If only more NH School Boards would do this – I know mine in Gilford doesn’t

by Skip September 24, 2017

In fact, mine operates on a philosophy of “let’s get away with as much as we can and spend it” – but more as we go along during our budget season.  No, this post is about one that did the right thing – “Huzzah!” to the Conway School Board (reformatted, emphasis mine): CONWAY — Conway […]

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NH Fiscal Policy Institute Hides Good News Behind What May Not Even be Bad News

by Steve MacDonald August 8, 2017

In a recent report the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) hems and haws its way through potential fiscal decline couched in “mights and maybes” and then (Surprise!) we get “substantially more” in paragraph four. While the preliminary accrual revenues for SFY 2017 show no growth over SFY 2016’s preliminary accrual numbers, the figures do […]

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But Chris, if it’s THAT important…

by Skip June 15, 2017

Emphasis mine, reformatted: Sununu presses Trump officials for continued funding of NH programs In a series of meetings with top Trump administration officials on Monday, Gov. Chris Sununu pressed for continued funding of environmental and education programs that are targeted for cuts in the President’s budget, but considered essential for New Hampshire. “ Essential, eh? absolutely […]

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Laconia Prepared to sell Land to Backstop Teachers Contract Even After Cuts

by Steve MacDonald June 11, 2017

For the second year in a row, Laconia has to slash spending to make the teachers payroll. Nearly $900,000 in spending cuts will allow the Laconia School District to come close to funding the first year of a new teacher contract, the School Board was told during a budget presentation on Tuesday night. Cuts include eliminating […]

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Someone in the NH Senate Got a Phone Call About their Revenue Estimates

by Steve MacDonald May 24, 2017

Back on May 17th, the New Hampshire Senate Ways and Means Committee produced revenue estimates $14 million below what the House handed to them. By May 21st, they had changed their mind. In an unusual move, the Senate Ways and Means Committee opted to revisit the revenue estimates for the General and Education Trust Funds […]

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TANSTAAFL – and Oregon is starting to learn that “free money” ain’t free

by Skip May 1, 2017

SHOT: Oregon lawmakers consider ending Medicaid expansion to shore up budget. Democratic lawmakers in Oregon are considering ending the state’s Medicaid expansion in an effort to address a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. The state’s Ways and Means committee, which includes both senators and representatives, suggested cutting Medicaid expansion in an effort to curb Oregon’s $1.6 billion budget […]

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Vote on Wendesday to Nearly Double Funding for Abortion Clinics

by Steve MacDonald April 4, 2017

The NH House is set to vote Wednesday, April 5, on a state budget which dramatically increases funding to “family planning” facilities (aka abortion clinics). While Gov. Hassan appropriated $1,168 412 in 2016, and Governor Sununu proposed a budget with $1,757,774 in family planning funding, the House Finance Committee is proposing $2,017,643 in 2018. THIS IS […]

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Press Release: CNHT – The New Hampshire Budget

by Steve MacDonald March 30, 2017

For Immediate Release Coalition of NH Taxpayers 8 North Main St #4 Concord NH 03301 March 29, 2017 Concord, NH — The House deadline to pass a budget is April 6th, and the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers is very concerned. Over the past four years, we have seen a net increase under Gov. Hassan […]

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Republicans: formerly the Party of LESSER government. Now, how to tell them from the Dems?

by Skip March 29, 2017

First off, NH: As it currently stands, the budget will exceed $12 billion for the first time ever. The cost of running state government will be about $9,000 for every man, woman, and child in NH. Is your family getting its money’s worth? Can you afford to pay your share? Here are the numbers from the last budget […]

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Al Letizio Jr. & Dennis Senibaldi – is this one reason why they are trying to swing Windhams School Board race?

by Skip March 16, 2017

It certainly seems that way – it is clear that Al Letizio Jr. and Dennis Senibaldi don’t want ‘Grok friend Ken Eyring (the current Chair) re-elected to the Windham School Board.  Those two, and their Good Ole’ Boys (regardless of gender) seemed to treat that Board as their own fiefdom.  Once elected to the Board […]

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Trump Wants to Zero Out EPA Global Warming Programs

by Steve MacDonald March 4, 2017

Mr. Trump’s plans for EPA look to make deep cuts to their budget. (Daily Caller) The White House is pushing for significant cuts to EPA programs and staff levels, giving a glimpse of how the Trump administration plans on devolving more control to the states. The budget plan sent from the Office of Management and […]

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The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald February 28, 2017

  FairUS.org H/T Jane Cormier c/o Susan Olsen

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Democrats Said Business Tax Cuts in NH Would “Throw The Budget Off” by $100 Million, and They Were Right

by Steve MacDonald February 1, 2017

Remember when Democrats said that the Republicans proposed business tax cuts would lead to a budget shortfall? They were hyperbolic in their pronouncements. Doom. Gloom. Calling the proposal dishonest in what it pays for, Hassan blasted the GOP spending plan, saying corporate tax cuts to businesses based out of state would leave the budget out […]

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That 130 Million Dollar NH Budget Surplus?

by Steve MacDonald January 18, 2017

We brought in revenue above projections but someone already spent it. A projected end-of-year surplus, previously estimated as high as $130 million, does not exist, [Sununu] said. “I’m not sure if it ever existed. When we got in and started looking at the numbers, it’s just not there. We have had some favorable numbers on […]

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65 Million Dollar Hole Appears in New Hampshire’s DHHS Budget – Unexpetedly

by Steve MacDonald January 14, 2017

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is reporting a $65 million dollar hole in its budget. The only people who didn’t see this coming were lawmakers who supported and expanded Medicaid and DHHS. Everyone else, you, me, us, knew that this expansion would create costs that would threaten the New Hampshire advantage of no […]

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Rindge Select-Woman Roberta Oeser Scheming to Circumvent Voters.

by Steve MacDonald October 21, 2016

Rindge Selectwoman Roberta Oeser scheming to circumvent the voters. “She is on the verge of violating RSA 31:95-b. She wants new cops in town so bad, she is willing to bypass the voters and just hide it in the budget so we cannot vote on this particular issue.” c/o Larry Cleveland – YouTube

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M.I.A. Maggie

by Steve MacDonald October 15, 2016

  Forwarded to me by NH State Senator Kevin Avard. CONCORD – In today’s Union Leader, State Senator Regina Birdsell penned an op-ed criticizing Governor Maggie Hassan for her lack of focus on key projects that will help New Hampshire. Read the entire op-ed here or check out the excerpts below: “Gov. Maggie Hassan has […]

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Avard questions $3.7 million in unspent funds for DD-waitlist in FY ‘16

by Steve MacDonald October 10, 2016

Concord, NH – Today, Senator Kevin Avard (R-Nashua) issued the following statement after learning there are $3.7 million in unspent funds for Developmental Disabilities Waitlist in FY 16, with 166 citizens still waiting for services according to the latest dashboard issued in July. This information came to light as part of the Agency Requests submitted […]

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Interactive Look at NH Revenue 2015-2016

by Steve MacDonald August 19, 2016
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The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute may well be just another government shill among many but they get points for this interactive map of New Hampshire Revenue by month. Hover to see totals, tabs offer different views, and you can select radio buttons (upper right) to filter for a specific revenue stream. <a href=’http://www.nhfpi.org/resources/data-viz/state-revenues-receive-two-thumbs-fy-2016-performance.html’><img alt=’ […]

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Massachusetts: Let’s Punch a $100 Million Dollar Hole in The State Budget

by Steve MacDonald April 29, 2016
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The Massachusetts State Senate voted 32-2 this week to make it illegal to sell cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21. The move follows local laws in several towns that already prohibit sales to those under 21. Experts suggest that taking the rule statewide will reduce the number of smokers in the Bay State […]

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So where’s the less expensive, smaller government, deficit busting GOP in DC again?

by Skip January 27, 2016

60 percent of Republican voters feel “betrayed” by the party’s political leadership They campaigned for getting majorities in the US House (where appropriations and tax bills start) and the US Senate.  They campaigned on smaller Government.  They promised to stop Obama’s expansion of Government.  They railed against piling up more deficit spending.  They promised to […]

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From SAU 55 Productions – HCS Renovation and Construction Project

by Steve MacDonald January 22, 2016
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This is the now infamous Hamsptead Central School video. It’s like a shiny mailer in your mailbox but it talks to you. This is also the source of the sniper threat claims to which Hampstead School Budget Committee Jorge Meas-Tejada was responding. As you watch this ask yourself how it was paid for and by whom because […]

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“The last gasping breath of a disgraced bipartisan Beltway establishment on the verge of collapse”

by Steve MacDonald November 2, 2015
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Sen. Lee is speaking to you Sen. Ayotte, or as Susan likes to call you, Sen. McWhyNotte. “The bill is a product of an unfair, dysfunctional, and fundamentally undemocratic process, a process that is virtually indistinguishable from what we promised the American people a GOP-controlled Congress would bring to an end. We made that promise, […]

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Hassan’s Budget Veto is Hurting New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald September 8, 2015
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Citizens for a Strong NH has a message for Governor Maggie ‘Vetoed the Budget’ Hassan. That budget veto is hurting New Hampshire. Press release on the jump.

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Hassan’s Budget Con-promise.

by Steve MacDonald July 26, 2015
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Governor Hassan opposed a reduction in New Hampshire business taxes. No tax cuts for those big out-of-state companies, she said. That’s not fair. I won’t sign that budget. She did not. Thursday she, and a gaggle of Democrats, went public with an alternative. In exchange for the proposed reduction in business taxes from the legislature’s […]

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And they can’t kick Ted Cruz around over this: Congress headed for potential shutdown as GOP admits spending bills stalled

by Skip July 25, 2015

Yup.  The Republican Leadership really has but one job to do – pass the bills that fund and direct spending of the Federal Government.  Not even this can they do right, it seems.  One job to do – and with majorities in both parts of Congress, what’s their excuse (reformatted, emphasis mine)? Congress won’t get its […]

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Will Gov. Hassan Shut Down State Government?

by Steve MacDonald June 25, 2015
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Gov. Hassan has threatened to veto the state budget but..“If you look at the past history of (New Hampshire) governors vetoing budgets…they all lost their next election.” The New Hampshire state budget gets a final vote in the Republican-majority Legislature this week, a deal hammered out between the chambers in a committee of conference. But […]

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GrokTALK! – NH Gov. Plays DC Politics With State Budget

by Steve MacDonald June 21, 2015
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AFP New Hampshire state Director Greg Moore joins us to discuss the real numbers on the New Hampshire budget and whether Governor Maggie Hassan can actually veto the state budget and survive politically. Listen to the entire program here Follow us on YouTube,USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with you oniTunes, iHeart Radio, Spreaker,TuneIn, […]

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‘Cause them votes don’t buy themselves…

by Susan Olsen June 21, 2015

“It [the proposed state budget] will make college tuition more expensive. It will hurt our ability to ensure that workers can access health care without financial ruin. It will lead to unplowed, unsafe roads for commuters and businesses. And it will not adequately address substance misuse, even as we are in the midst of a […]

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Contracts, Payrolls, and School Budgets

by Steve MacDonald May 18, 2015
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Public School budgets are increasingly swallowed up by payroll and benefits (The high cost of labor). Jorge Mesa-Tejada joins to talk about contracts and how School Boards are responsible for such inflated budgets. Listen to the entire podcast here Follow us on YouTube,USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with you on iTunes, iHeart Radio, […]

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