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NH Labor News 6/28/12: Vetos Overrides, Vouchers, Voter ID, Kindergarten & Crime, and more

 

Mike Marland Political Cartoon (Marlandcartoons.com)


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.”

In Voter ID Debate, Why Did Ovide Choose Ideology over Good Policy?

A Message From the NH AFL-CIO

In Voter ID Debate, Why Did Ovide Choose Ideology over Good Policy?

Endorsement of Voter ID Bills Raises Serious Questions over Ovide’s Ability to Govern

Manchester, NH – Ovide Lamontagne’s support for the override of Governor Lynch’s veto of a voter suppression bill raises serious questions about his ability to govern, New Hampshire AFL-CIO officials said today following the House’s override votes on SB 289 and 318. Just days after election officials raised serious technical concerns about the amended version of SB 289, and despite the admission by both the House and the Senate that the legislation needed revision, Ovide urged the New Hampshire House to override Governor Lynch’s veto of SB 289, another voter suppression bill.

“With his support for SB 289, Ovide has sided with Speaker Bill O’Brien and chosen politics over good public policy,” said President Mark MacKenzie of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO. “Elected leaders need to be able to make objective decisions on policy regardless of their political affiliation. This objectively bad bill was engineered for political, not practical, reasons. It will make it difficult, if not impossible, for election officials to do their jobs. It will disenfranchise seniors, new voters, and people with disabilities. It is opposed by elections officials across the state. It is telling that despite this mountain of evidence, Ovide still stands with House Speaker O’Brien in his support for SB 289 and 318.”

In remarks to the Bedford Patch, Ovide labeled SB 289 a “straightforward bill”. Yet the City & Town Clerks Association and the Secretary of State’s office have raised concerns about language in the bill that requires a notarized affidavit as well as the narrow list of acceptable ID’s. By adding the notary process to the affidavit, it will add several minutes per person, creating longer lines at the polls. Aside from James O’Keefe’s manufactured Project Veritas stunt during January’s presidential primary, there is no evidence suggesting that voter fraud is a problem in New Hampshire.

“Granite Staters should be seriously concerned about Ovide’s apparent inability to make sound public policy decisions,” President MacKenzie said. “He stood with Speaker O’Brien on a right-to-work for less law. He supports abolishing the minimum wage. Now he has embraced an unworkable attempt at a voter suppression bill. New Hampshire needs a governor who will put good public policy and common sense before extreme ideology and political allegiances.”

 

AFT-NH: “It Was A Disappointing Day In The House”


AFT-NH  LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN

It was a disappointing day in Concord today. First, the Senate overrode the Governor’s veto on SB 372 bill by a vote of 16 to 7. The House then overturned the veto by a vote of 236 to 108. SB 372 will now be law.

SB 372 is the bill on education tax credits, “voucher type bill’. This new law allows tax money to flow to religious and private schools as well as home schoolers. Another extreme measure in the NH House  which diverts resources from our public schools and passing on costs to our cities and towns.

AFT-NH does thank the following senators for voting with us in support of public education.

  • Lou D’Allesandro
  • Matthew Houde  
  • Kelly, Molly
  • Sylvia Larsen
  • Amanda Merrill
  • Bob Odell
  • Nancy Stiles

AFT-NH also thanks the 108 house representatives that voted to sustain the veto.

AFT-NH members care and won’t forget these actions by the extremists to undermine our valuable public education system. We look forward to discussing these very important issues in the fall and supporting those candidates who stand with public education.

For late breaking news and all updates, please visit AFT-NH on Facebook and “like us!

Thank you!

In Solidarity,
Laura Hainey

NH Labor 2012 Election News: Obama in NH, NH Gov Stands Up For Kids, and more

Poll: Obama up in New Hampshire – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs: “President Barack Obama came out on top of Republican rival Mitt Romney in a new poll of Granite State voters.

The president received 51% support from those registered to vote in New Hampshire to Romney’s 43%, according to an American Research Group poll released Monday.”


Gov. Candidates at Loggerheads on School Choice | New Hampshire Public Radio: “On Wednesday, the legislature will vote on whether or not to override Governor John Lynch’s veto of a bill supporters call School Choice Scholarship Act.

Both Democratic gubernatorial candidates are calling on the legislature to uphold the governor’s veto. Their republican opponents came out in support of the school choice bill last week. There are two, nearly identical, versions of the education tax credit coming back before the legislature tomorrow.”


Sustain all but one of governor’s vetoes | Concord Monitor: “Lawmakers should also uphold Lynch’s veto of legislation requiring that voters present photo identification or sign an affidavit testifying to their residency before being allowed to cast a ballot. This legislation was ostensibly sponsored to combat voter fraud, a problem that’s virtually non-exist in New Hampshire. In reality, the bill is part of a national effort by Republicans and the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council to disenfranchise low-income voters, who are more likely not to have a photo ID and to vote Democratic. On Monday, the majority leader of Pennsylvania’s House boasted that that state’s new voter ID law would guarantee Mitt Romney’s victory over President Obama in the fall. That’s what this legislation was about, not voter fraud. New Hampshire legislators shouldn’t pretend otherwise.”


States Lacking Income Tax Get No Boost in Growth: BGOV Barometer – Bloomberg: “Governors seeking to expand their economies by eliminating income taxes find little support for the idea in the record of U.S. states that lack such a levy.
The BGOV Barometer shows the nine states with the highest personal income taxes on residents outperformed or kept pace on average with the nine that don’t tax their residents’ incomes, according to a study of economic output, unemployment and household income by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.”


Obama seizes on Bain and ‘offshoring’ in New Hampshire – First Read: “DURHAM, NH — President Obama hammered away at his presumptive Republican challenger’s business career, latching onto reports that Bain Capital had invested in companies that engaged in offshoring during Romney’s time at the company’s helm.
The president, speaking in a swing state where Romney owns a home, mocked the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign for attempting to distinguish between “offshoring” and “outsourcing” in its explanation.
“Yesterday his advisers were asked about this, and they tried to clear this up by telling us there’s actually a difference between outsourcing and offshoring. That’s what they said. You cannot make this stuff up,” the president joked to a booing crowd. He continued, “What Governor Romney and his advisers don’t seem to understand is this, if you’re a worker whose job went overseas, you don’t need somebody trying to explain to you the difference between outsourcing and offshoring.””


New Hampshire heats up as media battleground in presidential campaign – The Boston Globe: “MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Obama won New Hampshire by nearly 10 percentage points in 2008, and even now, his advantage lingers. On a sweltering day last week, his phone bank volunteers outnumbered Romney’s backers by 3 to 1 at their respective state headquarters.

But the sense in both camps is that the fight for this state’s four electoral votes will be close and possibly pivotal in the presidential election.

“It’s going to be very competitive up here,” said Jim Merrill, who is overseeing the Romney campaign in the state.”


US senator urges action to avert more budget cuts | Reuters: “WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) – Senator Kelly Ayotte, a top contender for a vice presidential post with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, on Tuesday urged Congress to act quickly to avert an additional $500 billion in devastating defense budget cuts.

Ayotte, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said lawmakers could not wait to resolve the issue until after the 2012 presidential election since defense contractors must start warning hundreds of thousands of workers about possible layoffs as early as October.”


NH Labor News 6/27/12: Veto Day, School Funding, Privatization, and More

Sustain all but one of governor’s vetoes | Concord Monitor: “Lawmakers should also uphold Lynch’s veto of legislation requiring that voters present photo identification or sign an affidavit testifying to their residency before being allowed to cast a ballot. This legislation was ostensibly sponsored to combat voter fraud, a problem that’s virtually non-exist in New Hampshire. In reality, the bill is part of a national effort by Republicans and the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council to disenfranchise low-income voters, who are more likely not to have a photo ID and to vote Democratic. On Monday, the majority leader of Pennsylvania’s House boasted that that state’s new voter ID law would guarantee Mitt Romney’s victory over President Obama in the fall. That’s what this legislation was about, not voter fraud. New Hampshire legislators shouldn’t pretend otherwise.”


Public funding of private schools is bad public policy – Fosters: “Two bills recently vetoed by Gov. John Lynch would take public money — money otherwise destined for public schools — and send it to private schools.

How can these two bills serve as good public policy? I do not believe they are good public policy, nor are they fiscally responsible.

If I were to ask anyone on the street as to whether public taxpayer money should be sent to private schools, including religious schools, the answer I would receive from the vast majority of people would be the same — a resounding “No.””


NH town election officers support voting vetoes – Boston.com: “CONCORD, N.H.—Some town election officers are calling on the Legislature to uphold 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.

State Rep. Kathleen Hoelzel is also town moderator in Raymond. She said Tuesday that she’s in favor of using a photo ID at the polls, but she thinks more time is needed to educate ballot clerks and voters. If the bill becomes law, voters would have to start showing photo IDs as early as this fall’s elections.

“It’s going to cause a lot of confusion,” Hoelzel said. She said once voters have a bad experience voting, “they might not ever come back.””


Voter ID, education tax credits among vetoes to be reconsidered Wednesday – NashuaTelegraph.com: “CONCORD – The New Hampshire Legislature returns for a one-day session Wednesday to take up 11 vetoes from Gov. John Lynch.
Abortion, medical malpractice reform, education tax credits, commercial identity protection and other issues hang in the balance as Republican legislative leaders, with a 3-1 advantage, try to act over the opposition of Lynch, the retiring, four-term Democrat.
A final outcome for some issues remains in doubt, notably the controversial bill that would require voters show a photo identification card in this fall’s elections.”


My Turn: What’s driving prison privatization? | Concord Monitor: “It defies logic to believe that an institution can be operated at cost plus profit for less than it can be operated at cost alone. Therefore, if cost saving and efficiency are the legislative goal, the search should be for a more efficient operating system rather than a new operator with a profit motive. That is especially true when the private operators have a track record of cutting corners which expose the state to liability.”


NH Speaker calls Arizona ruling a road map | New Hampshire NEWS06: “CONCORD — New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien said Monday that a Supreme Court ruling upholding a key provision of Arizona’s controversial immigration law “gives us a road map” for similar legislation to be enacted in the Granite State next year.

The court, by an 8-0 vote, upheld the Arizona law’s most controversial provision, requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop for any reason.”


Labor’s Got to Get Serious About Amending to Overturn ‘Citizens United’ | The Nation: “AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is pulling no punches when it comes to the US Supreme Court’s recent pattern of decisions regarding the way in which corporations can engage in politics versus the way in which unions can engage.

“[This] Supreme Court says you cannot do anything to hamper the First Amendment rights of corporations,” argues Trumka. “But when it comes to workers, they haven’t seen a detriment to the First Amendment that they haven’t liked yet.””


SAVE OUR NH PUBLIC SCHOOLS-STOP VOUCHERS

AFT-NH RED ALERT
6-25-2012

SAVE OUR NH PUBLIC SCHOOLS-STOP VOUCHERS

Governor Lynch has  vetoed SB 372 and  HB 1607. We applaud the Governor for these vetoes. We know our members did an amazing job of contacting him regarding these bills. These bills divert public money for education to religious and private schools as well as home schoolers. SB 372 and HB 1607, virtually identical, are intended to privatize our public education in NH and weaken our good schools. We are proud of our schools in NH and vouchers will only harm public education.

It’s time for you to contact your Senator and Representative(s) and ask that they SUSTAIN Governor Lynch’s vetoes of SB 372 and HB 1607.

We know the extremists in the legislature won’t give up and are determined to defund our schools and thus destroy what we cherish. Polls of NH citizens have recently shown little support for a voucher plan. [Granite State Poll- February 9, 2012]

Please click here TODAY to ask your Senator and Representative(s) to support NH public schools and defend the NH constitution by sustaining the vetoes of  SB 372 and HB 1607! They must hear a resounding no to this type of legislation. We have an excellent chance of sustaining these vetoes if the representatives hear from you. They are hoping that since the  school year is over you will forget what they are trying to do!

For a complete review of SB 372 and HB 1607 and detailed research, please visit Defending NH Public Schools.

So if you care about public education in NH, please take this action.

Thank you!

In Solidarity,
Laura Hainey“Fighting For Our Future”

www.aft-nh.org
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