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July 19, 2012

My Opinion: July 19, 2012

RAYMOND — Back in November 2010, the voters of New Hampshire mandated, by electing a super majority of conservative Republicans, the House of Representatives to: (1) promote economic development and create jobs; (2) cut state spending; (3) reduce taxes and fees; (4) return fiscal sanity to the state; (5) fix a state retirement system that was structurally deficient; (6) provide our children with an education based on excellence; (7) protect the personal rights and freedoms of its citizens; and (8) maintain transparency in state government.

To answer this mandate, the 2011-2012 Session passed many bills that became law. I am so proud to have been a part of this great team. We really accomplished a lot of good legislation. I will be giving you a compilation of our kept promises over the next few weeks.

Setting an example for our citizens by "living within our means":

HB-1 and HB-2 - a budget 11% smaller than the prior budget, reducing spending by over $1.2B and General Fund spending by $536M, or 18%, that included no new or increased taxes or fees. We reversed the past two terms budgets accounting gimmicks by passing a budget that does not bond any operating costs, or sell assets from one state agency to another to claim fictitious revenue, while using responsible revenue estimates.

HB-601 - The state returned $1M in ObamaCare funds back to the federal government with instructions to use the money for debt reduction.

HB-337 - Creates an education funding formula that maintains existing levels of aid to communities and allows additional targeted aid to needy cities and towns.

SB-146 - Requires for future state budgets, that state agencies submit budgets that actually reduce spending in addition to any request to expand state government.

Reducing and Reforming Taxes:

HB-1 and HB-2 - Eliminates the auto registration surcharge which was costing our residents and small businesses between $30.00 and $75.00 every year for each vehicle they registered, putting $90M back in our citizens' pockets.

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Obituaries
  • Elwood (Al) Shaw, 93

    Meredith, NH — Elwood (Al) Shaw, 93, of Center Harbor, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Forestview Manor in Meredith. He was the beloved husband of the late Greta L. (Sykes) Shaw, to whom he was married for 62 years.

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  • Jo Ann Hughes, 79

    Sandown, NH — Jo Ann (Phelps) Hughes of Sandown, New Hampshire passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, surrounded by all of her children at home. She was born in Little Bend Kentucky, to Beatrice (Shepherd) Phelps and John (Cat) Phelps in 1934. Jo Ann was predeceased by brothers, Marcus Phelps, Johnny Phelps, Forrest Phelps and sisters, Juanita Phelps, and Jeanette (Phelps) Vincent. She is survived by brother, Donald Quiggins of Georgia; sisters, Geneva (Phelps) Stanley of Kentucky, and Frances (Phelps) Bratcher of Tennessee who had just visited Jo Ann in September of 2013.

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  • Sherry Lynn (Cookson) Scanzilo

    Raymond, NH — Sherry Lynn (Cookson) Scanzillo, 58, of Raymond, N.H., passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Elliot Hospital surrounded by her loving family after a sudden illness.

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  • Thomas Hugh Clinton, 73

    Atkinson, NH — Tom passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Elliot Hospital in Manchester. Tom was born on October, 30, 1940, at Clover Hill Hospital in Lawrence, Mass., as the only child to Hugh Clinton and Evelyn (Forcier) Clinton. Tom graduated from Methuen High School in 195

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  • Jo Ann Hughes, 79

    Sandown, NH — Jo Ann (Phelps) Hughes of Sandown, New Hampshire passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, surrounded by all of her children at home. She was born in Little Bend Kentucky, to Beatrice (Shepherd) Phelps and John (Cat) Phelps in 1934. Jo Ann was predeceased by brothers, Marcus Phelps, Johnny Phelps, Forrest Phelps and sisters, Juanita Phelps, and Jeanette (Phelps) Vincent. She is survived by brother, Donald Quiggins of Georgia; sisters, Geneva (Phelps) Stanley of Kentucky, and Frances (Phelps) Bratcher of Tennessee who had just visited Jo Ann in September of 2013.

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