Red Issue Action Alert
June 13, 2011
Office of the Governor
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CALL GOVERNOR LYNCH – VETO Senate Bill 3! It has been confirmed that Governor Lynch has received SB3. He will have until this Wednesday June 15, 2011 at 5pm to sign the bill into law, allow it to become law without his signature, or veto it. This legislation continues the coordinated attack on the middle class being waged by Republican legislators, and must be killed. Call Governor Lynch immediately and tell him to veto SB3 because:
1. It is bad public policy to support a bill that will not pass constitutional muster. Senate Bill three is unconstitutional based on the findings of previous NH court cases. These cases include: Jeannont v. NH Personnel Commission, the State Employees’ Association (et. al) vs. Belknap County.
2. SB3 breaks the promise that was made to you when you became a permanent employee. When you took the job, there were contractual provisions attached to your employment with regards to your pension. Changing your contract now could be considered by the court to be a retrospective law. We believe it will violate the contract clause stated in the NH and US Constitution. This opinion is also shared by the assistant attorney general in testimony provided before the governor’s commission.
3. SB3 cuts member benefits through a public employee income tax to pay for a longstanding employer debt that was known and went unpaid for many years.
4. This bill has nothing to do with the sustainability of the retirement system or addressing the system’s long-term shortfall caused by failure to fully fund the system in the past. Those changes have been made by previous legislatures and are now working.
We only have until 5pm on Wednesday, so please CALL THE GOVERNOR TODAY (603-271-2121)– VETO SB3!
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