Budget

Budgets

“Who serves whom?  Do the Townsfolk Serve their Employees?”

As I wrote here: “who serves whom?  Do the townfolk serve their employees?” Let that set the table for this. It’s not quite a Tale from the BudComm but it has financial ramifications. If it passes. There will be a petition warrant on my hamlet’s ballot which would move the Second Session (the actual voting) …

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UNH

70% Of All Arrests in Durham, NH in 2018 Were UNH Students

Here’s a neat little factoid. According to the Union Leader, “of the people taken into custody (In Durham NH), 675 of the 968 identifiable parties arrested by police in 2018 were enrolled in classes at the university.” That’s almost 70% of all arrests? Have the budget boosters who pimp the fiscal benefits of taxpayer bailouts to …

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Josiah Bartlett: The State of the State is Hot!
Grok: We Need Your Help to Keep It That Way

New Hampshire Democrats come into power with a unique opportunity. The New Hampshire economy is screaming. The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, quoting the State’s annual report, notes that, “In 2018, New Hampshire was no.1 for economic opportunity (US News and World Report); child well-being (Annie E. Carsey Foundation), and, for the fourth year in …

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Grok: We Need Your Help to Keep It That Way
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NH Democrat Susan Almy – Repeal Tax Cuts, Give Fiscal Committee Power To Tax at Will

Longtime New Hampshire Democrat Susan Almy is doing her part to raise taxes.  She’s introduced a legislative proposal to raise taxes on job creators. But she’s also got a bill in the pipeline that would appear to give the Legislative Fiscal Committee taxing powers independent of the Legislature. NHBR is reporting that, Almy’s second bill would …

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Government Shutdown

Shutdown Is Game On as Trump Rejects Funding Bill Over Border Security Concerns

The morning news was replete with tales of a government shutdown averted. The Senate approved a short-term solution to keep some of the government open until February 8th. And no border wall funding. Sighs of relief from some, outrage from others. All spoken too soon. President Trump won’t sign it. He wants action on securing the border now. …

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Oregon Gov’s Kate Brown’s Budget Message – Time to Get the Hell Out Of the Beaver State

Governor Kate Brown’s proposed Oregon State budget looks like a progressive dream. She’s spending like a drunken sailor. Raising taxes and fees. She’s got a four million dollar line item for legal costs to fight with president Trump. Half of that money would go into an “Oregon Defense Fund” and pay for ongoing and forthcoming …

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Keene State College Enrollment Decline Repackaged as ‘Right-Sizing’

Keene State College continues to have enrollment issues. But on a positive note, they’ve made that problem (sort of, kind of) go away by renaming it. The perennial decrease has been relabeled. The ten percent of staff the college had to buy out to avoid firing them outright can rest easy knowing they were ‘Right-sized’ out …

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Democrat State Senators: Granite State Opportunity Plan – A State Budget That Works for Everyone

Yeah…..nope.  Impossible and can’t be done for a few commonsense reasons I’ll list in a few minutes. Unlike the Republicans (and I’ll talk about THAT in a few minutes, too), the Democrats have their plan and their bills all ready on the NH Legislative taxiway ready to take flight.  Take a look at the list …

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Nashua Mayor Asks For 4 Million From Surplus None of it For Commuter Rail

I guess there are bigger priorities in Nashua than “Choo Choo.” Capital equipment. Playgrounds. Sidewalks. A few ‘plants’ to spiffy up the joint. Work on a community center. Repurposing technology and updating an online dashboard so residents can access information from about city projects and initiatives. Like choo choo? Nashua has four million dollars (leftover) and not a penny …

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