SAU 2 budget finalization

by Skip December 22, 2014

There are a few activists out there that just record the stuff that generally either don’t get covered by the local media or scantily at best.  In smaller towns, this is especially true.  From time to time we get such videos to post – and we’re happy to become a hub where stuff gets such […]

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Dear Senator Ayotte – A Simple Yes Or No Please.

by Steve MacDonald December 18, 2014
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A Letter from a reader to NH US Senator Kelly Ayotte Senator Ayotte: I’d like to remind you that the NH State motto, the state you purport to represent, is “Live Free Or Die”.  Live Free from the tyranny of Government, not without government, but with the liberty of the people.  Taking more and more […]

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Washington’s Budget Betrays the American People

by Don December 17, 2014

Washington Democrats and Republicans just passed a budget that rewards the special interests at the expense of the American people.  Senators Ayotte and Shaheen and Congresswoman Kuster voted for the special interests.  Congresswoman Shea-Porter voted for the people over the special interests. The budget was created by the political party establishments, including President Obama, Speaker […]

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Representative of Shawn Jasper’s financial accumen?

by Skip December 9, 2014

A lot of the LSRs are now viewable here; these are the placeholders for NH bills that our lawmakers in the NH House and Senate wish to bring forward and enact into law.  One of them was put in by Democrat appointed Speaker Shawn Jasper: 2015-H-0019-R     allowing municipalities to borrow funds from any fund controlled by […]

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Democrat Lies About NH and The Budget

by Steve MacDonald October 29, 2014
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Great letter by Fred Rice c/o Tim Condon at “Why New Hampshire?” There have been several recent specific instances of Democrats in Hampton lying and distorting facts. It’s easy to tell that they are coordinating their lies, since they all use the same targets, the same language and the same inaccurate figures and claims. And […]

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NH’s Exec Branch Does Its Impression of Dr. Carl Sagan With Your Money

by Steve MacDonald October 19, 2014
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Charlie Arlinghaus Instead, right now – before the election – everyone who wants to help control the budget and our current spending problem should tell us their target for spending. Last fiscal year was $5 billion. Do you intend to increase that amount? Will the current tax rates support any increase or do you have […]

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GrokTALK! – How NH Taxpayers Can Save 2 Billion Dollars

by Steve MacDonald October 15, 2014
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We do eventually get to Maggie Hassan’s proposed budget expansion, but not before Mike and I bring up Democrat Renny Cushing’s proposed sexual consent bill. We then move on to NH Democrat John White insulting low income voters, then discuss the minimum wage and the value of accumulating entry level experience on the road to […]

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When a “Surplus” is not a surplus…

by JR Hoell October 8, 2014

Recently, “His Excellency” [NH constitution Part Second, Art 41: ] Governor Margaret Hassan proudly proclaimed that we had a budget surplus. Here She pontificates about how well her administration has done. HOWEVER, within a very short two days, the “Kool Aid® drinking binge” had completely worn off and Governor Margaret Hassan sent out this press […]

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Andrew Hemingway – NH Needs Creative Solutions

by Steve MacDonald June 6, 2014
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Union Leader – NH needs creative solutions… It is time we start looking at our budget process in a different way. Putting a little bandage on a giant wound doesn’t heal it; it just hides the wound for a moment. That has been our state’s approach to our budget woes the past 10 years. If […]

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GrokSHOT! – Gilford School Board decides it is above the normal SB2 Legislative process…

by Skip June 3, 2014

…by which the Gilford School Board develops its budget, submits it to the Budget Committee (which can change that budget), and the budget prepared by the BudCom is presented to the Gilford Taxpayers at the NH SB2 mandated “Public Hearing” so that the townfolk can ask questions about the budget (and hurl invectives if it […]

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Data Point – Veterans Administration Budget increases 1998 – 2013

by Skip May 31, 2014

This is in response to Jon Hopwood’s allegation that Republicans were cutting the Veterans Administration budget: “ Inflation-adjusted federal spending on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has increased 92.2%  in the last 10 years, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement, climbing from $73.3 billion in fiscal 2003 (in constant 2014 dollars) to $140.9  billion in […]

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New Hampshire’s Version of ‘Hassanpfeffer’ Has “Turkey” In It

by Steve MacDonald May 23, 2014
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Hasanpfeffer is rabbit stew.  In New Hampshire we have something different.  It is called ‘Hassanpfeffer.’  It is made with a New Hampshire Democrat, “Turkey,” and hypocrisy. Governor Maggie Hassan, your typical light-weight, two-faced tax and spend liberal, has discovered that contrary to Democrat party talking points the economy is not that hot.  In response to […]

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Best Interest – for who?

by Skip April 30, 2014

From the Union Leader concerning the MET / Hospital tax ruled unconstitutional (emphasis mine, reformatted): CONCORD — Senate President Chuck Morse says a short-term fix is needed to address a recent court ruling that the state’s tax on hospitals is unconstitutional.  Speaking Tuesday at a Senate Ways and Means Committee meeting, the Salem Republican said […]

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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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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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