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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.

HRA Statement on Minors Possessing Alcohol in Certain Circumstances

Date Issued: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The House Republican Alliance issued a statement on the defeat of HB1436, a bill that would allow minors to being possession of alcohol in certain circumstances. There are at times when the House of Representatives clearly shows that people are not paying attention, or worse, reading even the shortest of bills. That happened today in the House when the Democratic Majority Leader and the Democratic Floor Leader spoke on the house floor about HB1436. Both loudly and proudly proclaimed that they were against underage drinking and therefore could not support HB1436.

"Maybe they should have read the bill," said Hudson Republican Representative Lynne Ober. "This bill provided a few narrow exceptions for those under the age of 21. For example does someone under the age of 21 drive a relative, perhaps a grandmother, to the grocery store and part of that purchase is a bottle of wine (unopened) or a 6 pack of beer. Currently this young driver could be charged with a violation for "transporting liquor" even though that young driver is really transporting a grandmother with her groceries, which do include some unopened item of liquor legally purchased at the grocery store."

The bill does provide exemptions for the use of liquor for medical reasons or for religious reasons. It does not condone or legalize under age drinking and it is curious that two prominent democrats had not read this short bill and yet spoke about it on the floor of the House.
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HRA statement on universal background checks

Date Issued: 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

House Republican Alliance statement on universal background checks

For immediate release
Contact: Pam tucker
531.0085

The House Republican Alliance commented on the defeat of HB1589 a bill designed to provide universal background checks for all gun purchases.

"This bill would not have done anything to prevent criminals who have illegally obtained weapons, from committing heinous crimes. The only people this bill would have affected are the law abiding citizens of our state; make it harder and more expensive for people to purchase self defense. Existing New Hampshire laws already provide for background checks." stated Rep Pamela Tucker- Greenland.

"Today was a good day for law-abiding citizen gun owners in New Hampshire, as this unnecessary and superfluous legislation was retired to the dustbin of history. Granite Staters can rest assured that there are some legislators in Concord who care about their rights, their privacy, and their freedoms," said Rep Dan Tamburello- Londonderry.

HRA statement on in-state tuition for children of illegal aliens

Date Issued: 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Contact: Al Baldasaro
mbaldasaro@comcast.net
603.858.3535

HOUSE REPUBLICAN ALLIANCE ISSUES STATEMENT ON HB474, Allowing instate tuition to certain student.

The House Republican Alliance issued a statement today on the passage of HB474, allowing in state tuition to students of illegal aliens. The bill would give the in -state tuition rate to some students who wish to attend the university system and whose parents have entered the country illegally.

"This is wrong on so many fronts," stated Rep Al Baldasaro- Londonderry. " Students from other states, whose parents have paid taxes and done everything right throughout their child's life are still forced to pay out of state tuition rates, yet because a student's parents broke our laws and entered our country illegally, they get a tuition break . This also opens up the door to take away taxpayers money for $500.00 grants to New Hampshire kids. These students will now be eligible to take grants that could have been applied to legal, instate students."

"I can appreciate that they may have not come to the United States on their own volition, however, it is also unfair to foreign students who are lawfully in the United States on visas. They must pay out of state tuition rate. We are sending a terrible message to these students who follow the rules and pay higher tuition rates. Let them wait until they have applied for legal residency and become citizen, then they can get the in-state tuition rate," Stated Rep. Ralph Boehm- Litchfield.

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