Budget

Guest post by NH State Rep Jane Cormier: To Fund or Not to Fund

by Skip March 12, 2014

Note: emphasis by ME (not Jane). The Belknap County Delegation has been working to put together a fair and equitable budget for our citizens.  Unfortunately, there have been those who seek to demonize the conservative majority for their desire to prepare a fair and fiscally conservative budget.  The hysterical hyperbole from Rep. Ruth Gulick and […]

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Belknap County Convention – last budget meeting

by Skip March 6, 2014

To say that the Belknap County Convention’s budget meetings have been contentious is like calling a hunger crazed tiger a kitty cat.  Yelling, sulking, obstruction, power struggles, Liberals hating the Conservatives who were given the power by the people, Govt employees demanding more from the taxpayers, lawsuits by the Commissioners against the NH State Reps […]

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The Democrat Position on Funding the Government is WHAT!?

by Steve MacDonald October 10, 2013
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Obama – “Republicans must come to a deal to fund the entire government” Yeah. There’s a name for that.  It’s called a Budget! House Republicans have produced several in recent years, all of them scuttled or shelved by Harry Reid, Obama’s anointed head-poo bah for the “shutdown” caucus, and leader in the same Democrat Senate […]

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NH Democrats Love/Hate Relationship with the Most Recent Republican State Budget

by Steve MacDonald October 8, 2013
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Democrats railed on Republicans and mercilessly chided them to spend-spend-spend in 2013, but they wouldn’t do it.   In the end the Democrats caved, more or less duplicating the previous ‘O’Brien Budget’ with some minor cost-of-living adjustments. Democrats got nothing they really wanted, but after they swallowed that bitter pill the only think left to do […]

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Spin

by Steve MacDonald October 1, 2013

Observe the Spin. Harry Reid has blocked every budget for four years running.  The Democrat Senate has obstructed every effort to manage the fiscal needs of the nation in an orderly manner.  The only things that get action are politically driven, press-headline grabbing, last minute, temporary resolutions and machinations about raising the debt ceiling.

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Tell Jeanne Shaheen: Stop Pointing Fingers And Pass a Frikkin Budget

by Steve MacDonald September 10, 2013
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After posting this, I had to come up with something of my own.

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On Budgets, Uncivil NH Democrats, And How They Still Don’t Trust You With Your Own Money

by Steve MacDonald June 27, 2013

On page A2 of the “Manchester Paper” there is a long write up about the nearly unanimous support for the new state budget.  If you read it with a discerning eye and ear, however, something becomes obvious.   While Republicans are quoted as happy with the results and view the budget as a responsible reflection of […]

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Hassan-a-Saurous Bugetus Excalmitous Ignoramus Overexaggeratus

by Steve MacDonald June 3, 2013

Grant Bosse has a great piece over at NH Watchdog that addresses the hyperbole of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan on the state budget and its priorities.  Hassan has decided to ignore the striking similarities between her budget, the House version, and the Senate version, and has instead chosen to release her talking points to […]

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New Hampshire State Senate Nixes Medicaid Expansion in Budget

by Steve MacDonald May 23, 2013

By a vote of 4 – 2 Senate budget writes have ‘Just said No’ to the proposed Medicaid expansion option tied to the “Eliminate Any Hope Of Affordable Care Act,” frequently misrepresented as the ‘Affordable Care Act,’ or ObamaCare.  Speaking for the majority, State Senate Majority Leader Peter Bragdon, who happens to be State Senator, said something incredibly intelligent. […]

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May 11th GrokTALK! Guest Segment – Greg Moore from AFP-NH

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2013

Mike and Steve continue their conversion with Greg Moore, the state director for AFP-NH.   In segment Two they move on to Medicaid funding in the New Hampshire budget, the failure of Medicaid in general, UNH sabbaticals, Lobbying,  funding, conferences, SB 11 (expanded intermunicipal water districts), and more… Download this segment with Greg Moore here […]

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May 11th GrokTALK! Segment One – Steve, Mike, and Greg Moore Arrives Early…

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2013

Mike and Steve start the segment with the IRS admitting that they targeted Conservative and TEA Party groups but once Greg Moore, the state director for AFP-NH arrives early, they move on to the proposed 67% Gas Tax increase and some under-reported (un-reported?) issues with the New Hampshire State budget. Listen Here Download this segment here […]

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From the Desk of Representative William O’Brien

by Steve MacDonald May 10, 2013

From the Desk of Representative William O’Brien If you don’t think that State Government should grow at 5% a year while the economy is growing at 2% a year, resulting in a two-year 10.2% increase in state spending, $263 million in new taxes, $31 million in revenue overestimates, $7 million in cost downshifting to local […]

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Deficit – What Deficit?

by Steve MacDonald May 8, 2013

The party that is bringing civility ( see here, here, here, here, here, here (sigh) here, here, a big one right here,…) ran on the idea that the New Hampshire Republican House and Senate was leaving New Hampshire with a deficit, a presumption only “slightly” less dishonest than the notion that Democrats are civil, or half as […]

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There is No Ball

by Steve MacDonald May 3, 2013

Do New Hampshire Democrats have their priorities straight?  Think about it.  The economy is creeping along.  No one is projecting even moderate growth.  Employment is likely to remain flat which means unemployment is as well.   All in all, the best we can hope for, according to all the ‘experts’ is to drift along for a while.  So what […]

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Is the NH Economy So Good That We Can Afford To Grow State Government by 16%?

by Steve MacDonald April 2, 2013

I know what you were thinking while you were paying almost four dollars a gallon for gas, or looking at your utility or cable bill, or thinking about how much more it costs to do the grocery shopping these days.  You were thinking, “Hey, times are so good, lets grow the size of the state government by […]

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AFP-NH Says Hassan’s Budget is “Counterproductive to Job Creation and Economic Growth.”

by Steve MacDonald March 12, 2013

AFP-NH’s Greg Moore observed recently that NH Governor Maggie Hassan’s Budget is bad for growth and and burdens small businesses. Hassan spokesman Marc Goldberg responded, “The governor’s balanced budget proposal begins restoring critical investments in the priorities needed to create good jobs and build a more innovative economic future, such as higher education, economic development, […]

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Ruth Gulick – A Belknap County Democrat Morality Tale

by Steve MacDonald March 7, 2013
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Democrats say the darnedest things.  Take NH House Rep Ruth Gulick (D- Aesop’s Fables), whom Skip recorded at a recent Belknap county budget meeting.  Ruth shared a little morality tale with those present, with regard to budgets and responsibility. In Ruth’s version the county taxpayers have a moral responsibility to the employees whom they pay.  That responsibility includes ensuring that the […]

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Even if it Causes Americans to Suffer, Defeating Republicans is Obama’s Priority

by Don February 25, 2013

President Obama and the fawning mainstream media want you to think that the “sequester” and the harsh “sequester” cuts are being forced on him by others. These are deliberate falsehoods. The “sequester” was President Obama’s idea to pretend concern, in anticipation of his re-election campaign, for our huge deficits by agreeing to future (small, less […]

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More on the dreaded Sequester Numbers – Department of Defense (aka-Big Obama screw-up)

by Skip February 9, 2013

Is this the equivalent of threatening local police, firemen, and teachers? I showed the overall impact of what the Sequester will have on our current Federal budget here.  As you see, the answer is almost negligible.  Today on Fox was a snippet of Secretary of Defense Leon Pannetta testifying to Congress on what the Sequester […]

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Notable Quote: NH House Rep John Burt

by Steve MacDonald January 23, 2013

  “Why are we not working on the budget and new jobs for NH.  No the first thing they (NH Democrats) do is gun control for NH, raise the beer tax, vehicle registration fee increase of $30.00 to $50.00 per vehicle in your driveway, gas tax increase of 20%…”

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Blood and Water – The Return of Democrat Rule in New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald November 29, 2012

Skip broke the news (on the Grok) about New Hampshire State Government’s department heads making budget requests that would increase state spending by 26% in 2013.  If you had any delusions about who or what state agencies represent, you just got your answer. It ain’t you.  It’s them. In the current economy, with no regard […]

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Didn’t He Pledge To Cut the Deficit In Half By Now? What Went Wrong?

by Scott Morales August 22, 2012

Four years ago, President Obama said,  “… I’m pledging to cut the deficit, we inherited, by half by the end of my first term in office”. (See for yourself, at about 1:30 in.) Reported today:  “The Congressional Budget Office made it official today, projecting a $1 trillion-plus budget deficit for the fourth straight year”. What […]

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Mysterious Folder Conundrum

by Tom August 13, 2012

Suppose you fall in love with someone who is good looking, well groomed, and has lots of potential.  Let’s say you two lovebirds decide to get married.  Giddiness and joy all around…congratulations. One day, you are at the supermarket, casually buying grapes (so you can feed them to your love, like they do in the […]

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GrokTV – Jane Cormier for NH House – Questions 9 & 10

by Skip August 8, 2012

Well, it has been a wee bit of time since the last post of our interview series with Jane Cormier (running for the NH House in Belknap 8 – Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton) as we spent half of last week / weekend in Washington DC at the Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream event.  […]

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Ask a New Hampshire Democrat…About Taxing ‘The Rich.’

by Steve MacDonald August 8, 2012

I am willing to bet that almost every New Hampshire Democrat supports the national agenda on taxing corporations and “the rich.”  To paraphrase Kyle Reese from the original Terminator movie, in regard to Democrats raising taxes…  “That’s what they do.  That’s all they do.” The real problem is, of course, spending, which Democrats deny.  “It’s […]

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NH TEA Party Republicans Better At Revenue & Spending Estimates Than Democrats…Again

by Steve MacDonald August 2, 2012

I know… New Hampshire Democrats were losing sleep in hopes of some politically-beneficial revenue numbers, and guess what?  They were politically beneficial….To TEA Party Republicans. The Union Leader is reporting that New Hampshire state revenues were slightly above estimates in July, with solid performances that suggest we are budgeting wisely so that the working families […]

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Regional Protectors or Watermelons?

by Tom July 19, 2012

NRPC Executive Committee Meeting 07-18-12 I, along with about 6 other people, attended the July, 2012 Executive Committee meeting of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC), in an attempt to gain a better understanding of how this “advisory” Regional Planning entity operates. The 9 RPCs in New Hampshire were created as “political subdivisions” in approximately […]

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GrokTV Special Interview – Rick Parent (candidate, Congress NHCD1) – Question 4: Vote yes on bills that would raise the national debt?

by Skip July 19, 2012

The fiscal maw of the US Federal debt crisis is staring us in the face – $16 Trillion dollars and not one peep of a credible plan to pay it back;  All we get is platitudes about winding down the annual deficit of $1 trillion-plus that is plaguing our nation’s future year after year with […]

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GrokTV Event-Granite State Institute of Politics Republican Gov. Debate – Questions 9 – 12

by Skip July 12, 2012

And now for the third set of four questions (list of previous questions and their links after the jump) from the Granite State Institute of Politics Republican Gov. Debate that was hosted by John Burt, questions asked by Speaker Bill O’Brien and  Alex Talcott , and answered by the Candidates for the Republican nomination for […]

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GrokTV Event-Granite State Institute of Politics Republican Gov. Debate – Next Four Questions for the Candidates

by Skip July 12, 2012

Continuing on with the questions from the Granite State Institute of Politics Republican Debate featuring Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith, here are the next four questions: Question 5: “Got my hair cut. Stylist complained about high gas costs. General thoughts on energy costs?” Previous Posts: Live Stream – GrokTV Event: The Granite State Institute of […]

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