House fails to override union contracts veto | Politics – WMUR Home: “CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire’s House has failed to override a vetoed bill that would require a legislative fiscal committee to approve all collective bargaining agreements entered into by the state.
Under the current system, the executive branch has negotiated contracts between public employers and employees, while the Legislature decides through the budget process how much money is to be spent on personnel, wages and benefits.”
Legislature overturns Gov. Lynch veto to approve education tax credit program – NashuaTelegraph.com: “The Republican-dominated House of Representatives and state Senate stuck together Wednesday and with ease overrode the veto of Lynch, who argued the program was poorly
targeted to students most in need and would raise local property taxes.
Sen. Molly Kelly, D-Keene, said the tax credit was an unconstitutional public investment in private schools because school districts will lose state education aid for each student who exits the public schools.
“Why would we choose to designate millions of dollars to private and religious schools when the Legislature has just made record cuts to higher education funding?” Kelly asked rhetorically.
Supporters pursued this tax credit option (SB 372) precisely because courts in other states have already ruled it’s legal because the tax credit proceeds come from business owners and not directly from taxpayers such as with a voucher.”
NH lawmakers override gov’s veto on voter photo ID – Boston.com: “CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire’s Legislature has voted to override Gov. John Lynch’s veto of bills requiring voters to provide a photo ID and sign a document saying New Hampshire is their home state.
A wide range of identification would be acceptable for elections this fall — including student IDs — but in later elections, only driver’s licenses, state-issued non-driver’s identification cards, passports or military IDs would be allowed. Those without photo identification would sign an affidavit and be photographed by an election official. Both chambers agreed to a change to the affidavit that goes back to Lynch to consider.
The other bill would require people registering to vote to sign a statement saying they declare New Hampshire their domicile and are subject to laws such as requiring drivers to register their vehicles”
N.H. lawmakers annul voter ID, school vetoes | SeacoastOnline.com: “Opponents of the bill said any type of affidavit would put town election moderators in a difficult position, open to lawsuits if they felt a person didn’t qualify to cast a ballot. And others said the new qualifications would keep people away from the polls.
“The whole process is to get more people involved,” said Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester, who voted to uphold Lynch’s veto. “What we’re doing now is discouraging that.”
The Legislature also overrode Lynch’s tax-credit veto for businesses contributing to educational programs. The bill is intended to help some public school students switch to private schools.
Lynch argued the bill would allow private organizations to determine the use of public education funds and would shift limited state money away from public schools because districts would lose state education aid for each student receiving a scholarship.”
Kingsbury tells fellow reps there’s link between kindergarten & crime: “One of them observed a direct link between the proliferation of kindergarten and the increasing inmate population at the Belknap County Jail.
State Representative Harry Accornero, after hearing about the county jail’s high population and recidivism rates, asked if the proposed new jail would address the problems. “Will this new facility change anything?”
After being told of the proposal for new programs, such as court diversion and drug and alcohol counseling, Accornero suggested that high incarceration rates could be avoided if police were better trained and could offer counseling services instead of reaching for handcuffs. “Where is law enforcement in all of this?” he asked.
Not to be outdone, Representative Bob Kingsbury said he’s been working on a theory since 1996, when he analyzed local crime rates and compared them to a list of communities that offered public kindergarten. Then, he told his colleagues, Laconia offered kindergarten and had the highest rates of crime. Meanwhile, surrounding towns, some of which didn’t offer kindergarten, had less crime.
“We’re taking children away from their mothers too soon,” Kingsbury concluded.”
Bob Kingsbury, New Hampshire Republican, Says Kindergarten Leads To Higher Crime [UPDATED]: “Kingsbury, 86, has a history of supporting ideas that differ from his fellow legislators. In January, he partnered with two allies of birther queen Orly Taitz to push a bill partially ending the direct election of U.S. senators. Kingsbury said that he believed that all U.S. Senate candidates should first be picked by the state legislature and then put up for popular vote.
Kingsbury, a vocal United Nations opponent, has also sponsored a bill raising the minimum age to be a judge in New Hampshire from 18 to 60. He told The Huffington Post that he believes that judges should have more “life experience” before taking office.”
Daily Kos: Reclaiming Our Working Class Family Values: “As we move further into the twenty-first century, I have come to the realization that many of us have forgotten where we came from. I would wager many who are doctors, lawyers, elected officials and captains of industry came from humble means. Working class families, such as construction workers, maintenance people and factory workers, just to name a few. And many (oh so many) have turned on the same sort of people that bore and raised them, clothed and fed them, put them through college and called them son or daughter. How do we end this cycle?”
November surprise: Millions of layoff notices | WashingtonExaminer.com: “A little-known labor law could roil the presidential race the day before Election Day unless Congress and the White House OK an emergency deal to avoid some $500 billion-$600 billion in Pentagon cuts that will kill over 1 million jobs within two years.
Some companies told Secrets that they are already laying off workers while others are drafting layoff notices. Ayotte said Lockheed Martin has a list of 100,000. The National Association of Manufacturers estimates that over 1 million jobs will be cut in 2014 if the budget sequester goes into effect.”
Defense Giant Says Budget Cuts Could Mean Pink Slips | New Hampshire Public Radio: “Just imagine the political fallout: Nov. 2, only days before the election, tens of thousands — maybe hundreds of thousands — of workers receive letters warning that they could be out of a job.
That’s exactly what some in the defense industry say will happen if Congress doesn’t act soon to reverse sequestration — the across-the-board spending cuts that take effect in January if Congress doesn’t agree on a plan to cut the deficit.”