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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 @ 1:34AM

State Senate District 11 Debate 2014

Courtesy of Amherst Republican Committee

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014 @ 9:57PM

Hollis Times Open House – Time to Participate

Each year an opportunity is presented for legislators to introduce bills that would change our current state laws. In election years, such as this year, two windows of opportunity are given. The first window, which runs from Monday, September 15, 2014 until Friday, September 26, 2014, is an opportunity for…

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014 @ 9:11PM

AFP-NH Taxpayer Pledge

Governor Mel Thomson, the father of AFP-NH Honorary Chairman, Tom Thomson, issued the first modern anti-tax pledge to ensure elected officials kept their word to the people they represent and to provide the people with a means to enforce that accountability if needed. Each year, Tom Thomson proudly carries on…

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014 @ 8:49PM

Understanding Worker Freedom in NH

The debate over whether or not workers should be forced to join or not to join, or pay compulsory dues or fees to a private organization as a condition of employment moved forward with a new study presentation that analyzed the effects of a Right to Work law in New…

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 @ 9:58PM

CNHT Picnic Speech

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 @ 9:19PM

Speak Up with Kevin Avard

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Sunday, May 25th, 2014 @ 12:50AM

Hollis Times Open House – Gas Tax Rising in July

May 2014 A year ago, the House passed HB617, which would have raised the gas tax by 83% had the Senate not fortunately killed the bill. On May 20, 2014, Governor Hassan signed SB367 into law, raising the gas tax by 23%, effective July 1, 2014. The roughly $32 million…

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Saturday, March 15th, 2014 @ 12:53AM

Hollis Times Open House – Minimum Wage

March 2014 March 27, 2014, the day the legislature calls “Crossover,” is rapid approaching. This is the date by which the House must act on all bills originating in the House. It is also the date by which the State Senate must act on all bills originating in the Senate….

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Thursday, January 16th, 2014 @ 12:54AM

Hollis Times Open House – Should Criminals be a Protected Class?

January 2014 In last May’s Open House I posed these questions regarding HB350 (2013): Should the unemployed be a protected class? Do you believe the status of an unemployed worker should be raised to the same protective level as age, sex and race? Should employers be forced to hire individuals…

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Monday, January 13th, 2014 @ 7:07PM

Hollis Times Open House – Budgeting in a Bad Economy

January 2013 Balanced budgets are a challenge for every level of government, but more so when the economy is down, stagnant, or slow moving. The easy way to make up revenue shortfall is to simply implement new taxes and fees, or increase existing ones, most likely to the detriment of…

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Friday, November 1st, 2013 @ 12:55AM

Hollis Times Open House – Medicaid Expansion Is Wrong For New Hampshire

November 2013 The expansion of Medicaid (state welfare) will serve to negatively impact numerous areas, but I’ll just focus this article on three primary areas: the impact on patients & providers, the impact on our state budget, and the social impact. Patients and providers will be impacted by a surge…

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013 @ 1:01AM

Hollis Times Open House – Here Comes Obamacare!

September 2013 There are concerning developments as we near October 1st, when the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) health exchange in New Hampshire goes live, and residents begin enrolling in new health insurance plans on the exchange. Anthem is currently the only insurance provider who will offer plans on the Obamacare exchange….

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Monday, July 15th, 2013 @ 1:06AM

Hollis Times Open House – Payroll Cards – Good or Bad?

July 2013 SB100, a bill relative to allowing businesses to use payroll cards to pay their employees without offering a paper check alternative, came before the legislature this year. SB100 was a bipartisan bill, with sponsors and cosponsors from both parties. This bill passed the Senate by a 20-4 vote,…

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Friday, March 15th, 2013 @ 1:28AM

Hollis Times Open House – Increasing the Gas Tax

March 2013 On March 6 the legislature voted on HB617, also known as the “gas tax bill.” HB617 proposed to raise the gas tax, currently 18 cents per gallon, by 15 cents per gallon over four years for gas-powered cars and trucks, and 15 cents per gallon over six years…

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Friday, March 15th, 2013 @ 1:20AM

Hollis Times Open House – Should Unemployment be a Protected Class?

March 2013 This is the question posed by HB350, which has been retained by the NH House Labor Committee to study the issue. As introduced, HB350 defines “unemployment status” as having been unemployed for four weeks while actively looking for a job and being available for employment. For the sake…

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