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HRA comments on efforts by Massachusetts to extend income tax to New Hampshire businesses

Date Issued: 
Monday, June 23, 2014

Date Issued: Monday June 23, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bill O’Brien 603-620-8710

The House Republican Alliance issued the following statement in response to news that Massachusetts will attempt to levy a 5.2% income tax on New Hampshire small business owners, as reported in yesterday’s New Hampshire Sunday News.

“Massachusetts’ attempt to undermine the New Hampshire Advantage of not having an income tax is yet another outrageous overreach that we must come together to stop immediately. Moreover, it should be a warning to everyone of what happens when a state government starts spending beyond its means and constantly needs to look for new ways to pay for their profligacy,” said Rep. Bill O’Brien, Mont Vernon.

“Last year, the House passed a budget that grew government by 10% before the Senate was able to bring a fiscal reality check to the process. That type of budgeting would put New Hampshire in exactly the situation where states such as Massachusetts so often find themselves, looking to raise taxes on anyone and everyone possible to pay for reckless spending. New Hampshire small business owners who will get hit by Massachusetts income tax are now the best example of why it’s so critical to elect fiscally responsible leaders to the Legislature this November. We will be working hard to bring jobs and our young people back to New Hampshire and Massachusetts should not be reaching into New Hampshire to take those gains away.”

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HRA Releases 2014 Legislative Scorecard

Date Issued: 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Pam Tucker 531.0085 pamzt@comcast.net

House Republican Alliance Releases 2014 Legislative Scorecard

Today, the House Republican Alliance (HRA) released its 2014 scorecard for members of the New Hampshire House. The HRA scorecard ranks every state representative's voting record according to how well their votes comply with the U.S and N.H. Constitution, the New Hampshire Republican Platform, and fiscal soundness. The rating is determined by comparing each representative's voting record with the recommendations HRA published in the "Pink Sheet”. HRA's Pink Sheet recommendations are distributed to House members before each session and are available on the HRA website.

This scorecard was derived from 118 roll call votes. This year, on average, 83.3% of Republican voted in line with HRA recommendations. The Democrats' average was 9.6%, which dramatically demonstrates how different the parties are in their respective ideologies.
The HRA scorecard is the longest running scorecard or measurement used in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. A summary of each bill's impact is available at www.NHHRA.org.

The HRA is the oldest independent policy group in the NH House, consisting of current and recent New Hampshire House members who work together to advance fiscal sanity and Republican principles of smaller government and keeping taxes low for all citizens of the state.

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HRA comments on the denial of support for the Wani family

Date Issued: 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: JR Hoell 315.9002

House Republican Alliance comments on the denial of support for the Wani family in Manchester.
Today the New Hampshire State House failed to pass a House resolution asking for US State Department to intervene on behalf of Meriam Wani.

Rep. Itse introduced this urgent resolution on behalf of the Manchester family whose heart-wrenching story is rippling through New Hampshire and nation. Mrs. Meriam Wani, a 27-year-old Sudanese woman is in danger of being martyred in the very near future for her marriage to a Daniel Wani, a United States Citizen living in Manchester, NH.

New Hampshire has among the strongest constitutional protections of rights of conscience and religion. The House Republican Alliance strongly believes that the martyring of a young woman for her marriage to a citizen of another religion is an unacceptable over reach of the power delegated to government.

Rep. JR Hoell- Dunbarton, expressed shock and dismay, that the critical request failed to garner sufficient votes to pass the required 2/3rds margin to allow introduction. “We were sent here to serve and protect the people of New Hampshire and nothing comes closer to fulfilling that duty than standing up to government tyranny, especially when someone will be martyred for their selection of a spouse and their religious beliefs.”

Rep. Dan Itse- Fremont further commented: “It was good to see that we obtained a majority on this vote, however I am dismayed that Democrat leaders opposed and stopped the introduction of the resolution”

HRA comments on gas tax increase

Date Issued: 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

For immediate release
Contact: Carol McGuire
Mcguire4house@gmail.com
603.782.4918

The House Republican Alliance issued a statement on the passage of SB 367, a bills that increases the gas tax in New Hampshire.

"This increase tax will burden those we most want to help, the working families and those of limited resources. Since nearly all goods and services reach the consumer via vehicles, we can expect an increase in the cost of goods." stated Rep Pam Tucker, Greenland.

"Today, the House voted to raise the gas tax by 23%. While we all agree the roads need to be fixed, however, the funding is already available if we chose to allocate our resources properly instead of siphoning off highway funding for other departments. Besides eliminating the toll at Exit 12, SB367 mandates that most of the increased funds go towards the completion of the I-93 widening project, including paying off the $200 million in new debt. It does nothing to end the continual diversion of gas taxes away from our deteriorating roads and bridges, " stated Rep. Carol McGuire, Epsom.

HRA Releases 2014 Midterm Scorecards

Date Issued: 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HOUSE REPUBLICAN ALLIANCE 2014 MIDTERM SCORECARDS

The House Republican Alliance (HRA) issued the their mid session score card for the New Hampshire house today. Eighty-seven roll called bills were used to determine a representative's score. On average, the House rated 44%; Republican representatives averaged 82% and Democrats averaged 13%.

The HRA is a long standing policy based group that provides recommendations on bills based on the U.S. and New Hampshire Constitutions, and the Republican platform. A State representative's score is indicative of the number of times a legislator voted with the HRA recommendation.

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HRA statement on bill to expand Medicaid in New Hampshire.

Date Issued: 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Carol McGuire
McGuire4house@gmail.com
782.4918

The House Republican Alliance (HRA) commented on the passage of SB413, a bill to expand Medicaid in New Hampshire.

Everyone in New Hampshire wants to help those who do not have coverage. However, SB413 transfers healthcare coverage from private insurance to public insurance. We know recipients of Medicaid have worse outcomes than those on private insurance. We know emergency room visits do not decrease. We are incentivizing a group of citizens to become an underclass by passing this bill.

The House Republican Alliance finds it unacceptable that those on Medicaid have access to all 24 hospitals across the state while those on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) who are working, have access to only 14.

Paying for expanded Medicaid is going to cause New Hampshire to implement a broad based tax. Although the federal government will pay for the program for the first four years, no one is talking about the 20% of the start up costs and the 46% of the administrative costs of the program. This includes 95 new Family Service Specialists and their supervision. The state budget is tight every year. To pay for these new government employees, the state will need to cut essential services to those who truly need them the most, or it will need to institute a large, new tax on all citizens.

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HRA statement on Funding for Charter Schools

Date Issued: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Carol McGuire
McGuire4house@gmail.com
782.4918

The House Republican Alliance comments on HB435, a bill to help fund charter schools and choice in education. The bill was referred for Interim Study.

"The money for new charter schools to open has been available since the budget passed. The money we are spending on charter schools is only about 2% of the education trust fund. Charter school students should not be treated as second class students; paying taxes with no benefit plus tuition, yet receiving inferior funding from the State," stated Rep. Ken Weyler, Kingston.

Rep Ralph Boehm, Litchfield, stated, "Charter schools now operate with about 1/3 of what traditional public schools receive for funding and provide an opportunity for choice in education that is sought out by many families. It is sad that the New Hampshire House of Representatives does not believe in the value that charter schools offer to our next generation."

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HRA comments on defeat of bill to lower the Meals Tax

Date Issued: 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact Information: Carol McGuire 603.742.4918

The House Republican Alliance released a statement on the failure of HB1597, a bill that would have reduced the meals tax by 11%.

Today the House had an opportunity to provide tax relief for residents dining out while having no negative impact on revenues to the state. The tax would remain the same on the rooms portion. "Because the economy is recovering and revenue from this tax has increased by five percent, there would be no loss in revenue, " stated Rep. Russ Ober- Hudson. He calculated the math to show his fellow representatives that lowering the tax would be budget neutral. “Isn’t a reduction in a tax a good thing for New Hampshire residents?” asked Rep. Ober. "This is a win-win situation for our state."
Rep. J. R. Hoell-Dunbarton, remarked,"Today, the House voted against an 11% reduction in the meals tax in a fiscal year where the revenues would have been neutral with this cut enacted. Currently, Massachusetts has a meals tax that is approximately 31% less than the current New Hampshire rate. It is appalling that the House Democrats would not even consider the potential reduction to help our hardworking New Hampshire families."

Rep. Hoell finds it distasteful that the Majority of the House members would not support the 11% reduction to the meals tax for the hardworking families, when 47 states already have lower meals taxes than the current rate in New Hampshire.
Rep. Emily Sandblade- Manchester, speaking in favor of the bill, said, “While I know there is no free lunch, this reduction would make your meal more affordable."

After a roll call, this bill failed by 184 – 148.

HRA statement on bill banning the use of electronic devices in autos

Date Issued: 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

For immediate release
Contact: Carol McGuire 603-742-4918

House Republican Alliance statement on HB1360
The House Republican Alliance released a statement today on the passage of HB1360-A, a bill that would ban use of hand held devices while driving and prohibit any use of cell phones while driving for citizens under the age of 18.

"This bill is a strong overreach of government into our private lives. Distracted driving, including texting while driving, has been in the law for years. Forbidding drivers to call home - or set their GPS - while stopped in traffic is a ridiculous intrusion into our private lives," stated Rep. Mark Warden- Goffstown.
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HRA Statement on Paycheck Equity

Date Issued: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The House Republican Alliance (HRA) issued a statement today on the passage of HB1188, a bill relative to paycheck equity.

"While this bill sounds good on the surface, we already have laws on the books that prohibit discrimination based on sex. This bill will interject the government into New Hampshire business decisions - by forcing them to allow employees to discuss confidential pay information. People are paid differently for a variety of reasons - education, experience, credentials, hours worked, to name some. Government does not have a place in private negotiations between individuals and their place of employment.There haven't been cases of workforce discrimination in decades in New Hampshire and New Hampshire women don't need the state to interfere in their work lives," stated Rep Carol McGuire , Epson.

"The gender wage gap doesn't exist according to the Department of Labor when men and women have the same jobs with same experience level. Women are highly educated and skilled employees. We can take responsibility for ourselves and do not need government involved in our work life!" Said Rep Regina Birdsell, Hampstead.

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