amendment

Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien today announced that the House of Representatives will meet on Wednesday, November 30 to address the education funding amendment proposed by Governor John Lynch.  The Speaker will sponsor an amendment to CACR 14, currently tabled in the House, for the purpose of putting the language of the Governor’s proposed constitutional change before the House for a vote.  Earlier this week, Speaker O’Brien invited Lynch to address the House in support of his amendment, and according to media accounts, the Governor has declined the invitation.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Right now, we have three different proposed amendments from the House, Senate and Governor to solve the education funding problem and restore local control.  We need to begin to break this logjam and start acting so that we can bring the issue to the voters next year.  The best way to do this is to begin airing out the different plans and taking votes as soon as possible.  A year has gone by and yet the Governor has only now come forward with language that would be his version of a constitutional amendment.  Accordingly, I will be sponsoring the Governor’s language and asking the Majority Leader and Democratic Leader to join me, so that we can give the amendment a full, unbiased hearing.

“If the media reports are accurate, the people of New Hampshire should certainly be disappointed that Governor Lynch has chosen not to address his amendment.  Obviously, given that it is his language, he could make the most forceful case in supporting his solution.  Furthermore, it was equally disappointing to see the Governor suggest that holding a session to address his amendment would cost the state taxpayers.  The State Constitution clearly states that there are no additional payments for this session, so that assertion is simply untrue.

“We hope the Governor will come forward and show some leadership in his last year.  He came into office seven years ago saying he would solve the education funding problem.  This is his chance to tell the House in a debate why his amendment does that.”

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House Leaders Respond to Attack by Senator Shaheen on Speaker’s Efforts to Bring Fiscal Responsibility to NH

Posted by on Nov 7, 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 attacks by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen against Speaker O’Brien and his efforts to bring fiscal responsibility to New Hampshire.  Shaheen made the remarks at Saturday’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Windham, a fundraiser for the Democrat Party.  A report of the speech can be seen here.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“As Governor, Senator Shaheen supported a statewide sales tax, passed laws that forced health insurance companies out of the state, signed huge, job-killing business tax hikes and implemented a legal strategy that led to the Claremont II decision, which has undercut local control of education.  She even managed to double state spending in just six years.  In Washington, Senator Shaheen’s record has been equally abysmal.  The non-partisan Citizens Against Government Waste gave her just a 7% rating, and the National Taxpayers Union rated her at 8% – a total and abject failure by any measure.”

“Given Jeanne Shaheen’s big government, tax-and-spend record, being attacked by her is a badge of honor.  However, what really has caused her to act in such an offensive manner is that fact that we are working to restore the New Hampshire Advantage by getting the budget that she exploded back under control, cutting taxes to grow our economy and to create jobs and working to resolve the school funding problems that she created.  We will continue to bring fiscal responsibility to Concord, even as she continues to work to bankrupt the federal budget in Congress.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Jeanne Shaheen should not only apologize to the Speaker,  but to the 57% of the hard-working, productive New Hampshire residents who were not born here but have added to the great quality of life that we all enjoy.  Instead of discussing substantive issues, Jeanne Shaheen has fallen into the same attack mentality that President Barack Obama uses. Her offensive remarks show that Jeanne Shaheen has been ‘occupied’ by the left wing. Gone are the days when Democrats would talk openly and respectfully to the voters about their philosophies, instead they’d rather defer to the politics of personal destruction.  It’s understandable that the left doesn’t want to discuss their tax and spend, big government policies because Granite Staters know we can no longer afford to advance the Obama Administration’s agenda, of which Jeanne Shaheen remains in lockstep. Further, Speaker O’Brien was in fact not born in Massachusetts but at Fort Dix while his father was fighting to defend America’s freedom in the Korean War.”

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House and Senate statements on the anniversary of the 2010 November elections

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

The following statements from the leadership of both the New Hampshire House and Senate were given today on the anniversary of the 2010 November elections which resulted in the control of both chambers returning to Republicans leadership.

Speaker William O’Brien

“New Hampshire is in a significantly better place than it was a year ago. Thanks to Republican legislative leadership,  we closed a budget deficit of nearly a billion dollars, funded state government for the next two years without new taxes or fees and delivered twelve tax and fee reductions. Importantly,  we improved New Hampshire’s jobs climate by enacting 43 laws that cut regulations and red tape on employers. Granite Staters can expect similar leadership in the year to come.  We told voters a year ago that New Hampshire could do better.  By keeping our promises, New Hampshire is doing better.”

Senate President Peter Bragdon

“Anniversaries are usually a time to celebrate and reflect. As Republicans, we are fortunate to be able to do both today on the one year anniversary of our election victories last November.  The voters sent us a clear message and we are proud to say we have delivered.  With GOP majorities in the Senate and the House, we brought new leadership to the state house and with it came a strong resolve to be fiscally responsible and reduce the size of government, all the while keeping our focus on jobs and the economy.  As a result, New Hampshire is definitely in better shape now than it was one year ago.

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House Leaders Comment on October Revenue Figures

Posted by on Nov 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 the following statement in response to the news that state revenues were $4.2 million below projections for the month of October, with 13 of 19 revenue categories falling below state estimates.  Overall, the state is still $10.9 million ahead of projections for the fiscal year, which began July 1.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“October’s revenues show once again why it was so important why the legislature used reasonable and responsible revenue figures in our budget.  While there will continue to be good months and bad months, we expect that the estimates that we used will ultimately prove to be accurate.  We have seen the danger of using inflated numbers in the past, with prior legislatures having to reopen budgets and using budget gimmicks to balance the books.  This is an honest budget that deals with the realities of national economy that has yet to recover, and doesn’t manufacture a rosy environment to allow for more spending.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“The past two Democrat budgets were perfect examples of putting spending before getting a true assessment of economic growth.  They put the cart before the horse to pay for their big government plans.  However, as most would expect when the legislature ‘looks to the sky’ for money, these two budgets crashed and burned and left the Republicans with a nearly $1 billion budget hole to fill this year, as well as millions in new borrowing.  House Republicans know that any company that did business this way would be bankrupt.  We are committed to responsible budgeting, reasonable revenue estimates and no gimmicks.  While this month was down, we are thankfully still in positive territory for the year, thanks to Republicans rejecting Governor Lynch and the Democrats’ overinflated budget revenues.”

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Bettencourt statement on State House salary freeze

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

The following statement was issued today following a vote of the House Facilities extending the salary freeze for their employees by one year.  Former Speaker Terie Norellie (Portsmouth), the lone Democrat on the committee, voted against the freeze.

“Once again it appears that Rep. Norelli was not listening to the voters a year ago when they tossed the Democrats out of the majority.  After four years of overspending and a hundred new taxes under her watch, the citizens of this state had enough.  While the Republicans in the House remain committed to holding the line on spending, Rep. Norelli would rather increase salaries at a time when we simply cannot afford it.  As the House Majority Leader I have great respect for the work done by our employees, but they, like the rest of our citizens, have to assume a share of the painful cuts that are being felt throughout state government.”

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House Leaders Call Report Outlining Failure of RGGI Program as Evidence of Need to Eliminate Cap-and-Trade in NH

Posted by on Nov 1, 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 the following statements regarding the release of a report by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the Department of Environmental Services (DES) showing the flaws in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a 10-state cap-and-trade program for the Northeast.

The report demonstrated that the last five RGGI carbon auctions have failed, with bidders purchasing credits at the floor, or minimum, price.  The report also states that RGGI adds over $5.50 to the price of ratepayers’ electric bills each year.  RGGI consultants call for reducing the cap to increase bid prices, stating, “Tightening the cap and forcing extra emission reductions in RGGI states would strengthen the case for the program to constitute implementation of the US federal Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Performance Standard. In turn, this could provide an added incentive to state regulators to update the cap.

The PUC and DES will outline the report at a meeting of the Electric Utility Restructuring Oversight Committee this afternoon.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“At a time when the New Hampshire residents pay among the highest electric rates in the nation, the last thing we need is a state mandate that adds another $5.50 per year on the backs of our ratepayers.  Furthermore, the costs to our businesses are even higher and create a competitive disadvantage and make it harder to convince companies to grow or move here and create new jobs.  The RGGI auctions have been complete failures for the past year and a half, and now the RGGI consultants are looking to significantly tighten the cap to raise electric rates even further.  New Hampshire needs to abandon this useless income redistribution scheme immediately and put more money back in the pockets of the working families across the state.  It’s time for the take-from-the-many to give-to-the-politically-connected-few scheme that is RGGI to be lifted from the backs of New Hampshire electric ratepayers.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“New Hampshire entered the RGGI program because we were told that a national cap-and-trade program was on its way.  Clearly, we were mislead by those who wanted to charge ratepayers to pay for their green pork barrell projects.  To date, our citizens have paid millions into the program so that the politically well-connected can get government bailouts for energy subsidies.  The fact that the entire program appears on the verge of collapse and those running it feel the need to massively overhaul the system to try to make it relevant again, at the expense of those paying the bills, shows why we need to get New Hampshire out of this program now.”

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House Speaker Congratulates Representatives on 36% Savings in Mileage Costs

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien today congratulated members of the House for their savings of 36% in mileage costs — due to better financial controls and despite federal fuel reimbursement rates rising 11% — over the period of July 1, 2011 through October 20, 2011 from the comparable period of the last term from July 1, 2009 through October 20, 2009.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“We should congratulate all House members for their willingness to sacrifice to find cost savings in this time of great budgetary strain. The people of New Hampshire will appreciate this almost 40 percent reduction in legislative mileage reimbursement payments as they struggle with persistently high unemployment and now the hidden inflation resulting from uncontrolled federal spending. Accordingly, we have led by example and will continue to look for opportunities to save.”

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Majority Leader Praises House GOP Members for Voting Against ObamaCare Funds

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today praised House Republicans for remaining united and unanimously voting to reject federal money establishing a  health insurance exchange for the federal health care reform law, often called ObamaCare.  Ultimately, the Legislative Fiscal Committee voted to accept the funds, with the Senate members joining the lone House Democrat, Sharon Nordgren (Hanover), to pass the item by a 6-4 vote.  Republican Representatives Ken Weyler (Kingston), Stephen Stepanek (Amherst), Dan McGuire (Epsom)  and John Reagan (Deerfield) unanimously voted against accepting the ObamaCare money.

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“I am proud of the Republican House members who stood together and  unanimously voted against bringing ObamaCare to New Hampshire.  We simply cannot afford to allow the federal takeover of our healthcare here in the Granite State.  ObamaCare is an unaffordable, destructive effort that will hurt quality, drive up costs and bankrupt the taxpayers. We should be sending a strong message that we oppose this scheme.  While I am certainly disappointed in the passage of this item, I’m proud that all the House Republicans stood before the gates and said no to this big government disaster.  We will continue to fight ObamaCare wherever we get the opportunity.”

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Bettencourt statement on gaming legislation

Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

The following statement was issued today by House Majority Leader D. J. Bettencourt following the 14-7 OTP/A vote of the House Ways & Means committee on HB 593, relative to video lottery and table gaming:

“As someone who has represented the people of Salem in the NH House,  it certainly should come as no surprise that I support this responsible expanded gaming legislation.  It will not only create jobs, cut business taxes and increase the revenue stream into our state, but it is also in complete compliance with the  NH Republican Party platform.  While I have I have yet to get a concrete temperature of our caucus on this issue, the recent actions in our neighboring states of Massachusetts and Maine should certainly  give cause to those who have opposed gaming in the past to perhaps reevaluate their position.

To my knowledge this is the first time that a gaming bill has received a favorable recommendation from a House policy committee, which demonstrates that the reevaluation process for some  has already commenced.  If NH does not take action now, we could see a decimation of our lottery income with no alternative left to make up for the lost revenues.  Once we hear from Governor Lynch and what his intentions are,  we can then begin to truly evaluate the chances for the  success of this legislation.  Until his intentions are known,  and we become more comfortable with the views of our caucus, this will remain a vote of conscience for Republicans.”

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House Leaders Comment on CACR 13

Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) released the following statement on Constitutional Amendment 13 (CACR 13), which today came out of the  House Ways and Means Committee with a 15-5 ought to pass recommendation and will now go to the full House for a vote. CACR 13 prohibits an income tax in New Hampshire.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“The passage of CACR 13 is a great protection against future generation big spenders and ensures the state’s tradition of frugality and local control. I am confidant when the legislation reaches my colleagues in the House for a vote they too will support the measure to further protect the New Hampshire Advantage. We must remain good stewards of taxpayers’ money. Good government is one that serves the people and is limited and fiscally prudent.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“This measure comes at an incredibly important time and certainly should be approved by the full House and Senate in time to get it on the 2012 ballot. With an open Governor’s seat, the future of the New Hampshire Advantage is as unsure now more than ever. Democrat gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan, although she seemed to have conveniently forgotten about her original stance when she flip-flopped and signed ‘The Pledge,’ since she told the Portsmouth Herald [1] back in 2002 that she’d consider a state income tax. Rumored candidate Gary Hirshberg has openly been in favor of a sales and income tax and even set up a PAC to help elect candidates who pledged to implement a broad based tax. And although former Sen. Jackie Cilley says now she wouldn’t support an income tax, I don’t see how she’ll support her big spending way without it having helped implement over 100 new taxes and fees and raise the state budget by 25% while she was in office.”

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[1]http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20021101-NEWS-311019946?cid=sitesearch

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Majority Leader Bettencourt response to former State Senator Cilley

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt responds to comments by former State Sen. Cilley printed in the Portsmouth Herald suggesting that Democrats have “got to be the bullet that stops them at the gates,” in referring to Republicans.

“While it’s clear that the Democratic  party is vehemently opposed to Republican efforts to cut spending, provide tax and regulatory relief, and grow private sector jobs, and is unafraid to engage in outrageous hyperbole,  we didn’t realize just how violent their intentions were. This type of language is at best surprising and at worst shocking to the citizens of this state, especially given President Obama’s strong condemnation of this kind of language in the wake of the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona last winter.  Former Sen. Cilley owes an apology to the Republicans whom she has threatened with her extreme agenda. It is appropriate that all Democrats, including Sen. Shaheen, Gov. Lynch, former Congresswoman Shea-Porter, and Minority Leader Norelli denounce this unbecoming rhetoric.”

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House Speaker Reacts to Governor’s Proposed Education Funding Constitutional Amendment

Posted by on Oct 21, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

House Speaker William O’Brien today offered the following statement to the Governor’s proposed funding constitutional amendment after learning about them second-hand through press reports.  CACR 12, a constitutional amendment offered by Speaker O’Brien to restore the authority of the legislature to exercise its traditional discretion over educational funding is currently retained in the Senate to be taken up in 2012.

Speaker William O’Brien

“After months of trying to work with the Governor he has yet to present the House any language even though he told us several times he would, most recently a month ago that he would do so. Governor Lynch has indicated that he can deliver no votes to pass this amendment. It is disappointing we have to read about this for the first time in the press and not hear from the Governor himself. As such this appears to be more of a publicity stunt than an actual concrete proposal to resolve the education funding problem created by the courts. This is clearly the action of a lame duck Governor who is more interested in the appearance of a legacy than actually solving the problem that he pledged to fix when he first ran in 2004.”

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House Leaders Comment on Vice President Coming to New Hampshire to Sign Obama Re-Election Filing

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) offered the following comments in response to Vice President Joe Biden coming to the New Hampshire State House to file for his and President Obama’s re-election.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Earlier today, Vice President Biden said that the nation ‘needed a stronger Republican Party.’  Thankfully, the disastrous leadership of President Obama is strengthening the Republican Party everyday.  From the failed economic policies of this administration that are bankrupting our nation and our children’s future to the President’s reckless and resolute commitment to higher taxes and more regulations that are robbing the confidence of our employers to create jobs, the Obama and Biden Team is doing more for inspiring Americans to embrace the fiscally responsible message of the Republican Party than anyone else.  If the 2010 election wasn’t enough evidence of the strength of the GOP, I’m sure the Vice President will be given an even greater display in 2012.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“It’s nice Vice President Biden is able to join us in New Hampshire today given his busy schedule touting President Obama’s Stimulus 2.0. His extreme rhetoric has not only been inappropriate—likening the GOP’s pro-economic agenda to a rape scenario—but also downright wrong for America. It’s nothing but a job killing measure and continued failed policy from the Administration that calls for even more spending that Americans and Granite Staters simply cannot afford. The best way to handle the economic reign of terror Obama and Biden have had on this country is by electing a new president in 2012 and we are working extremely hard toward that end.”

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House Leaders Comment on DHHS’ Release of Managed Care Proposal

Posted by on Oct 17, 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 the following comments in response to the Department of Health and Human Services releasing a request for proposal to place the state’s Medicaid program into managed care.  DHHS today released the RFP on their website: http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/business/rfp/index.htm.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“We want to thank Commissioner Toumpas and his staff at DHHS for making this a comprehensive proposal to cover all of Medicaid.  Coordinated care means both better care for Medicaid recipients as well as a tremendous cost savings for the taxpayers of New Hampshire.  This is a major step forward for reforming the largest program in state government.”

“Obviously, there are many groups that have held monopoly or near-monopoly status in the Medicaid program for years who will oppose these common sense efforts to bring efficiency and higher quality care to the over 100,000 people who get care from this program, and I commend the Commissioner for standing up to these interests and following the legislative intent in the law we passed this year.  While we would have liked to see more definition if how they intend to cover the disabled and those in long-term care settings, it’s good to know that they plan to cover all of these services by the end of this budget.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“This RFP is a victory for the taxpayers of New Hampshire while still providing better care for those who receive Medicaid.  We are glad to see that the bill that passed the House last week was able to clarify our position that we want all Medicaid services covered by managed care.  Now, the Department has to face the challenge of implementing the largest contracts in state history for this $1.4 billion program.  House Republicans will remain actively involved with the Department to make sure they meet their targets and do what’s best for the citizens and taxpayers of New Hampshire.”

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House Leaders Congratulate Rep. Garcia for Joining National Campaign Promoting Conservative Values to Hispanic Voters

Posted by on Oct 7, 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 congratulated Rep. Marilinda Garcia (R-Salem) for her participation in a national campaign by GOPAC to encourage Hispanic voters to support conservative values for national Hispanic Heritage Month.  The effort includes a national advertizing campaign that includes Rep. Garcia that is available online at www.weareconservative.org.

Rep. Garcia is in her 3rd term representing the towns of Salem and Windham.  She is the co-chair of the House Republican Alliance and serves on the House Finance and Legislative Administration committees.  She was recently named among the “40 Under Forty” for those individuals under 40 years old who are making a difference in the community and was identified as a “Rising Star” by the New Hampshire Union Leader.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Rep. Garcia is a leading voice for conservative values in the House and is an active leader in shaping the policies that have brought New Hampshire back from the financial brink.  She is an ideal choice to reach out to Hispanics nationally to remind them of the importance of limited government, lower taxes and creating an environment for jobs to flourish.  New Hampshire Republicans are proud that Rep. Garcia is participating in this conversation with Hispanic voters.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“As a fellow Salem resident and close friend of Marilinda, I’m thrilled to see her leading efforts to share Republican ideals with Hispanics nationally.  This is a great opportunity for both her and the Party to grow support among groups whose values are consistent with Republicans about growing our economy, rewarding hard work and taking personal responsibility.  Salem is very proud of her efforts.”

Link: Release from GOPAC announcing Hispanic Heritage Month ad

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House Clerk Named President-Elect of American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien today congratulated House Clerk, Karen Wadsworth, who was recently voted President-Elect of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries.  This professional organization, founded in 1943, was created to improve legislative administration and foster communication between the nation’s Clerks and Secretaries. It has grown to include international partnerships and is responsible for the updating of Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure; Wadsworth sat on the last two commissions that oversee the updating.

“On behalf of the House, we congratulate Karen for her achievement. It is certainly well deserved and we are proud of her accomplishments. Karen has and continues to represent the New Hampshire House admirably and we are thankful for her service, experience and vast knowledge of the history and procedure of this body,” said Speaker O’Brien.

Wadsworth, who now lives in Bow, is a former mayor of Lebanon and a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives where she was Chair of the Municipal and County Government Committee and of the Administrative Rules Committee.  She will be the first House Clerk from New Hampshire to become President of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries. Wadsworth will be sworn in as President in September 2012.

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House Republican Leaders Respond to Legislation to Move $26 Million into Rainy Day Fund

Posted by on Oct 7, 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 the following statements in response to the House Rules Committee voting to allow Rep. Keith Murphy (R-Bedford) to introduce legislation to move any surplus from the last fiscal year into the state’s Rainy Day Fund.  Currently, the Fund balance stands at just $9 million.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Our Rainy Day Fund has been depleted to less than one-half of 1% of our annual state expenditures.  The fiscally responsible decision is to take the unexpected surplus funds that we learned about last week and use them to shore up the Rainy Day Fund to an appropriate amount, so that our Treasurer can go to New York and push for a AAA bond rating, which would save us millions.  Ideally, we’d like to see about 5% of annual state spending, or roughly $110 million, in the Rainy Day Fund, to stabilize and improve our bond rating and leave us well prepared for any future economic downturn.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“One of the top priority for House Republicans next session will be to improve upon  New Hampshire’s bond rating.  The Democrats cleaned out our Rainy Day Fund to support their spending excesses.  Republicans intend to rebuild our reserves, because we know that’s how responsible government should operate.  We are still amazed at how Governor Lynch can go from coming ‘hat-in-hand,’ begging the legislature to help in fill his budget deficit by raiding dedicated funds, to having a $26 million surplus.  While we will move forward on legislation to put any surplus into the Rainy Day Fund, we will wait until the state audit is complete to see if this $26 million is real or an illusion.  Our philosphy is, ‘Trust but verify.’”

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