House Republican Leaders Statement on Passage of Senate Budget Proposal

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford) offered the following statement in reaction to the Senate passing their budget proposal.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“The Senate has done what some may want you to believe is impossible. They have produced a responsible, balanced budget that includes no new taxes or fees while funding important priorities in Health and Human Services and Education.”

“A key issue for House Republicans has been ensuring the budget is built on responsible revenue projections. We’re pleased the Senate budget strives to do this.”

“During the budget process in the House, Republicans offered several amendments to address some of the most substantive issues we had with the House Democrats’ budget. We’re happy to say that many of issues House Republicans took issue with in the House Democrats’ budget have been addressed in the Senate Budget.”

“The House Democrats’ budget downshifted millions in costs to county governments, running the risk of spiking county property tax rates. The Senate budget went a substantial way toward taking care of a large part of the increasing cost shift and will protect New Hampshire taxpayers.”

House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford)

“Senate Republicans have worked very hard and put forth a responsible budget that solves the real problems New Hampshire people face.”

“This budget includes reasonable and carefully considered compromises, so we can take care of those most in need while simultaneously promoting a strong economy and private sector job creation, and helping NH families and small businesses thrive.”

“House Republicans committed to do everything they could to improve the climate for economic growth and job creation in our state.   The Senate Republicans are supporting that effort with their Budget.”

House Republicans Comment on Senate Amendment Blocking DRA From Taxing Businesses Based on Tipped Employees

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and Rep. Pat Abrami (R-Stratham) offered the following comments following the hearing on a Senate proposed amendment that would block the Department of Revenue Administration from being able to use tips received by employees in their calculation of Business Enterprise Tax owed by businesses.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“I’m hopeful that the Department of Revenue Administration would not try to seek new and interesting ways to circumvent the legislative process to reach into the pockets of our small business owners. A clear reading of existing statutes prohibits this type of taxation The livelihoods of many restaurateurs and their employees are at stake. This amendment is good for business and our State’s hospitality industry. I’m happy the Senate is working to address this issue, and we will work to ensure the House concurs with this amendment.”

Rep. Pat Abrami (R-Stratham), House Ways & Means Committee

“Our State’s business community would appreciate transparency and predictability in how taxes are assessed. In this instance, it appears as if the DRA has taken it upon themselves to reinterpret their rules. The State’s hospitality industry employs tens of thousands of people. Without this amendment, each one of these employees is subject to becoming an increased tax burden to their employers. If we’re looking to help our job creators in this recovering economy, we need to step in and prevent the DRA’s new nickel-and-diming scheme.”

House Resolution Honors Victims and Heroes of Boston Marathon Tragedy

CONCORD– A resolution brought forward by Minority Leader Gene Chandler, Majority Leader Stephen Shurtleff and Speaker Terie Norelli called for honoring the victims and heroes of the Boston Marathon Tragedy.  House Resolution 9 received unanimous bipartisan support 312-0.

Minority Leader Gene Chandler’s statement on the resolution:

“We felt it was imperative that the New Hampshire House show support, honor and respect for the victims of the terrible events in Boston, including Jeff Bauman, who has personified this human tragedy, helped achieve justice by identifying the suspects, and continues to be a source of inspiration for all of us as he recovers from his injuries.”

“This resolution was offered and passed on behalf of all the citizens of our great State. To all those affected by the attacks, first responders who aided the injured and to the law enforcement community that worked tirelessly to apprehend the suspects: New Hampshire stands with you. Any remarks made to the contrary are not representative of the New Hampshire House or the citizens of the Granite State.”

Speaker Terie Norelli’s statement on the resolution:

“The heroes and victims of the tragic events that occurred at the Boston Marathon, including Jeff Bauman, deserve not just to be honored, but also to be provided with the utmost respect and compassion.  Together as a community and a legislature we honor the victims and celebrate the heroes.”

The entire text of the resolution can be found below. (more…)

House Republican Leader Comments on Passage of Small Business Bill

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following comment in reaction to the Senate passage of HB 598, a bill that bill increases the amount of the record-keeping safe harbor deduction under the business profits tax.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“We are pleased that the Senate has passed HB598. This bill will allow our small business owners more freedom in how they operate, reduce their tax burden and facilitate their financial success. This commonsense, business friendly legislation is just the type of measure this state needs to take to signal that New Hampshire is open for business. We look forward to the Governor signing this bill into law and hope for more bipartisan support of pro-business, pro-jobs and pro-economic growth legislation.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to Senate Tabling of Education Opportunity Tax Credit Repeal Bill

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following comment in reaction to the Senate action on HB370, a bill that would repeal the Education Opportunity Tax Credit program. The Senate voted to table the bill 13-11.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“I applaud the Senate for taking action to keep the Education Opportunity Tax Credit in place. The Education Opportunity Tax Credit is brand new and should be allowed the chance to prove itself before the legislature attempts to repeal it. Figures contained in the proposed House budget indicate that this program does not cost the State anything, therefore repealing it does not make any financial gain. Secondly, it allows parents to explore and be better able to afford education opportunities they may not otherwise have access to. Why some legislators want to take away this opportunity is beyond me. We need to make sure families have the ability to find the educational programs that best suit their children. I look forward to fighting to keep this program alive so families can share their stories once scholarships are awarded. Education choice should not be limited to wealthy families. We should have a way to lend a helping hand to less fortunate families to have those same opportunities.”

GOP Members of Joint Health Care Oversight Committee Call Out Governor Hassan on Broken Promises and Lack of Transparency

Concord, NH – Republican members of the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee today issued the following statements after disclosure from Governor Hassan’s office as well as the Department of Insurance that her administration would no longer be pursuing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the federal government with regards to the implementation of the Health Care Exchange Partnership as was originally promised to the committee last month.  The Hassan Administration has instead indicated an intention to move forward with the proposed partnership without an agreed upon MOU.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) said:

“The Governor’s suggestion that she can single-handedly implement ObamaCare in New Hampshire without a contract or MOU of how the federal government is going to take over providing insurance to New Hampshire citizens is astonishing.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will forever change how insurance is provided to the people of this state and the Governor’s office is now deliberately pulling back on a promise to be transparent and disrespecting the legislative process.  This act of purposefully withholding details on ACA implementation only further suggests the Governor and Washington bureaucrats do not want the legislature, taxpayers, or small business owners to know the details or costs of this expansion.  New Hampshire government does not operate under the cover of darkness, and the Governor needs to bring an MOU to the Oversight Committee, as promised, showing a complete, detailed plan of how she intends to implement this costly venture.”

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) said:

“I am extremely disappointed that, after promising legislative oversight, Governor Hassan is seemingly reneging on that promise.  I am concerned a Health Care Exchange partnership will not protect taxpayers, will increase consumer confusion, and subvert New Hampshire sovereignty.  Those concerns are heightened when it appears the Governor’s office is choosing to not layout the next steps of this process in a MOU as they had earlier indicated they would.”

Representative John Hunt (R-Cheshire 11) said:

“After listening to the presentation from the Executive Branch, I conceded to considering the state enter into a partnership exchange to protect New Hampshire’s interests, specifically because the Governor’s office committed to providing an MOU to our committee which would provide complete details on how the ACA would be implemented.  Now that the Governor has refused to share an MOU, the people of this state have no idea on the cost, timing, affects and options associated with how the exchange, partnership and plan management will be enacted and operated.  It is exceptionally disturbing to see the Governor attempt to implement the ACA, void of real, honest transparency on this important issue and I do hope the Governor reconsiders such a reckless action knowing how much money, time and effort is at stake here.”

Note: The next meeting of the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th at 8:00AM.