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House Republican Leader Reacts to April Revenue Report

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement relative to the state revenue report for the month of April, which shows that business tax revenue exceeded estimates by $30 million for the month. Year-to-date business taxes are above plan by almost $180 million.

“Business tax revenues continue to contribute to our prospective state surplus. I think this demonstrates the success of common sense tax rate reductions. The economy is doing great in many parts of our state, and Republicans would like to encourage that to continue and spread. Let’s not screw it up. If we want to keep the fire burning, we shouldn’t be dousing it with anti-business legislation like we’ve seen from the Democrat majority this year.”

House Republicans Disappointed Democrats Break 1-Year Old Promise on Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement on the passage of SB290, relative to the New Hampshire granite advantage health care program. The bill would significantly water down provisions worked out in a bipartisan manner last year relative to the work requirement for enrollees, and set an dangerous position of allowing general funds to be used for the program.


“Just last year, Democrats and Republicans worked together on solutions to improve the granite advantage health care program by including common sense provisions to help enrollees with a common sense work requirement, and protect taxpayers by prohibiting use of general funds. This bill breaks with those two key provisions, and Republicans are extremely disappointed at the reversal on these bipartisan agreements. This bill will result in less incentives for enrollees to participate in our economy in a way that may help them get off the program in the future, and may put state tax payers on the hook for tens of millions in new costs. This is the wrong direction for the program and our state. So much for negotiation in good faith”.

“Just last year, Democrats and Republicans worked together on solutions to improve the granite advantage health care program by including common sense provisions to help enrollees with a common sense work requirement, and protect taxpayers by prohibiting use of general funds. This bill breaks with those two key provisions, and Republicans are extremely disappointed at the reversal on these bipartisan agreements. This bill will result in less incentives for enrollees to participate in our economy in a way that may help them get off the program in the future, and may put state tax payers on the hook for tens of millions in new costs. This is the wrong direction for the program and our state. So much for negotiation in good faith”.

Op-Ed: Chaos & Rushed, Heavy-Handed Policy

By: Rep. Dick Hinch

This past December, Rep. Stephen Shurtleff won the election for House speaker, and I wished my friend the best. He accepted his nomination by saying, “it’s important to put partisanship aside to work for the common good of our people…” I couldn’t agree more. Government works best when parties work together to produce the best policies possible for our state. However, Republicans have been extremely disappointed by how the opposite has occurred. This session has been marred by disorganization, partisanship, and rushed, heavy-handed policy.

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Crossover Report – Democrat Voting Records Key Bills

Each year we provide to you a priority list of votes so you know how Democrats in your district/county voted on key issues. This has traditionally come at the end of each session year, but there are so many votes on bad bills this year, we can publish a list now, at crossover.

2019 Crossover Report – Vote Descriptions, gives you a list of the votes we used in our report, what the motion was, how each party caucus voted, and a description of the issues in the bill.

2019 Crossover Report – Vote Detail, list each member of the Democrat caucus, and how they voted on each of these bills.

2019 Crossover Report – Participation Rate – We’ve included a list of Democrats and their participation rates and missed vote percentage.

If you have any questions about these materials the Republican Office staff is happy to help. There are several other bills we would have liked to include in this report, but there were just so many, we had to narrow the list down. If you are looking for more detailed information on a specific member, let us know.

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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 Republican Leader Reacts to Democrats About-Face on ICAC Funding

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the House’s approval of an amendment to the Democrat state budget proposal that restores funding to the Internet Crimes Against Children fund, a program that Governor Sununu had funded, but was cut by House Democrats during the Finance committee process.


“Republicans had filed an amendment yesterday to be brought forward expecting the Democrats to hold firm on their position outlined by Rep. Lovejoy on Tuesday, where she insisted that no one told them it was a priority,” Hinch said. “As it turns out, the governor includes things he believes are a priority in his budget, and Democrats exhibited a real disconnect from reality on this issue. I’m glad they saw the light, and realized that with their new tax revenue and record spending, that they could find the $500,000 to fund ICAC’s needs.”

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