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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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  • Alan J. Walker, 68

    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

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  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

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