CarriageTowneNews.com, Kingston, NH

May 16, 2013

My Opinion: May 16, 2013

By NH State Representative L. Mike Kappler
Carriage Towne News

---- — RAYMOND - Now that the state’s April revenue totals are out, it confirms that, as I said last week, the Republicans 2012-13 budget that runs through June 30, 2013, will end up balanced and will probably have a surplus. Sorry Governor, guess you won’t need that casino money or the need for authority to raid all those dedicated funds after all.

According to the Department of Administrative Services monthly report, the year to date receipts from traditional taxes, exclusive of MET, Recoveries MTBE and tobacco settlement, were $40.3M or 2.2% ahead of plan. Total YTD revenues including MET and Recoveries, but excluding MTBE and tobacco settlements, were still above plan by $6.6M or 0.3%.

Other good things that happened in Concord were that our State Senate took the following actions:

- Killed HB-362 banning corn-based ethanol on a voice vote. Banning this gas additive ethanol, would have caused a sharp rise in the price of gas, as gas without ethanol is not available in the northeastern part of the country.

- Killed HB-443 prohibiting prison privatization on RC 13-11 down party lines. We should always leave the possibility open where we can look into privatizing, as a taxpayers savings, at both the state and county levels. House had passed bill RC197-136.

- Killed HB-621 decriminalizing less than one ounce of marijuana. Although the House passed similar bills 4 times in the past 5 years, and voted RC 214-115 this time, the Senate rightfully voted No on a voice vote. This bill was riddled with flaws.

- Killed HB-316 the alkaline hydrolysis chemical cremation process bill, on a RC 16-8. Although I was instrumental in getting two similar bills killed in 2007 and 2009; I was unsuccessful this year in the House. I tried to “table”, effectively killing it, on the House floor, but my motion died RC 82-214. I then sent a copy of my floor speech opposing the bill to each senator, and spoke to most of them as I passed them in the hallways. I truly feel that my efforts effected the outcome in getting it killed on the senate floor.

I would like to say “Thank you!” to the Senators for making these wise choices.

(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at l.mikekappler@comcast.net)