Pelham - Windham News October 8, 2010 - 7
Rick Okerman, Candidate for State Representative
Recently, I attended a budget seminar. What was made clear is that New Hampshire is in the midst of a serious fiscal crisis. We need fiscally responsible leadership that will control
spending, minimize taxes, and reduce the deficit so that the next generation will not be forced to pay for today’s mistakes. So many aspects of
the “New Hampshire Advantage” are at risk, and this is especially true when it comes to spending and taxes. Over the past four years, we have witnessed our state budget increase by approximately 24 percent. This out-of-control spending has burdened us with an increase in
over 60 taxes and fees. This cash grab was not enough to satisfy the spending frenzy, and now we are facing a historic deficit. In just a few short years, we have spent our surplus and started borrowing to pay for this massive spending increase. We can no longer afford to balance our budget with money borrowed and one-time revenues such as bailouts from the federal government. I believe a conservative approach is the best
way to protect the economic stability and well being of New Hampshire working families and businesses. During this climate of economic uncertainty, we need to restore fiscal responsibility to Concord. Whatever else we debate, common sense must prevail on fiscal matters. We can’t spend more than our revenues. Please vote for fiscally responsible representation on November 2.
John Knowles Announces Candidacy for State Representative
John Knowles has announced that he is a candidate for reelection to the NH House of Representatives for Hillsborough County District 27 – Pelham, Hudson, and Litchfield. Representative Knowles was first elected to the NH House in 2006, following 15 years of public service in Hudson: Budget
Committee, School Board, and Library Trustee (Chair). During the past four years, he served on the House Labor, Industrial, and Rehabilitative Services committee. During his two terms, the Labor Committee had primary responsibility for a number of important bills, including: increasing the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years; the WARN Act, which now requires companies to give their employees notice before major layoffs or closings; and the New Hampshire Working Program, which is helping companies avoid layoffs and unemployed workers get back to work. Other bills passed by the committee (and ultimately by the Legislature) included clarifying circumstances when part-time employees (such as those caring for disabled family members) would be eligible for unemployment compensation, and
guarantees for employees’ freedom of speech. Representative Knowles also supported important actions in other areas, including: the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to fight air pollution and global warming; the Renewable Energy Act, which aims to get 25 percent of the state’s energy from renewable sources by 2025; and addressing the rising cost of health insurance for small businesses with the NH Health First program.
If reelected, Representative Knowles will focus on further progress in the following areas: • Education funding: making state “adequacy” funding work fairly for everyone in the state. The legislature has finally defined an “adequate education,” developed an estimate of its cost, and created a constitutional funding plan. However, some towns, especially Litchfield and Derry, were seriously harmed by the new funding formula. We must correct that inequity.
• Reform of the NH Retirement System: refining the few rough spots left over from the past session to make sure that the fund remains stable and solvent into the future.
• Improve the environment for small business in the state.
• Safeguard our natural resources for future generations. For more information, please contact Representative Knowles at 880-4908 or by e-mail at johnk.kn
Ken Blevens, Libertarian Candidate for U.S. Senate
Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate is the other choice in this election. The bipartisan choice (the two major party candidate) is now making excuses for the high unemployment, large debt, and
continued deficit facing the country, claiming
that this time they will fix the problems. These are the same candidates that are often referred to as the lesser of two evils. One candidate proposes tax credits that are no more than mini stimulus packages that are only feel-good solutions. This candidate also proposes the Granny D amendment to stop corporate corruption. The other candidate’s proposal for a balanced budget amendment will do nothing to reduce the $13 trillion debt. Factually, we need to do much more and actually reduce the debt, not just balance the budget. Rightfully, the debt and the budget are one in the same.
A start in the right direction would be far less interference through regulation by the federal government regarding the operation of small businesses. No cap and trade, and permanently extend the Bush tax cuts. As an incentive to business, I would propose legislation to repeal all the minimum wage laws. The effect of this will be to allow small and large business to compete and not have to move to Mexico and other countries that have no minimums. Wages should always
Kristi St. Laurent Announces Campaign for District 19 State Senate Seat
Kristi St. Laurent announces Phase Two of her campaign for New Hampshire’s 19th District Senate seat, following the uncontested Democratic primary election September 14. The campaign Website is www.StLaurentforSenate. com.
“I am excited to run for the senate seat in District 19,” said St. Laurent. “These are tough times for people and businesses all across our state. And as our economy begins to recover, we need to make sure that there are responsible voices balancing the state budget, keeping taxes low, and moving New Hampshire forward.” “As a member of the Planning Board and through my involvement in various community organizations, I have the background to be a strong voice in the State House for the taxpayers of Derry, Hampstead, and Windham,” she continued.
St. Laurent is a former resident of Derry,
graduate of Pinkerton Academy (1985), and has lived in Windham for the past 11 years with her husband Rob and three children. She was elected to the Windham Planning Board in March after two years as an alternate member. She is a Physical Therapist by training, with a Masters of Science degree and 20 years of professional experience. Currently, she practices at the Northeast Rehab Hospital in Salem. St. Laurent also serves as the director of Children’s Ministry for her church.
“District 19 is a heavily Republican District, making a run as a Democrat challenging. But I am not a typical politician—party affiliation is a starting point, not an ending point in my decision-making. What I have heard from voters is that they would love lower
taxes, but they also want to trust that their taxes are being spent wisely,” she said.
“I work hard for my
paycheck, just like everyone else. I don’t want to see good money thrown to waste in inefficient programs—and government should keep to a reasonable budget just as we all have to. Finding balance and value in our spending choices is essential.” “I am looking forward to meeting with everyone in Derry, Hampstead, and Windham between now and November, and I hope to earn their trust, their support, and their vote on November 2,” she concluded.
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be a voluntary contractual agreement between an employee and employer. By keeping these businesses here, it would generate more tax revenue and help eliminate deficit spending, and could even produce a profit and reduce the debt. War in Afghanistan: Factually, Afghanistan is a model of what the founders imagined this country to be with very little central government. Our present interventionist policies are only creating distain for ourselves. I therefore would support an immediate orderly withdrawal of all our military. Climate Change is a fact; the cause is the question. As of today, there are questions on the source of the material collected. Without verifiable information, I would be inclined to believe that climate change is not caused exclusively by human activity. Second Amendment: I support the second amendment – the right to bear arms – and will vote to repeal any law that infringes on that right. Abortion: I am pro-choice and do not believe
government should be involved; it is strictly between the woman and the father. I would
very much appreciate your vote November 2 - Libertarian Candidate for U.S. Senate Ken Blevens.
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