House Republican Leader Reacts to Passage of Democrats’ Budget Proposal Despite Bipartisan Opposition

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the passage of HB1 and HB2, bills relating to the state budget. As amended, the budget proposes to increase spending by 13% ($637 million in General and Education Fund spending, and over $1.5 billion in total funds) over the current operating budget, FY2018-2019, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Budget Assistant’s Office.

“This budget spends $9500 for every person in New Hampshire, which Republicans just don’t see as responsible or sustainable,” Rep. Hinch said. “Democrats want to call their plan tax relief, but they are still asking our citizens for more than $400 million in new and increased taxes. That’s contradictory and misleading.” “This budget includes a laundry list of items that Republicans oppose, from an income tax-funded family leave plan, to a new tax on capital gains and higher business taxes, to growing the perpetual operation of government with one-time money. This spending spree is irresponsible and sets us up for failure, deficits, and higher taxes down the road. The governor had a spending plan that met and exceeded the needs of our state without asking for anymore of your tax money, and Democrats decided to completely disregard his guidance on that key principle.”

House Republicans Disapprove of Democrats Plastic Bag, Straw Restriction Bills

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued statements on 2 sets of bills which had public hearings today dealing with restrictions on plastic bags, straws, and other plastics.

House Commerce Committee:

HB 560-FN, relative to single-use carryout bags

HB 558-FN, restricting the distribution of plastic straws

“Democrats don’t appear to trust businesses or consumers to make responsible decisions on their own. They would rather rely on government imposed restrictions and fines to get their desired outcome. Bags and straws are not the enemy, nanny-state regulations like these bills are.”

House Municipal & County Committee:

HB 102, relative to municipal ordinances regarding the use of plastics.

HB 559, enabling municipalities to ban single-use sources of plastic pollution.

“Small businesses turned out in droves to oppose these bills. They may be enabling legislation, but they can potentially disable a business’s ability to make decisions that best suit them and their consumers.”

House Republican Leader’s Statement on Governor’s Budget Address

CONCORD – 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 parts of the governor’s speech.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Democrats’ Anti-Gun Legislation

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement relative to anti-gun owner, Democrat agenda bills having a public hearing today.

“New Hampshire is ranked as one of the safest states in America. The vast majority of gun owners in New Hampshire are honest, law abiding citizens. These bills are an unnecessary attempt to solve a problem that, quite frankly, doesn’t exist in our state and has the potential to make criminals out of responsible gun owners,” Hinch said.

“These bills are not necessary, are an excessive government overreach, and a severe restriction of 2nd Amendment rights. The provisions in these bills do nothing to alleviate the concerns of the proponents and just cause more red tape and are intrusive to the rights of law abiding citizens. I hope that the committees find these bills inexpedient to legislate.”

House Republicans Leaders Respond to ACLU Lawsuit on HB1264

Concord, NH- House Republican leaders released the following statements relative to the ACLU filing a lawsuit on HB1264 on behalf of Dartmouth College students.

House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack):

“Just this past July, the NH Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion on HB1264 stating there is nothing unconstitutional about requiring individuals to make a choice as to where they are residents.”

“I do not understand what is so unreasonable for us to require that those who participate in our elections be residents of our state,” Hinch continued. “What I do believe to be unreasonable is that we have had two classifications of voters in our state: those who abide by our statutes and laws as residents, and those who don’t. Choosing New Hampshire as your domicile for voting should subject each and every one of us to the same obligation of state citizenship. This bill is about ensuring our elections remain fair for all who cast a vote in our state.”

House Election Law Committee Ranking Republican Kathleen Hoelzel (R-Raymond): “Just yesterday the Election Law committee voted to pass HB106 to repeal all the provisions of HB1264. To bring this lawsuit now is just more of the same perpetual conspiracy theories from Democrats. HB1264 did not make us any different from our neighboring states. In this past election, there were no reports of any voters being disenfranchised by the new requirements. In fact, voter turnout in college towns made records. Considering the Supreme Court has already issued an advisory opinion on this bill, I look forward to that opinion being upheld by the US District Court.”