House Republican Leader Comments on Additional Bill That Spends Surplus

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) released the following statement relative to the House vote on HB 1635, the second bill of the week that reopens the state budget to increase spending by using estimated budget surplus dollars. The bill passed by a vote of 173-125.

House Republican Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“In just two days, the Democratically controlled House has passed two bills that spend surplus funds and reopen the budget to increase spending. This is not fiscally responsible. We had an opportunity to bolster our state rainy day fund by saving the entire 2013 surplus, something the State Treasurer agrees is the right thing to do.  Yesterday, when the House passed HB 1411, almost half of those funds were spent. Now, by passing HB 1635, we are not only opening up the budget once again, we’re spending money we don’t have yet. We’re now proposing to use funds from the current budget surplus, which is only anticipated, not guaranteed.  This is a disturbing trend that most New Hampshire citizens wouldn’t consider for their own household budgets.”

House Republican Policy Leader to be Featured at GOPAC Town Hall

GOPAC Contact: David Avella, 202-464-5170

Sanborn to Tout Conservative Ideas at New Hampshire Town Hall

Washington, D.C. – Today, GOPAC announced New Hampshire House Republican Policy Leader, Representative Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford), will be  featured at their Emerging Leaders Town Hall on March 15, 2014 during the Northeast Republican  Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire. The panel will also include state Senator Bryce Reeves (VA),  and state Representative Tony Hwang (CT). As part of GOPAC’s Emerging Leaders program, the Town Hall will promote these promising state  leaders and provide them a platform to advance the ideas and solutions they are championing.

GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli

“As the Republican Policy Leader in the New Hampshire House, Representative Sanborn is leading  efforts to advance ideas for more private sector jobs. She is very effective at explaining how  conservative principles can be applied to provide common sense solutions. For example, among her accomplishments is improving fairness of audits on small business by putting the burden of proof on the state Department of Revenue.”

House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford)

“I am honored to be selected by GOPAC and look forward to leading a Republican resurgence in New Hampshire with a focus on jobs, the economy, and small government.”

House Republican Leader Comments on Job Killing Minimum Wage Bill

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following statement relative the House vote on HB1403, which raises the minimum wage in New Hampshire by 24% to $9 per hour. The bill passed by a 173-118 vote.

House Republican Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“This bill will negatively affect our job climate in New Hampshire and threaten the viability of many small and medium sized businesses especially in the hospitality industry, which many workers in our state depend on.  For many small employers, a government mandated 24% wage increase is just not affordable, and they may have to reduce their overall number of employees or try to raise prices to compensate. In this economy, this is not a viable option.”

“The Congressional Budget Office estimates that with this type of increase, between 500,000 and 600,000 jobs could be lost nationally, with as many as 2000 jobs cut in New Hampshire.”

“Just one medium sized restaurant in the Mount Washington Valley stated that it would cost them $20,000 to pay for this increase. In this economy there is no way they can afford this.”

“Raising the minimum wage will also eliminate job opportunities for our young workers who rely on entry level, part time, or seasonal jobs for valuable work experience.”

“Our business community is compassionate and more than capable of making reasonable decisions that best suits the needs of their employees and the viability of their businesses.”

“Republicans aren’t against higher wages. We are proponents of creating the economic conditions for businesses to thrive to ensure everyone has the opportunity to earn a decent wage. Government mandates do exactly the opposite.”

“Tying the minimum wage to an unpredictable index sets us up for major trouble. The Consumer Price Index can increase in a bad economy. I can’t imagine how proponents of this bill plan on explaining future automatic wage increases even during a recession. This could have disastrous consequences for our mom-and-pop operations.”

House Republican Leader Congratulates Kenney on Victory in Council Race

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) today offered the following statement congratulating Republican Joe Kenney, the victor in the highly contested Executive Council race in District 1.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“Joe ran an exceptional campaign in a very difficult district to navigate. This is a positive start for Republicans in a competitive election year. This should provide encouragement and incentive for Republicans to come forward and seek election to the NH House and other offices in 2014.”

“House Republicans are grateful to have Joe back in the State House and to have an additional Republican on the Executive Council to keep an eye on state spending and appointments. I’m sure he will be a worthy successor to my good friend Ray Burton. I and other House members look forward to working with him in Concord and at home in District 1.”

House Republican Leader Statement on Bill Prohibiting Electronic Devices While Driving

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) today offered the following statement relative to the House passage of HB1360, a bill that would prohibit reasonable use of phones and electronic devices while driving. The bill passed by a 192-133 vote.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“We have good, reasonable laws on the books that prohibit distracted driving of any kind, whether those distractions are food related, pet related, person related or phone related. This bill unfairly suggests all users of cellphones or electronic devices are distracted. The vast majority of drivers have been operating their vehicles safely for years, even before hands-free technology hit the market. We should be enforcing distracted driving laws as they stand, rather than ending the use of cellphones for everyone.”

House Republican Leader Statement on Republican Effort to Cut Meals Tax

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) today offered a statement following the defeat of a Republican sponsored bill that would have provided a cut in the tax on meals in New Hampshire, from 9% to 8%. The bill was defeated by a vote of 184-148.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“Republicans will continue to explore reasonable ways to lower the tax burden on our hard working citizens. While some would like you to believe the meals tax is primarily paid by those who visit our state as tourists, the reality is that you and I pay it on our morning coffee or bagel, our grilled cheese at lunch, or our pizza dinner with the family. Lowering taxes like the meals tax is something I hope we continue to discuss as ways to help families keep more of their hard earned money in their own pockets.”