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Independent Fact Checking Organization Backs Up Tax And Fee Claim

“Governor Hassan’s fiscally irresponsible budget would devastate New Hampshire’s already sluggish economy by raising taxes and fees on working families by over $100 million. It is unacceptable that the governor continues to refuse to compromise with the Legislature and hold New Hampshire’s economy hostage to her political ambitions.” – NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn

PolitiFact: “The $100 Million Number Can Be Defended” “Given the revenue numbers that Hassan cited in her February budget -- regardless of any quotes or citations applied to the ad -- the $100 million number can be defended as long as both taxes and fees are included.” (Clay Wirestone, "Americans for Prosperity calls NH Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget proposal a tax increase," PolitiFact.com, 8/27/15)

PolitiFact: “Tax And Fee Changes The Governor Put Together… Easily Adds Up To $100 Million” “And looking at a list of tax and fee changes the governor put together in February -- including the tweaks to the tax code -- easily adds up to $100 million.” (Clay Wirestone, "Americans for Prosperity calls NH Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget proposal a tax increase," PolitiFact.com, 8/27/15)

PolitiFact: “21-Cent Increase In The Cigarette Tax” “A 21-cent increase in the cigarette tax. Her budget proposal from February says this would raise $39.2 million, while her July revision predicts an extra $32.6 million.” (Clay Wirestone, "Americans for Prosperity calls NH Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget proposal a tax increase," PolitiFact.com, 8/27/15)

PolitiFact: “$5 Increase To Register Vehicles, As Well As A Hike In Title Fees” “A $5 increase to register vehicles, as well as a hike in title fees…It totals about $29.4 million.” (Clay Wirestone, "Americans for Prosperity calls NH Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget proposal a tax increase," PolitiFact.com, 8/27/15)

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General Manager Of American Medical Response In New Hampshire Cites Work By Ayotte, Gatsas

Union Leader: Christopher Stawasz: “Amid This Crisis, Hope Is Growing” “However, amid this crisis, hope is growing. All around us, energized and determined public officials, emergency responders, health providers, and educators are coming together in an all-hands-on-deck approach to ending this crisis, mobilizing action at the local, state and federal levels.” (Christopher Stawasz, Op-Ed: "All hands on deck to combat heroin epidemic," Union Leader, 8/26/15)

Union Leader: Christopher Stawasz: “Encouraged By Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s Legislation” “So far in 2015, AMR paramedics have administered almost 1,000 mgs of naloxone to overdose victims in Manchester. We have trained fire departments in both Nashua and Manchester and were further encouraged by Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s legislation earlier this year to protect those who administer naloxone from prosecution.” (Christopher Stawasz, Op-Ed: "All hands on deck to combat heroin epidemic," Union Leader, 8/26/15)

Union Leader: Christopher Stawasz: “We Are Also Working Working With Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas” “We are also working with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas on his recently released “60-Day Heroin Action Plan,” where we’ll be continuing our aggressive use of naloxone, and working together to develop solutions around education, prevention and treatment that can help lessen the scourge of opioid addiction in New Hampshire.” (Christopher Stawasz, Op-Ed: "All hands on deck to combat heroin epidemic," Union Leader, 8/26/15)

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Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today regarding NHPR’s coverage of an imminent state park shutdown in New Hampshire as a result of Governor Hassan’s irresponsible budget veto:

“It is outrageous that Governor Hassan’s reckless veto of the state budget has put public access to New Hampshire’s parks at risk. Governor Hassan has not only vetoed a budget that would have included funding for state parks, but has rejected a reasonable compromise proposal that included such funding. The governor’s consistent decision to put her political ambitions ahead of New Hampshire has endangered the state's tourism industry and risked harming the an already sluggish economy. It’s time for Governor Hassan to put politics aside and work on a permanent budget solution instead of forcing the Legislature to fix yet another costly consequence of her irresponsible budget veto.”

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“Governor Hassan’s politically-motivated veto of the state budget, which included expected increases in funding for New Hampshire hospitals and mental health units, is putting unnecessary pressure on local emergency rooms and causing chaos in New Hampshire’s healthcare system. The most vulnerable Granite Staters are paying the price for the governor’s reckless budget veto and continued refusal to compromise. Instead of engaging in dishonest political rhetoric, Governor Hassan should focus her efforts on coming to a reasonable compromise with the Legislature to reverse the devastating impact of her budget veto.” – Jennifer Horn, NHGOP Chairman

Associated Press: “State's Health Department Doesn't Have The Money To Staff And Open The Crisis Unit” “Now operating on fiscal year 2015 levels, the state's health department doesn't have the money to staff and open the crisis unit.” (Staff, “Budget Stalemate Delays Opening Of 10-Bed Mental Health Unit,” Associated Press, 8/25/15)

  • “The Delay Puts A Continued Strain On Local Emergency Rooms” “Officials say the delay puts a continued strain on local emergency rooms that can start sending patients to the crisis unit once it is up and running.” (Staff, “Budget Stalemate Delays Opening Of 10-Bed Mental Health Unit,” Associated Press, 8/25/15)
Concord Monitor: “Gov. Maggie Hassan Vetoed A Republican-Crafted Budget In June That Included Money To Get The Crisis Unit Staffed And Operational.” (Allie Morris, "State budget impasse delays opening of crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital," Concord Monitor, 8/24/15)

  • “A New Ten-Bed Crisis Unit At New Hampshire Hospital Won’t Open To Patients This Summer, As Previously Planned” “Continued wrangling over the state budget means a new ten-bed crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital won’t open to patients this summer, as previously planned.” (Allie Morris, "State budget impasse delays opening of crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital," Concord Monitor, 8/24/15)
WMUR: “10-Bed Mental Health Crisis Unit At New Hampshire Hospital Won't Open As Planned” “The state budget stalemate means a 10-bed mental health crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital won't open as planned this fall.” (Staff, "State budget stalemate delays opening of 10-bed mental health unit," WMUR, 8/24/15)

  • “Money To Hire Staff And Operate The Unit Was To Be Included In The 2016-2017 Budget That Gov. Maggie Hassan Vetoed” “The 2014-2015 state budget included money to build the new crisis unit, but money to hire staff and operate the unit was to be included in the 2016-2017 budget that Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed.” (Staff, "State budget stalemate delays opening of 10-bed mental health unit," WMUR, 8/24/15)
  • “The Longer The Delay, The Longer Emergency Rooms Feel A Squeeze.” (Staff, "State budget stalemate delays opening of 10-bed mental health unit," WMUR, 8/24/15)
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Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on liberal, out-of-state politician Dannel Malloy lecturing New Hampshire on funding an organization accused of criminal activity:

“Granite Staters do not appreciate liberal, fiscally irresponsible, out-of-state politicians like Dannel Malloy who come to our state and lecture us about how to run our state government. Planned Parenthood has been accused of engaging in criminal activity and the United States Congress as well as thirteen governors have launched investigations into this scandal-plagued organization. Given the serious and legitimate accusations that have been made against Planned Parenthood, there is no good reason to give them New Hampshire taxpayer dollars while these investigations are ongoing.

“Planned Parenthood has donated thousands of dollars to Governor Hassan’s political campaigns, so it is not surprising that she has refused to launch her own investigation. It’s time for Governor Hassan to stop playing politics and put the interests of New Hampshire women ahead of Planned Parenthood by working with the Executive Council to find alternate health care providers that are not immersed in scandal.”

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Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement regarding Governor Sununu’s health:

"Everyone at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee sends their very best wishes to Governor Sununu for a full and speedy recovery from his recent surgery at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston. I also send my personal prayers and best wishes to Governor Sununu, Nancy and his family as he recovers. We look forward to having him home in New Hampshire soon."

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