Pelham - Windham News 8 - October 22, 2010
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national debt to balloon. Only when Congress sought to help people that were unemployed or without healthcare did they raise their voices. The wealthiest one percent among us saw their
percentage of the total national income increase over the last 30 years from nine percent to 23 percent. Think of it; almost a quarter of the total national income goes to the wealthiest one percent and the Republicans running for office want to extend the Bush tax cuts to them and will hold the tax rates for the rest of us hostage unless they get their way. It is estimated that extending the tax cuts for wealthiest will significantly increase the nation’s debt; so much for their concern for the debt. By the way, the only president to even approach a balanced budget over the last 30 years was Bill Clinton, when the budget deficit was $0.018 trillion the year before George Bush took office. Note: the national debt figures are based on data from the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Hal Lynde - Pelham
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My name is Jonathan Maltz, and I would be honored to be elected as your state representative in the towns of Hudson, Litchfield, and Pelham. The legislature over the last four years has increased spending at an irresponsible rate, and increased taxes and fees on people at the worst possible economic time. If elected, I will work to balance the state budget without increasing any taxes or fees. I will work to cut and reduce the taxes choking our economy. I have pledged to oppose any sales or income tax, and I will stand by that pledge. The New Hampshire Advantage has been under assault for the last four years, and this state now suffers from some of the highest business taxes in the United States. When a business has the choice of moving to a new location, it is unlikely that it will choose to move to a state with higher taxes. This is unacceptable during the worst economy in decades. The legislature that you elect on November 2 must work to make New Hampshire attractive to businesses considering relocation to or expansion in this state. The Business Enterprise Tax and Business Profits Tax must be cut to give businesses an incentive to create jobs. The legislature must also respect that towns and cities should retain local control of education.
As a resident of Hudson, I currently serve as the Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee. I have long believed in community service, and I am a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hudson, where I recently finished my second term as the club’s President. I am also a member of the Benson Park Landscape Committee and have spent many hours volunteering at the park. I believe that our communities are improved when people volunteer their time to make them a better place. I ask that you vote for me on November 2.
Jonathan Maltz - Hudson Supporting Walter Kolodziej
for State Representative I proudly write this letter of endorsement for Walter
Kolodziej. Walter is a good friend and dedicated State Representative for Salem and Windham. Walter has a strong public service background, having served on several local boards and two highly productive terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Walter’s business experience has proven that he has a strong fiscal background to balance our State’s budget and lead NH into a healthy economic future. He is a steadfast supporter of the I-93 project and will continue to fight for its completion without a gas tax or tolls. Please join me and vote Walter Kolodziej for state Rep
on November 2.
Senator Chuck Morse - Salem Rick Okerman
for State Representative
During this campaign, I have talked with quite a few business owners and they all shared the same sentiment: “it is a very difficult state to do business in.” New Hampshire is the fourth most regulated state in this regard, requiring licenses for 130 job categories; other states average only 92 licenses for occupations. Licensing regulations impose significant costs on employees, business owners, and consumers. Our legislator is continuously licensing more and new occupations, especially entrepreneurial opportunities that are the basis of emerging small business. This is evident by having licensing laws on the books that are seemingly senseless. For example: The Cookie License … you need a license to bake cookies. Bringing New Hampshire inline with the rest of the states and eliminate some of the senseless licensing would certainly help lower costs and improve job growth.
During times of economic uncertainty, you should
never raise business taxes or any taxes. Unfortunately, our majority party did just that by increasing the Campground tax, Limited Liability Company tax (LLC), rooms and meals tax, and unemployment insurance tax. Two of these taxes were so harmful, in fact, that common-sense conservatives were able to get them repealed.
Ninety percent of New Hampshire’s economy is made up of small businesses. I will work to create a “Business Tax”-friendly environment. This will afford businesses more capital to expand and it will attract new businesses to our state. On November 2, please vote for Rick Okerman; I will protect our economy and small businesses from a burdensome government.
Rick Okerman - Windham
What Kind of Republican? In a September 30, 2010, edition of another weekly
On November 2nd Re-elect DiFruscia
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Anthony R. DiFruscia For State Representative
“...(Regarding) providing our children with the best possible education, pro- tecting our environment, adequate health care for our citizens, tax credits for the elderly...Tony has shown that he has the resolve to be a strong advocate for his constituents.”
paper, I read a letter from Margaret McKee Crisler, a one term New Hampshire House of Representative’s Republican who was unseated in the primary. She railed against Republicans that lied about her session attendance, and spent a considerable amount of money on postcards that accused her of voting like a “Democrat.” Margaret is a bright woman who does her research and has served her community in many ways. She has in the past been proud of her bipartisan support from Independent and Democrat voters, so it surprises me that she would back away from her thoughtful positions and publicly support the 2010 Republican ticket. A group of Republicans whose only agenda is to ostracize those people who do not goose-step behind them, including members of their own party. If you are a registered Republican, you had better do a great deal of soul searching before you make your mark on the ballot. There was a time in the not-too-distant past when Republicans and Democrats used to work to resolve issues. While they may not have always agreed, they at least tried to park their bias at the State House door and focus on building state legislation that was in the best interest of all their constituents. Now, it is clear from the slate of NH State House of Representative Republican candidates that Republican ideology has been replaced by exclusionary, faith-based demagoguery.
“He has an outstanding record in protecting civil rights and being fiscally conservative. Tony DiFruscia is not afraid to stand up for what he believes, without concern for political ramifications. His voting record is exemplary…”
As a five term State Representative from Salem, representing Windham and Salem, I have had the pleasure of serving in the House of Representatives with Tony DiFruscia. Tony has worked long and hard to craft and support intelligent, responsible legislation.”
“Thanks to Anthony’s effective work as one of our State representatives, we are a receiver town and that has saved us millions of dollars; for fiscal year 2011, Windham is projected to receive over seven million dollars in State aid. Anthony DiFruscia has what it takes to get the job done in Concord.”
Ross McLeod Fiscal Agent Kathleen Sullivan DiFruscia www.independentpac.com
you need proof of this, just log on to the House Republican Alliance Website and look at the Personal Liberty Subcommittee minutes from September 1, 2010. The HR Alliance proposes to “limit ability of health officers to create local ordinances, eliminate human rights commission, eliminate commissions on the status of women, remove regulation dealing with life jackets, boating speed limits and the Shoreline Protection Act.” They want to “reconstitute militia,” allow guns to be carried “in the state house and all state and local government buildings except courts and jails, accelerate death penalty review procedure, and repeal law regarding financial limit on (un)incorporated religious societies.” The action plan is
separated by high to low priority, but all the above are action items for 2010 and 2011. The grand old party is now the modern John Birch Society. So again, I ask Margaret McKee Crisler why? Why defend a party that will not support your concerns about our threatened water resources (read repeal of Shoreland Protection) and lied about your record? Are you sure that your fellow Republicans will return “sanity” to NH State government? When did you stop voting for quality and start voting for quantity?
Tara Picciano - Windham
2009-2010 Voting Records for Windham’s Incumbent State Representatives Might Help You Decide to Vote for on November 2
I was doing some homework on our incumbent 2009 – 2010 State Representatives to try to decide whom I might vote for again in our upcoming November election. I thought I would share some information with you all. I was curious to see how diligent our current Representatives were being about getting up to Concord, NH; being present for every vote while the House of Representatives was in session. The way I look at it, I might not always agree with the way a Representative votes on a particulate bill, but at least I like to know that they are making an effort to get up to Concord and represent me at every vote while the House is in session. I thought that this information might be helpful
for you as you try to decide whom to vote for in the upcoming November 2 election. The first incumbent Representative on the list has missed the most votes; the last Representative on the list has missed the least number of votes. Again, the way I look at it, if you want the job of being a Representative, then you should make the effort to be present for as many of the votes as humanly possible. I am strongly considering not casting my vote for the first six incumbent Representatives due to their high number of absences from the in-session votes. Just my two cents worth; feel free to do with this information as you see fit. • Marilinda Garcia: In 2010, missed 142 out of 244 House votes; in 2009, missed 36 out of 167 House votes
• Anne Priestley: In 2010, missed 86 out of 244 House votes; in 2009, missed 51 out of 167 House votes
• Ronald Belanger: In 2010, missed 59 out of 244 House votes; in 2009, missed 35 out of 167 House votes
• Charles McMahon: In 2010, missed 61 out of 244 House votes; in 2009, missed 10 out of 167 House votes
• Walter Kolodziej: In 2010, missed 55 out of 244 House votes; in 2009, missed 11 out of 167 House votes
• Russell Ingram: In 2010, missed 42 out of 244 House votes; in 2009, missed 8 out of 167 House votes
• Anthony DiFruscia: In 2010, missed 13 out of 244 House votes; in 2009, missed 10 out of 167 House votes
• Robert Elliot: In 2010, missed 14 out of 244 House votes; in 2009, voted 167 times out of 167 House votes
• David Bettencourt: In 2010, missed 8 out of 244 House votes; in 2009, missed 2 out of 167 House votes
• Carolyn Webber: In 2010, voted 244 times out of 244 House votes; in 2009, missed 10 out of 167 House votes
• Margaret Crisler: In 2010, missed 5 out of 244 House votes; in 2009, missed 3 out of 167 House votes
• Mary Griffin: In 2010, missed 1 out of 244 House votes; in 2009, missed 2 out of 167 House votes
• David Bates: In 2010, voted 244 times out of 244 House votes; in 2009, voted 167 times out of 167 House votes.
Patrick Poore - Windham Andy Renzullo
for State Representative
I am a candidate for New Hampshire State Representative representing the towns of Hudson, Litchfield, and Pelham. The three towns make up a voting district known as Hillsborough District 27. This large district is allowed 13 representatives, so a voter is entitled to cast up to 13 votes for 13 candidates. I humbly ask for one of your votes. I have served the people of Hudson, Litchfield, and
Pelham as a State Representative for six years (three terms). Prior to becoming a State Representative, I served on the Hudson Budget Committee, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Planning Board. Also, when Hudson had a Town Council form of government, I was a Town Councilor and Town Council President. I am a former co-owner of the Hudson~Litchfield News. I am presently Chairman of the Hudson Senior Council on Aging, an organization dedicated to the establishment of a Senior Center in Hudson. I am on the Council of Advisors of Pro-Gun New Hampshire and am endorsed by the National Rifle Association (A-Rating). In my three terms in Concord, I approached being a legislator as a full-time job. I had a 100-percent attendance record in the 2009-2010 session and a 99.99-percent attendance record during my three terms, participating in 1,013 of 1,014 roll call votes. I sponsored legislation this session aimed at lowering real estate taxes and repealing the doubling of auto registration fees. I also filed several pieces of legislation to make health insurance more affordable, including allowing the purchasing of health insurance across state lines.
But enough about me. I want to talk about the most important issue that faces the next legislature. These next two years may be the most critical the state has faced in our lifetime. According to the noted economist Charlie Arlinghaus of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, the state is looking at a two-year budget deficit of at least $691 million for 2011. In other words, in order to fund, at the same level, all of the spending enacted in the previous budget, the state will have to come up with an additional $691 million. Unless Uncle Sam throws large amounts of additional stimulus money our way, there are only two choices. Raise taxes or cut spending. As far as I am concerned, the taxpayers are tapped out. They are taxed to the limit. I will not vote for any new taxes. So that leaves the other option—cut spending. It will not be easy, but it can be done. We must differentiate between that which that state must do and that which would be nice to do. We must have the courage to make the hard choices. The most frustrating part of this red-ink scenario facing New Hampshire is that it did not have to happen. In the four years following the Democrats taking control of the Legislature, they increased the size of the budget
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