Pelham - Windham News 4 - June 18, 2010
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Legislative Carolyn Webber
by Carolyn Webber
In the special session for House Bill 1-FN-A, a bill which was crafted using a committee of conference report from House Bill 1128, the bill was passed by the House. The Committee worked very hard and put in long hours to get the final product. Because we are a part of the national and world economic conditions, everybody in New Hampshire needed to be part of the budget solution. Everyone agreed that the budget was not a good one, but it was needed to help relieve the $300 million 2010 deficit. Some major items in the bill:
• Taking money from LCHIP. • Taking money from RGG I to reimburse the general fund for expenses incurred to reduce greenhouse gases and regulating and implementing RGG I.
• Repeal of the interest and dividend tax extension to LLCs.
• Transfer funds from the public boat access fund.
• A tobacco tax on non-cigarette products.
• Transfer land from the Liquor Commission to highways as part of an effort to develop franchises at the visitor center in Hooksett.
• Increase the flexibility for DHHS to transfer funds.
• There was $187 million for one-time Legislative A Final Budget Update
events, $44 million for lapses and sweeps, $3 million in taxes and fees, and $52 million in appropriation adjustments. The vote for the budget bill was 177
yeas and 167 nays. I did not vote for it because there were too many cuts to Health and Human Services, shifting of money from 2011 to the 2010 year budget, and drawing of money from certain dedicated funds. There were several committees and commissions formed for studies. I felt it was a band- aid fix. We are borrowing from Peter to pay Paul, nickel and diming the taxpayers, and there wasn’t a sustainable source of revenue in the bill. It may help this year’s budget crisis, but next year will be the same story. I hope to be back next year to help resolve this issue. The party leaders on both sides and the Committee of Conference rejected the gaming bill, as did a House vote. SB 1-FN-LOCAL (the Gambling Bill) lost by 50 votes. Gaming would not have fixed everything, but it sure would have helped. Now, the Senate has to approve the bill. Comments expressed in the Legislative Update column are the sole views of your state legislators and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the staff or ownership of the newspaper or its advertisers.
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My name is Jane Lang. I live in Salem. I am announcing my candidacy for the New Hampshire State House of Representatives from District 4, representing the towns of Salem and Windham, in the November 2, 2010 election.
I will be reaching out to you, my neighbors, one voter at a time in the coming months. I have a passion for social justice and human rights, along with lots of good common sense. I believe it’s important to listen to the voters and bring their voices to the table when making the decisions that affect their lives. I have a strong will for advocacy and willingness to do what’s right for our communities. I want to be your Voice. “Your cause is my voice—let us work together” is my promise and my campaign slogan. I am interested in bringing our communities together.
Families and their children are my concern. Education, recreation for our children, and a connection to healthy living are important to me. One way I am putting my initiative into reality is the Salem Farmers Market (SFM), a project I am putting together with Chris Dillon, Director of the Salem Town Recreation Department, debuting July 21 at Hedgehog Park. SFM will be a place for families to come, enjoy conversation with their neighbors, and purchase local, farm-grown products for their families. Sustaining a quality of life for our communities. On a personal note, I’m proud to be a mother and a wife and to have worked in various career fields since I was 15. My background has been in business administration with a career in academics as program administrator for the MBA and MPP graduate programs at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Today, at age 62, I fully recognize the endless values of hard work, and I’m eager to begin working as your next State Representative. I am organized, focused, and committed to my goals, and challenge myself to consider all options before making a decision based on fact and reason. I respect individual beliefs and rights and the American spirit in embracing diversity and debate. Being an American gives us choices. This is why we have religious freedom, freedom of speech, and the right to vote on our democratic principles. I hope you will take this journey with me as I venture out to make our communities better for all and to advocate for the people of Salem and Windham at our Statehouse in Concord. It’s about our needs, not our parties. To learn more or join my campaign, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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What You Should Expect from the Census Bureau
The 2010 Census will continue through the summer visiting households across the country to collect their information. However, not everyone knows that Census Bureau representatives visit or call a sample of households to collect information for a variety of important surveys administered throughout the decade. In an effort to avoid confusion, I would like to clarify these operations. For the 2010 Census, our enumerators are visiting housing units from which we did not receive a form, we did not receive a form in time to update census workers’ assignments, or we received a form that requires verification. Enumerators will ask for your information, even if you state that you mailed back a form in order to ensure the accuracy of the count.
number of other surveys, such as the American Community Survey and the National Health Interview Survey. These surveys provide invaluable data about a variety of topics, including health, education, income, employment, and disability, that guide representatives of your community and organizations to make more informed decisions about vital services for our nation. Please call 1-800-562-5721 to learn if you are in a survey. It is easy to identify a 2010 Census enumerator or field representative. He or she will have a census ID badge that contains a Department of Commerce seal and will provide supervisor and/or office contact information for verification, if asked. Field representatives have photo IDs and use a computer to facilitate the collection of data. Census workers will not contact individuals by e-mail, but may do so by phone. In addition, they will not ask about immigration status or for bank account or credit card numbers. Remember that your responses to either the 2010 Census or any ongoing survey are protected by federal law and cannot be shared with any agency or person.
Please, step up and be counted now in the 2010 Census. If your household is selected for a survey, please participate to help us collect vital information that will help your community receive its fair share of federal funding, representation, and effective planning. I appreciate your cooperation.
Kathleen Ludgate, Regional Director, U.S. Census Bureau - Boston, MA
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… I have found myself too many times having to choose between the lesser of two evils. So I’ve come to the conclusion that the most important votes that I can cast is during the primaries—so that the candidates that represent my views and values will have a better chance of being on the ballot in November. To become more informed about who is running, I recently attended a small meeting to listen to a candidate that was running for U.S. Senate. After his speech, the candidate spoke with me off to the side one-on-one for more than 45 minutes to share his views and answer my questions on many issues. The experience was educational and enlightening. Since then, I have personally met and spoke with, at length, several other candidates that are running for state and local office. It was easy to do, not very time- consuming, and I was surprised to find that all of the candidates have welcomed the opportunity to speak face to face with interested voters. On July 1, between 7 and 9 p.m., there will be an opportunity for all of us to meet and speak with two candidates that are running for office: Ovide Lamontagne, who is running for U.S. Senate, and Bob Guida, who is running for Congressman in District 2. This event is being hosted by Ted Maravelias at 34
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