SESSION NOTICE:

The House will meet for session on Tuesday, March 19th at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 20th at 10:00 a.m., and Thursday, March 21st at 10:00 a.m. if necessary.

CAUCUS NOTICE: 

There will be a Republican caucus on Tuesday, March 19th at 9:00 a.m. in Rooms 301-303, LOB.

There will be a Republican caucus on Wednesday, March 20th at 9:00 a.m. in Rooms 301-303, LOB.

 There will be a Republican caucus on Thursday, March 21st at 9:00 a.m. in Rooms 301-303, LOB.

House Republican Leader Reacts to Bill Seeking to Repeal Bipartisan Medicaid Expansion Work Requirement

Concord, NH – House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in advance of the hearing on HB690-FN, removing the work requirement of the New Hampshire granite advantage healthcare program.

“Just last year Republicans and Democrats came together for what we thought was a good faith compromise on a common sense work requirement for New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program,” Hinch said. “Now that the election has passed, Democrats in the State House are trying to roll back, or in today’s case, totally eliminate the work requirement not even one year later.”

“The work requirement is critical in helping people work towards self-reliability and better their lives by pursuing work, job training, or educational opportunities.” Hinch remarked. “Any attempt to weaken it is a disservice to Medicaid recipients and will be met with strong opposition by House Republicans.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Bill Seeking to Repeal Education Tax Credit

Concord, NH – House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the hearing on HB632, relative to the education tax credit. HB632 seeks to repeal the education tax credit.

“As has been proven countless times, education is not one size fits all. No child learns exactly the same and each child has his or her own talents and strengths. Unfortunately, other than the choice to uproot and move to a different school district, most families have lacked choice in education, which is a barrier preventing many children from achieving their full potential,” said Rep. Hinch.

“This has been an extremely successful program that has given, to date, 877 students across our state a helping hand. In the current school year, there are 413 students who have received a scholarship thanks to this program,” Hinch continued. “These scholarships are provided through private donations, not state funds. Why anyone would seek to remove this program is beyond me; it just doesn’t make sense. House Republicans remain committed to supporting and exploring opportunities to enrich students’ educational experiences and find ways to enable families to make the best education choices for their children.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to Democrats’ Single-Payer Healthcare Proposal

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement relative to the public hearing on House Bill 697, relative to Medicare for all. According to the bill analysis, it establishes a single payer health care system to provide healthcare for the citizens of New Hampshire. The bill had a public hearing on Wednesday, January 30th, at 2:30PM.

“This is socialized medicine, if I’ve ever seen it,” said Rep. Dick Hinch. “The program would cost so much money,  Department of Health and Human Services couldn’t provide a clear estimate. If it costs roughly $12,000 per year to provide Medicaid coverage for 1 person in New Hampshire, this could be a $16 billion per year program to provide every citizen with similar coverage. That’s over 2.5 times the current annual state budget.”

Hinch continued, “New Hampshire Democrats just need to look next door to Vermont to realize that single payer health care is not feasible. According to reports, the plan that failed there in 2014 would have required an 11.5% payroll tax on employers and a 9.5% income tax in addition to the state’s existing income tax. The fact that we’re seeing legislation to look at this issue again just baffles me. Vermont studied it, and rejected it because it would have bankrupted their state.”

HB 677 is one of 4 bills filed by House Democrats to study or implement single-payer-style health care proposals

  • HB 180, establishing a commission to examine the feasibility of the New England states entering into a compact for a single payer health care program.
  • HB 277, establishing a commission to study a public option for health insurance.
  • HB 604, establishing a commission to assess benefits and costs of a “health care for all” program for New Hampshire.
  • HB 697-FN-A, relative to Medicare for all.

House Republican Leader Reacts to Democrats’ Billion Dollar Carbon Tax Proposal

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement in advance of the public hearing on House Bill 735, relative to carbon pricing. According to the bill analysis, it establishes the required payment of a carbon pricing fee to be paid by vendors of carbon-based fuels based on their emissions factors. The bill has a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, January 30th, at 1:30PM in Legislative Office Building Room 304. Over a 4 year period the plan would cost consumers over $2 billion.

“This bill would dramatically raise energy and fuel prices in New Hampshire, and have a significant negative impact on our state economy,” Rep. Dick Hinch stated. “This bill requires any vendor of carbon based fuels to pay a high fee that will get passed on to consumers. In the midst of snowy weather and ice-cold temperatures, can these Democrat legislators seriously be asking New Hampshire to pay hundreds of millions of dollars more per year to heat their homes, drive their cars, and run their businesses? Can they really be asking to raise the cost of every good or service in New Hampshire that relies on carbon based fuels? Even if seventy-five percent of the revenue is rebated, this is a high risk scheme that will crash our economy, and hit the wallets of every single resident.”

Background:

Bill text available here: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?sy=2019&id=815&txtFormat=pdf&v=current

If the plan were enacted, the Department of Environmental Services estimates revenue as follows:

Calendar Year Tons of CO2 Equiv. Fee Revenue

2020 15,000,000 $20.00 $300,000,000

2021 15,000,000 $30.75 $461,250,000

2022 15,000,000 $41.77 $626,550,000 2023 15,000,000 $53.05 $795,900,000

House Republican Leader Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on SB3

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement today in response to the NH Supreme Court’s Ruling on SB3. The Supreme Court denied the NH Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters, et al. access to the voter database in their latest ruling.

“The latest ruling by the Supreme Court is a major win for New Hampshire privacy advocates. The secure voter database in question contains extremely confidential information, such as the last four digits of social security numbers, birth dates, drivers’ license numbers, and more. Allowing access to this information in order for a political organization to make a biased argument, is a breach of New Hampshire citizens’ privacy and trust. I am hopeful the Court will see the compelling need for this law as SB3 continues to be fully litigated.”


House Republican Leader Opposes $100 Per Day Vehicle Registration Fine Proposal

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement on House Bill 563, relating to the fees for failing to register a motor vehicle. The bill proposes to modify the fine from $100 per occurrence to $100 per day.

“This is another Democrat-sponsored bill that finds a new way to squeeze more money out of our citizens. I’m not sure how you would calculate the percentage increase in the fine as proposed in the bill, but if you were a week late, you could have a $700 fine instead of a $100 fine. That’s a 700% increase in just one week,” Hinch said. “This bill is sponsored by the legislator who was appointed to lead the House committee that deals with taxes and fees. If this is how Democrats want to demonstrate to voters how they plan on running the state, we’re in for an expensive 2 years.” Link to text of the bill: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?sy=2019&id=497&txtFormat=html

House Republican Leader Reacts to Rules Committee Vote on Shutdown Rebuke

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement in reaction to the House Rules committee vote to allow late drafting and introduction of a resolution, offered by Rep. Peter Schmidt (D-Dover), condemning the government shutdown. Details of the proposal are not available, and were offered verbally before the committee on Thursday.

“New Hampshire Democrats are doing a great job finding avenues to exploit the shutdown for political gain. By the time a resolution is drafted, introduced, and goes through the legislative process, it could be late March. At the end of the day, both sides in Washington, D.C. need to do their job, and do it quickly. Passing this type of resolution won’t do anything to solve the problem, and uses state resources to make a purely political statement.”

The committee voted on party lines to approve the request for the resolution to be drafted and introduced.

House Republican Leader Comments on Democrat Proposals to Raise Business Taxes

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement relative to the bills having public hearings today in the House Ways & Means committee.

HB 623-FN-A, relative to the rates of the business profits tax and business enterprise tax.
HB 482-FN-A, relative to the revenue stabilization reserve account.

“In recent years Republican leadership has successfully created an environment where we are regionally competitive with our business tax rates, and with those rate reductions we’ve seen healthy revenue returns,” Hinch stated. “House Bill 623 seeks to reverse course on the Business Profits Tax rate reductions, and raises taxes by $135 million over the next 4 years. Businesses shouldn’t have to deal with this yo-yo method of taxation. They deserve certainty so they can grow and create jobs.”

“House Bill 482 would raid the Rainy Day fund to backfill state coffers if revenue dropped below an arbitrary number, and raise taxes if the Rainy Day Fund is depleted,” Hinch continued. ”I’m not sure the rain is falling, but my confidence in Democratic tax policy has certainly hit rock bottom with this proposal. It’s a double whammy. The governor can and will reign in state agency spending and manage the budget if times are tough. However, right now we should be saving for when rainy days come, and not building a plan to siphon the fund if it drizzles.“

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