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It Is Time That Al Baldasaro Is Removed From His Position As State Rep

For years now we have known that Londonderry State Representative Al Baldasaro is a loudmouth who says whatever pops into his head no matter how truthful it may be.

But this time he has gone too far.

First he told interviewers that Hillary Clinton should be “put in the firing line and shot for treason” over the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. People were shocked and outraged that he publicly called for the execution of Former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

His comments not only drew national outrage but it drew the attention of the Secret Service.

“The U.S. Secret Service is aware of this matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation,” said Shawn L. Holtzclaw, a spokesman for the Secret Service.

Even the Republican Speaker of the House, Shawn Jasper, was appalled at the comments spewing from Baldasaro’s mouth.

“Whether a person likes Hillary Clinton or not, the idea that a New Hampshire lawmaker would suggest that a candidate should be executed is just outrageous,” Jasper said.

Baldasaro, a retired Marine Corps veteran, continued to shock people by standing up for Donald Trump as he attacked the Khan family who lost their 27 year old son in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In his death, Capitan Humayun Khan saved the lives of hundreds of his fellow soldiers. CBS News explains:

“In 2004, Captain Khan was deployed from Germany to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom, despite the fact that his four years of required service had technically been completed. Then on June 8th, four months into his tour of duty, Khan was inspecting soldiers on guard duty when a suspicious vehicle approached the gate of his compound at high speed. Khan ordered his fellow soldiers to stay back, as he took 10 steps toward the car with his arm outstretched. The car then exploded, killing Khan, but its improvised explosive device detonated before it could reach the gates and the nearby mess hall where hundreds of Khan’s fellow soldiers were eating breakfast.”

(Read more about Humayun Khan’s life, his charitable works, and his dedication to the United States.)

Like Trump, Baldasaro took to twitter to spread wild conspiracy theories calling Khizr Khan, Humayun’s father who spoke at the Democratic National Convention, “a Muslim Brotherhood agent.”

Al Baldasaro is, right now, the face of NH as far as the rest of the world is concerned. His violent rhetoric calling for the death of a presidential candidate does not represent the residents of the state of NH. His slandering of the family of a US soldier who died serving his country is beyond the pale.

It is time for Representative Al Baldasaro to either step down or be removed from office for his outrageous comments and publicly disgracing the State of New Hampshire, the people of New Hampshire, and the office he was elected to.

I am calling on Governor Maggie Hassan and House Speaker Shawn Jasper to “convene a special session of the legislature and vote to expel Rep. Al Baldasaro from his current position as State Representative for dishonoring the NH House of Representatives and disgracing the state of New Hampshire.”

Join me by signing the petition below and sharing this message.

Petition- Remove Rep. Al Baldasaro from office (1)

Petition to be delivered to Governor Maggie Hassan and Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper:

We are calling on you to convene a special session of the legislature and vote to expel Rep. Al Baldasaro from his current position as State Representative for dishonoring the NH House of Representatives and disgracing the state of New Hampshire.

Petition can also be found and shared directly from here.

Governor Hassan Releases Innovate NH 2.0 Economic Plan

Governor Hassan Unveils Innovate NH 2.0 Economic Plan, A Granite State Roadmap for Fostering Business Innovation & Expanding Middle Class Opportunity

Innovate NH 2.0 Outlines Key Priorities Maggie Will Take to the Senate to Build on New Hampshire’s Economic Progress and Ensure that All Granite Staters Are Equipped to Succeed in the Changing American Economy 

MANCHESTER – Today at SilverTech Headquarters in Manchester, Governor Maggie Hassan announced her Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan, outlining the policies she will focus on as a United States Senator to foster innovation, support job-creating businesses and expand opportunity for hard-working families.

Innovate NH 2.0 builds on the innovation plan that Governor Hassan first laid out during her 2012 gubernatorial campaign and has worked with members of both parties to achieve during her time in office. Under her leadership, New Hampshire froze tuition at state universities and lowered it at community colleges, increased and made permanent the R&D tax credit to help innovative businesses succeed and provided technical assistance to support growing companies. Maggie focused on these priorities as Governor while responsibly balancing the budget – without a sales or income tax – and managing the budget to a surplus.

“In New Hampshire, not only do we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, but we have shown that it is possible to bring people together across party lines to lay the foundation for a new generation of innovative economic growth, help companies create jobs and support a thriving middle class,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “It’s about time we see that same approach from Washington. This fiscally responsible economic plan outlines how we can build on the bipartisan steps we have taken in New Hampshire to solve problems, foster innovation and expand opportunity for hard-working Granite State families and small businesses.”

Governor Hassan’s Innovate NH 2.0 plan includes specific proposals in five key areas to ensure that hard-working families and small businesses have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead: encouraging business innovation and growth; developing a 21st century workforce; helping middle class families make ends meet; building a cleaner, more affordable energy future; and fixing our roads, bridges and other infrastructure systems. The plan ensures fiscal responsibility by eliminating special tax breaks for Wall Street and Big Oil, ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share and holding accountable corporations and wealthy individuals who aren’t paying their taxes.

Washington has fallen short on these priorities in recent years as corporate special interests have rigged the system for themselves and against the middle class. In the United States Senate, Maggie will fight for the priorities outlined in her Innovate NH 2.0 plan in order to take on corporate special interests and get results for hard-working families and small businesses.

“These are common-sense, fiscally responsible steps that we can take together to continue strengthening New Hampshire’s economy, and I will roll up my sleeves and work with members of both parties in the U.S. Senate to build a future where all hard-working Granite Staters are included in our economic success and where parents can once again feel confident that each generation will have a brighter future than the last,” added Governor Hassan.

Read the full plan here.

Governor Hassan Joins Bipartisan Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future

 CONCORD – Continuing her efforts to build a more innovative, cleaner energy future that creates jobs, boosts New Hampshire’s economy and combats climate change, Governor Maggie Hassan today joined a bipartisan group of 17 governors to announce the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future, a joint commitment to take action to promote clean energy, clean transportation choices and a modern electrical grid.

“We know that our businesses and families need clean, reliable and affordable energy to continue to grow and prosper,” Governor Hassan said. “In New Hampshire, our growing clean energy economy is creating jobs and helping lead the way toward a more affordable and more innovative energy future, and this accord will build on our efforts, increasing bipartisan collaboration with other states to share best practices, to address our shared energy challenges, and to ensure that we continue to expand energy options for our businesses and families and advance our clean energy economy.”

The accord provides participating governors – a bipartisan coalition together representing 127 million Americans – with a platform through which their states will collaborate, learn from one another, and leverage partnerships in energy planning and policymaking. The accord reaffirms New Hampshire’s commitment to continue to diversify energy generation and expand clean energy sources, modernize energy infrastructure, and encourage clean transportation options. 

As a State Senator, Governor Hassan sponsored New Hampshire’s original Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) legislation, which has brought numerous benefits to the Granite State, including reducing harmful emissions and helping to reduce energy costs, create jobs and encourage innovation in the state’s clean energy economy. She also helped enact the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) law and consistently fights for clean air and water. 

As Governor, she has signed bipartisan legislation to help maximize the benefits of RGGI for New Hampshire ratepayers, to update the RPS law and to establish a long-term New Hampshire Energy Strategy. Under Governor Hassan’s leadership, New Hampshire has also joined the Under 2 MOU – a global compact that complements the state’s efforts to combat climate change – and New Hampshire was ranked fourth in the nation in renewable energy. 

The full text of the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future is available here, and statements from each governor participating in the accord are available here.

Governor Hassan Will Continue To Fight To Increase Wages And Expand Middle Class Opportunity

Hundreds gathered at the NH Raising Wages Summit in Concord Saturday to listen to elected leaders talk about how they are continuing to push for better wages for all workers.

Governor Maggie Hassan was first to address the crowd. Many of the people in the room were the same people who helped get Maggie elected three years ago.

From her first gubernatorial campaign speech a few years ago, to the one here at the Raising Wages Summit (below), Maggie Hassan has stood firm in her belief that New Hampshire must increase the state’s Minimum Wage.

Governor Hassan is a true champion for working families. She supports increasing wages for working families and at the same time working to make higher education more accessible and affordable.

“New Hampshire’s highly skilled and dedicated workforce is the backbone of our economy, making our communities strong, protecting the well-being of our people and keeping our state moving in the right direction,” said Governor Hassan.

“In order for our economic growth to truly accelerate, working families and individuals must be confident in their own financial circumstances and able to afford critical goods and services.”

“I will continue fighting to support the priorities that are critical to increasing wages and expanding middle class opportunity,” Hassan said.

As Governor Hassan finishes out her term, she has already accepted a new challenge, running for US Senate against Kelly Ayotte.

As Senator, Kelly Ayotte voted against raising the minimum wage and a whole host of other bills that would help working families. The good news is that she won’t be in that seat after November of 2016!

Ayotte Fact Check: Opposing Efforts To Help Working Families

Kelly Ayotte (Gage Skidmore Flickr CC)

Kelly Ayotte (Gage Skidmore Flickr CC)

Concord, N.H. – As part of the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s “Ayotte Fact Check” accountability project, we will be highlighting a different area of Kelly Ayotte’s true Washington record every day this week.

Today’s focus is Ayotte’s record of opposing efforts to help working families.

“In Washington, Kelly Ayotte has repeatedly voted to put lobbyists and special interests before New Hampshire’s hard-working families, and Granite Staters deserve better,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley. “From saying that guaranteed paid leave should be left to the whim of employers to voting against equal pay for women, Ayotte has continually voted directly against the interests of New Hampshire families.”

“Despite Ayotte’s attempts to cover up her record with sham bills that have nice titles but would actually do damage to New Hampshire families, voters will see right through her transparent attempts to save her political career and hold her accountable for her real Washington record,” added Buckley.

See below for the facts on Kelly Ayotte’s record of opposing efforts to help working families:

Ayotte said she “certainly” thinks guaranteed paid leave is “an issue that should be addressed by employers rather than mandated by the government.”

And she followed up those comments by introducing a sham paid leave bill with Mitch McConnell that would actually force workers to choose between overtime pay and leave time, a proposal which experts have called an “empty promise” that “would give workers less flexibility and less pay.” Others have pointed out it’s a “Trojan horse” that means “ripping off workers.”

When asked why she voted against equal pay for women, Ayotte said, “The reason that I voted against that specific bill is that, I looked at it, and there were already existing laws that need to be enforced.”

So instead of supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act, Ayotte introduced a deeply flawed equal pay bill that creates loopholes for employers to prohibit discussion of pay.

For additional facts about Ayotte’s record on women’s economic issues, see here.

State Employees Praise Budget Compromise Agreement

“We are pleased not only for the state employees, but for all citizens of NH that the Governor and GOP leaders have reached a compromise budget agreement. 

The compromise budget will include business tax cuts and the state employees’ previously negotiated 2% cost-of-living pay increase.  It will support critical priorities for New Hampshire’s families and businesses. And, it will include a trigger mechanism that ensures revenues are at levels that would at least sustain the current budget before additional tax cuts go into effect. It will also allow the next legislature to determine what spending or revenue offsets should be made to pay for the second round of tax cuts – before they go into effect.”

We applaud the Governor and the legislature for continuing to work together to arrive at this point.  We were confident that, in the end, ideology would take a back seat to this common sense approach that benefits NH citizens by preserving critical public services, while also serving the interests of our economy.

Tomorrow, the legislature will introduce legislation that reflects the compromise – a bill that provides for the 2015 – 2017 employment agreement with the state employees and a bill that provides for the business tax decrease, with the “trigger.”  They will then consider an override of the Governor’s budget veto. If the legislation passes, Governor Hassan will then ask Democrats to support overriding the veto allowing both the compromise and the budget to go into effect.

The state employees’ will receive a 2% wage increase as of January 1, 2016 and a second 2% increase in January 2017. 

While we are happy with this forward movement and support the compromise, we remain concerned about other outstanding issues.  We look forward to continuing to work with our legislators to find reasonable solutions that are fiscally conservative and protect the state’s long-term financial outlook and ability to support critical priorities for New Hampshire’s families and businesses.”

You can read Governor Hassan’s full statement of the compromise here.

You can also read the response from the NH Senate Democrats here.

New Petition To Uphold The Governor’s Veto Of This Reckless Budget

Sign the Petition (1)

Governor Hassan vetoed the Republican budget saying;

“I have vetoed the budget passed by the legislature because it is unbalanced, makes false promises about what it funds, and gives unpaid-for tax giveaways to big corporations, many based out-of-state, at the expense of critical economic priorities, including higher education, health care, public safety and transportation. The long-term impact of these unpaid-for corporate tax cuts will create a more than $90 million hole in future budgets, further eroding our ability to encourage economic growth.”

We must uphold Governor Hassan’s veto and end the unfunded tax giveaways written into this unbalanced budget.

We are calling on all of our elected representatives to vote and uphold Governor Hassan’s veto and force the leadership to work together and find a compromise that will keep New Hampshire moving in the right direction.

The Petition reads:

We believe that New Hampshire is moving in the right direction and this reckless budget will only take us backwards. We must end these unfunded tax giveaways to big business that will blow a $90 million dollar hole in our state budget.

We call on you, our elected representatives, to uphold Governor Hassan’s veto and work together to properly fund the needs and priorities of our great state. Priorities like rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, investing in our public schools, and providing the needed funds to combat the growing heroin epidemic.

Please sign the petition below or click here to sign.


  When you are done signing the petition, please send a letter to you state reps asking them not to fall victim to the “Kansas Tax Cut Trap” that will blow a $90 million dollar hole in our state budget. Click here to send your letter or fill out the form below.



Governor Hassan Ceremoniously Signs Legislation Moving NH Closer to Expanding Passenger Rail to Manchester


Governor Maggie Hassan ceremoniously signed two pieces of legislation today at Nashua City Hall aimed at getting the state closer to bringing passenger rail to Manchester. The legislation will make the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority more efficient and more appealing to state agencies seeking to provide funding for rail infrastructure projects. A second piece of legislation calls for a legislative committee to study public-private partnerships for infrastructure improvements, which will be integral in the effort to expand passenger rail along the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor. Governor Hassan was joined, from left to right, by: Adam Hlasny, Transportation Planner with the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission; State Senator Bette Lasky; David Preece, Executive Director of the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission and Vice-Chairman of NHRTA; Michael Skelton, President and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce; Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau; NHRTA Chairman Michael Izbicki; and Tracy Hatch, President and CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce.

SB 88 allows NH Rail Transit Authority to operate more efficiently and SB 63 establishes a legislative committee to study public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects

Nashua, NH – Governor Maggie Hassan ceremoniously signed two bills this morning in Nashua pushing the state closer to extending passenger rail to Manchester along the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor. Senate Bill 63 will help make the Rail Transit Authority (NHRTA) both more efficient and more appealing to federal agencies seeking to invest in states with well-organized rail authorities, and Senate Bill 88 establishes a committee to study public-private partnerships for intermodal transportation projects. During the signing ceremony at Nashua City Hall, Governor Hassan was joined by NHRTA Chairman Michael Izbicki, State Senator Bette Lasky, Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, Michael Skelton, President and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and Tracy Hatch, President and CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, along with business leaders and rail supporters.

“Senate Bill 88 and Senate Bill 63 mark important steps in the process of expanding rail along New Hampshire’s Capitol Corridor, which could have a transformative impact on our state’s economy,” said Michael Izbicki, Chairman of the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority. “Along with helping NHRTA operate more efficiently, this legislation could help open the door for New Hampshire to seek out alternative funding sources for critical infrastructure improvements, including rail. NHRTA, the state’s two largest Chambers of Commerce, 68% percent of New Hampshire residents and a growing list of businesses all agree that we need to invest in the state’s rail infrastructure, and this legislation gets us closer to that goal.”

Along with streamlining the membership of NHRTA’s board of directors, Senate Bill 63 also establishes an advisory board for NHRTA. Under Senate Bill 88, a legislative committee will identify potential revenue sources to fund passenger rail and other intermodal transportation options. These new sources of funding could help shift the burden from the state and enable New Hampshire to invest in its crumbling transportation infrastructure.  The legislative committee has already begun studying these types of partnerships.

“A modern, safe transportation infrastructure is critical to the success of our people and businesses, and bringing commuter rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester will help ensure that our people and businesses have the full range of modern transportation options that they need, help bring more young people to New Hampshire and help spur economic growth. Commuter rail is one of my priorities for attracting more young people to the Granite State and encouraging innovative economic growth, and I am proud to have signed these two bills that represent an important part of the process to moving commuter rail forward into law.”

Across the country, public-private partnerships are becoming a more viable option for financing needed infrastructure improvements. With $1 billion in private financing, a public-private partnership in Denver called the Eagle P3 Project is helping to construct three new commuter rail lines. The Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority is developing a major tunnel and bridge project as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project through a public-private partnership. The Virginia Department of Transportation is relying on a public-private partnership to redevelop a 14-mile stretch of its Capital Beltway, creating a managed-lane model.

“These types of partnerships carry a number of potential benefits, like engaging private sector innovation to help drive down costs which can help and sustain price certainty, even in long-term budgeting,” Izbicki added.

The bill signing ceremony today comes on the heels of an announcement last week that the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) had been awarded a $30,000 challenge grant to continue public education and advocacy for advancing commuter rail to Manchester. In an effort to keep up the momentum, SNHPC is using the challenge grant to engage key stakeholders, business leaders and the public to continue to build on a still-growing base of rail supporters.

Earlier this year, the state released the NH Capitol Corridor Study, which analyzed the 73-mile corridor from Boston, MA to Concord, NH.  The study indicated that the Manchester Regional Rail alternative, which would serve two stations in Nashua, one in downtown Manchester and one at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, would offer the greatest economic benefit with a relatively moderate investment.

The next step in the rail expansion process is the critical project development phase, which costs $4 million and consists of establishing a detailed financial plan, preliminary engineering, environmental permitting and preparation of funding applications for submission to the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Rail Administration.

To learn more about efforts to expand passenger rail in New Hampshire, please visit www.nhrta.org.

About the NH Capitol Corridor Study 

In early 2015, a comprehensive analysis of the 73-mile corridor from Boston, MA to Concord, NH known as the NH Capitol Corridor Study was released which indicated that the Manchester Regional Rail alternative, which would serve two stations in Nashua, one in downtown Manchester and one at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, would offer the greatest economic benefit with a relatively moderate investment. After reviewing the results of the study, NHRTA voted to formally support extending passenger rail service to Manchester, with continued interest in extending passenger rail to Concord.

According to the study, the Manchester Regional Rail alternative would create approximately 230 jobs through construction of the rail line and an additional 3,390 construction jobs would be created to build real estate development generated by rail. Beginning in 2030, the expansion of rail would create 1,730 new jobs every year. Real estate development would add $750 million to the state’s output between 2021 and 2030, with reinvested earnings would add $220 million per year beyond 2030.

The total capital investment to bring passenger rail to Manchester is estimated at $245.6 million, but New Hampshire’s investment could shrink to $72 million with contributions from regional partners coupled with 50% federal support.  The investment required to cover debt service on a 20-year bond and annual operating and maintenance costs would be $11 million annually.  

About the NH Rail Transit Authority

The NH Rail Transit Authority (NHRTA) was established in 2007 and is tasked with encouraging and overseeing the redevelopment of passenger rail services throughout New Hampshire with an initial emphasis on the NH Capitol Corridor. The NHRTA is administratively attached to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and consists of a nine-member board of directors comprised of the NH Department of Transportation, the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, a member of the NHRTA advisory board, two representatives from the House Transportation Committee and four appointees by the governor. NHRTA’s board of directors takes guidance from an advisory board comprised of broad based membership from 14 cities and towns, 9 regional planning commissions, the NH College and University Council, the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and three members appointed by the governor. Learn more at www.nhrta.org

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Response to Governor’s Compromise Budget Proposal

On Thursday morning, Gov. Maggie Hassan presented a compromise budget proposal and urged lawmakers to get to work quickly to reach an agreement.

The compromise proposal includes more funding for numerous key priorities, including winter road maintenance, fighting the addiction epidemic, overtime at the Department of Corrections, and the Community College System of New Hampshire. The proposal also includes funding for the new state employee contract negotiated by SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members; the Legislature cut funding for that agreement during budget negotiations.

Following the press conference, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Richard Gulla issued the following statement:

“We applaud the governor for proactively putting forward a budget compromise that incorporates priorities from both Republicans and Democrats, and including the funding necessary to fulfill the fairly negotiated contract for the hard working state employees who deliver quality public services to our state every day,” Gulla said.

“Throughout this budget process, our members have continued to do their jobs to make sure our roads are safe, our veterans and most needy are cared for, and that Granite Staters have the tools they need to compete for good jobs in today’s economy,” Gulla said. “Now it’s time for the Legislature to do its job, by coming back to the table quickly and reaching a bipartisan compromise by the target date of Sept. 16 so that we have a state budget that meets the needs of our state.”

Governor Hassan’s Statement on the STEM Task Force Report

 CONCORD – After the Governor’s Task Force on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education released its final report, Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:

“Modernizing how we educate our students in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math is critical to helping them develop the skills needed for good jobs in the innovation economy, and I thank the members of the task force for their important work.

“Developed with input from leaders throughout the education and business communities, the task force recommendations outline how our schools and students can be competitive in the 21st century economy. This report will help us strengthen the foundations of STEM education, inspire our students through competitions and more hands-on experiences, and empower our teachers. By bringing our standards into the 21st century, we can ensure that our students are prepared to compete for jobs in today’s global economy.”

As part of her efforts to help students develop the skills and critical thinking needed for success in the innovation economy, Governor Maggie Hassan issued an Executive Order in April 2014 creating the Governor’s Task Force on STEM Education. For the task force’s final report, visit http://www.governor.nh.gov/commissions-task-forces/stem/index.htm.

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