New Hampshire Republicans Living Up To Sobriquet “Stupid Party”

At the beginning of 2013, in response to the disappointing election results in 2012, then Arkansas Governor Bobby Jindal called on the Republican Party to “stop being the stupid party”.

Apparently some Republicans in New Hampshire did not get the call:

Now DiStaso is a hack who carries water for the Democrats, but why did the Republicans give him the opportunity to help the Democrats embarrass the new GOP Governor, the first GOP Governor in New Hampshire since 2003? Continue reading

Sununu’s Plan to Replace Obamacare Just More of the Same

From the Associated Press:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is asking Congress to give states as much flexibility as possible to design their own health care systems as part of the federal effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“We urge Congress to untie the hands of the States,” the Republican governor wrote in a Wednesday letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Let us have the flexibility to design a New Hampshire system for New Hampshire citizens.”

I attempted to locate the letter, but it is nowhere to be found on Sununu’s official government website.  (So much for New Hampshire having a transparent government).

So based on what the Associated Press has reported, I have to say that Sununu’s plan to replace Obamacare is just more of the same.

In other words, Sununu’s plan, again based on the Associated Press reporting, is to replace Obamacare with Sununucare.  More particularly “design[ing] a New Hampshire system for New Hampshire citizens” means shifting powers from the federal bureaucrats and regulators to State bureaucrats and regulators. Continue reading

A Modest Step to Begin Draining the Swamp in Concord

I previously posted some thoughts on reforming legislative hearings – New Hampshire Legislative Hearings are Largely a Waste of Time.

As an interim step, I propose the following reform: that no lobbyist be allowed to testify at a legislative hearing until every member of the public has already testified.

The reforms I proposed in New Hampshire Legislative Hearings are Largely a Waste of Time would make this reform unnecessary.  But until those or similar reforms are made, the privileged treatment of lobbyists at legislative hearings should be turned on its head.

Democrats Hoist By Their Own Petard on Right to Work

Earlier this week, the New Hampshire House held a hearing on Right-to-Work, which is a term describing a law that guarantees that an employee cannot be compelled, as a condition of employment, to join or to pay dues to a union.  From the Concord Monitor:

Hundreds of union members turned up to the State House on Tuesday to oppose a controversial right-to-work bill, loudly cheering fellow workers’ remarks and at times jeering those who advocated the bill’s passage.

(For my thoughts on the efficacy of New Hampshire legislative hearings go here.)

There are two genre of arguments over Right-to-Work. Continue reading

New Hampshire Legislative Hearings Are Largely a Waste of Time

(UPDATED on January 8, 2017.)

Both the New Hampshire Legislature and the United States Congress hold “public hearings” on bills.

The custom and practice in New Hampshire, however, is to allow anyone who wishes to testify to testify.  This encourages the opposing sides of a bill to pack the hearing with favorable witnesses in an attempt to show a groundswell of public support of or public opposition to the bill, which generates redundant testimony.  Additionally, because there is no separation of the wheat from the chaff the committees must endure low quality, and in many instances downright unhelpful, testimony. Continue reading

Reforming New Hampshire’s Business Taxes

While New Hampshire has a low overall tax burden relative to other States, its business taxes are among the highest.  The Tax Foundation, for example, ranks New Hampshire seventh overall in terms of business tax climate, but just 46th when only business taxes are considered.  New Hampshire’s seventh-place ranking is the result of the absence of a general individual income tax and a general sales tax. Continue reading