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Put The Middle Class First Bus Tour

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The bus tour stops in Manchester at 10:00am, at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Manchester speakers will include NH Alliance for Retired Americans President Lucy Edwards and Pastor Gail Kinney.

The Nashua stop will be at 1:00pm outside the Nashua Public Library.

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The political narrative around bread and butter economic issues that won the day for progressives and Democrats in 2012 is no less important today.  And, at a time when Republicans are doubling down on policies that hurt the middle class while benefiting the likes of the Koch brothers and the richest one percent, having a vehicle (pun intended) to advance the “who’s on your side” narrative that has worked so well for our side in the past is absolutely critical to our success.

Americans United has a rich and successful history of using bus tours for progressive campaigns that have generated significant benefits with respect to earned media and grassroots and grass-tops organizing.  Americans United’s most famous bus tour occurred in 2008 around the Presidency of George W. Bush and the failure of his and the GOP’s domestic and foreign policies during his tenure.  The Bush Legacy Bus was on the road for nearly five months, visiting 42 states and generating thousands of media hits with an estimated value of $2.5 million paid television airtime alone.  The tour contributed to the effort of Democrats to win the presidency, in part, by making a strong argument against putting another Republican in the White House for essentially a third Bush term.

More recently, Americans United ran a month-long national “Raise the Wage” bus tour advocating for raising the federal minimum wage, which appeared in key states ahead of a vote on the issue in the U.S. Senate.  The “Raise the Wage” bus tour held 35 events in 22 states resulting in 265 television clips valued at $301,846 in equivalent paid media time and 170 pages in newspaper clips.

Proposed “Put the Middle Class First” Bus Tour:  In contrast with the Right, Democrats have a detailed set of proposals that put the middle class first, giving more Americans a fair shot at getting into the middle class and achieving the American Dream.  Any one of these provides significant material for a bus tour, as Americans United proved with this spring’s “Raise the Wage” bus tour.  However, because these commonsense, popular policies can be combined together to draw a stark picture of what we are for and what the other side is against – and because the resonance of some of these issues varies some from state to state and even district to district – we are launching a bus tour to promote ways to “Put the Middle Class First” that will provide a platform to promote a range of progressive economic policies that are popular with the American people.

The issues we will highlight are those that would give Americans a fair shot, including:

·         Raising the minimum wage

·         Equal pay for equal work

·         Making college affordable

·         Creating jobs by investing in infrastructure

·         Protecting Social Security and Medicare

The bus’s art and rhetoric will make it adaptable as a platform to discuss any or all of these policies and to target, and hold accountable, lawmakers who are on the wrong side of these issues.  With “Put the Middle Class First” as the topline, the bus will serve as a platform for other issues in states, districts or communities where they make sense.

Duration, States: The Middle Class First bus tour will start Monday, October 6th and run until the weekend before the election.

Stops will include:

Monday, October 6

Manchester, NH

Nashua, NH

Tuesday, October 7

Portland, ME

Bangor, ME

Wednesday, October 8

Hartford, CT

Syracuse, NY

Thursday, October 9

Philadelphia, PA

Harrisburg, PA

Pittsburg, PA

Friday, October 10

Columbus, OH

Lansing/East Lansing, MI

Monday, October 13

Detroit (Southfield), MI

Chicago, IL

Tuesday, October 14

Milwaukee, WI

Madison, WI

Wednesday, October 15

Davenport, IA

Des Moines, IA

Red Oak, IA

Thursday, October 16

Omaha, NE

Friday, October 17

Denver, CO

Ft. Collins, CO

Monday, October 20

Dallas, TX

Texarkana, AR

Tuesday, October 21

Little Rock, AR

West Memphis, AR

Thursday, October 23

Tampa, FL

Orlando, FL

Friday, October 24

Tallahassee, FL

Atlanta, GA

Monday, October 27

Lexington, KY

Louisville, KY

Tuesday, October 28

Charleston, WV

Wednesday, October 29

Charlotte, NC

Greensboro, NC

Raleigh, NC

Thursday, October 30

Norfolk/Hampton Roads, VA

Richmond, VA

Friday, October 31

McLean, VA

Maine Community Health Options To Provide Coverage Across New Hampshire In 2015

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Nonprofit Insurance Carrier Awarded
$67.6 Million by CMS to Support Statewide Expansion
 

Concord, NH – Maine Community Health Options (MCHO) today announced its award of $67.6 million in additional financing from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to support its full statewide New Hampshire expansion. As a nonprofit, Member-directed Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), MCHO is now able to bring its plan offerings to benefit consumers through all of New Hampshire in 2015. MCHO’s proposed plans for the Marketplace in 2015 have been approved by the New Hampshire Insurance Department and are presently under review at CMS.

When asked about the rationale for expanding into New Hampshire, Kevin Lewis, chief executive officer of MCHO explained, “On the basis of our success in Maine, we will bring great benefits at affordable pricing to all people in New Hampshire. We offer a new model for health insurance, and people have responded positively. On the strength of our experience, we bring to New Hampshire desirable plan designs with an eye for improving health outcomes at lower costs to our Members.” MCHO garnered national attention earlier this year when it was highlighted as a high-performing CO-OP insurance company, securing 83% of the market share of the Marketplace business in Maine.

Today’s announcement about MCHO’s geographic expansion reflects MCHO’s dedication to bringing new options to the people of the Granite State in the upcoming year. MCHO’s broad network of providers is a contrast to narrow network approaches that have excluded certain hospitals and providers in 2014.

“Our plan is one of the few that includes a broad provider network,” said Robert Hillman, MCHO’s chief operating officer. “This is an important hallmark for us, as we want to help ensure that people can get the health care they need within their community. Partnering with providers and patients is central to our mission of providing comprehensive, Member-focused, and Member-led health insurance benefits for individuals, families and businesses.”

Of the total new CMS lending, $64.8 million is specifically allocated for the anticipated increase in reserves necessary per state and federal requirements for both Maine and New Hampshire combined. Both development and solvency loans will be repaid to the federal government within five and 15 years respectively.

About Maine Community Healthy Options:

Licensed in both Maine and New Hampshire, Maine Community Health Options (MCHO) is the Maine-based Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality health benefits through productive partnerships with their Members and a broad network of providers throughout its service areas.  For more information about MCHO, visit the website: www.maineoptions.org.

Shaheen Announces Job Training Program Grant To Concord Community College

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NHTI at Concord’s Community College will receive $2.5 million TAACCCT grant to support development of statewide IT training programs 

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced the New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) at Concord’s Community College as the recipient of a $2.5 million job-training grant from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program. The grant will support a project to create new certificate and associate degree programs in information technology (IT). The new programs, designed in partnership with employers, will expand job seekers’ ability to access training and career pathways to high-growth potential industries that require IT skills, such as health care, energy, and advanced manufacturing. Earlier this year, Shaheen wrote Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in support of NHTI’s grant application. She is also cosponsoring legislation to reauthorize the TAACCCT grant program.

“This investment in NHTI is great news for New Hampshire job seekers and our economy,” Shaheen said. “There is a growing need for highly-skilled workers trained in information technology, and this grant will help our community colleges partner with employers and develop educational pathways to prepare Granite Staters for the kind of in-demand jobs that are an important part of our state’s future.”

The $2.5 million grant comes from the TAACCCT competitive grant program, and will go toward an NHTI-Concord’s Community College project to develop, improve and expand adult educational training pathways to careers in multiple industries that require certified information technology skills and knowledge. NHTI will create a Common Core IT Curriculum certificate and associate degree programs in IT in fields including cyber security, networking and game programming, with the goal of expanding these programs to the six other campuses in the Community College System of New Hampshire.

“The grant will enable us to build upon very strong information technology programs here at NHTI,” said Susan Dunton, president of NHTI, Concord’s Community College. “We will expand IT programming with industry-recognized, stackable credentials; create an Industrial Design Technology program that builds upon our advanced manufacturing curriculum; expand industry partnerships with the game programming industry; and enhance academic and career advising to strengthen pathways to careers. This will create exciting new opportunities for students and strengthen the workforce pipeline for New Hampshire employers. I thank the team here at NHTI who put an extraordinary amount of work into developing this grant and successfully bringing these resources to New Hampshire. ”

“New Hampshire’s community colleges are committed to enhancing pathways in high-skill, high-demand and high-paying fields to strengthen New Hampshire’s economy and support the economic advancement of New Hampshire communities and residents. This grant reflects our continuing effort to ensure that our state benefits from opportunities at the federal level,” said CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell.

Shaheen has made promoting job creation and economic growth in New Hampshire a top priority throughout her career. She has been a strong advocate for workforce training programs that give American workers the knowledge and skills needed to compete for quality jobs, and has introduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Thad Cochran (R-MI), the On-the-Job Training Act, to help Americans obtain employment and learn the skills they need to keep it. Earlier this year, Congress passed bipartisan legislation improving the nation’s workforce development system and prioritizing the on-the-job training programs Shaheen has championed.

Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen Announce Five NH Projects to Receive Northern Border Regional Commission Grant

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Grants to Help Spur Economic and Community Development in the North Country

CONCORD – Governor Maggie Hassan and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that five New Hampshire projects will receive grant funding from the Northern Border Regional Commission to help spur economic and community development in the North Country.

Totaling $968,365, the five grants will be awarded to the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN), the Town of Littleton, the Coos Economic Development Council, the Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) and the University of New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program.

“The Northern Border Regional Commission is an important regional collaboration and federal-state partnership that helps spur economic and community development in some of our most economically distressed areas,” Governor Hassan said. “These five projects will address infrastructure and transportation needs and promote business development across the North Country, creating jobs and strengthening our economy. I thank Senator Shaheen, the Northern Border Regional Commission and our regional partners in Maine, New York and Vermont for their efforts to help make this important investment in our people, businesses and communities a reality.”

“Today’s announcement is great news for jobs and the economy in northern New Hampshire,” Senator Shaheen said. “These five projects will support small business growth while addressing important infrastructure needs that are crucial for economic development in the North Country. I am hopeful that with the support of this grant, we will see a rejuvenation of North Country communities and businesses that have faced significant economic challenges.”

“This is great news for the North Country,” state Senator Jeff Woodburn said. “Each of these projects will in their own way contribute to revitalizing our economy, improving life for people and our business community.  I’m grateful to the persistent leadership of these organizations who applied for these grants and work tirelessly to improve our communities, and our national, regional and state officials who advocated so strongly for us.”

WREN will receive a $161,670 grant to create an entrepreneurial training center and “maker space” to serve more than an estimated 75 emerging and existing entrepreneurs.

The Town of Littleton will receive $250,000 to support a Main Street revitalization project, with two businesses already saying they plan to expand once the project is completed. Littleton will construct a multi-use bridge over the Ammonoosuc River, which will connect pedestrians, bicycles and off-road vehicles with downtown and the riverfront.

The Coos Economic Development Council will receive a $250,000 grant to construct a new cell tower on Cummings Mountain in West Dummer, a strategic connection that will provide service in unserved areas of Coos County, encouraging business development and enhancing emergency communications.

The NCIC will receive a $200,000 grant to expand and improve the NH Grand website, an important visitor information portal for Coos County.  NH Grand supports tourism marketing initiatives, and the funding will be used to incorporate new features on the website, including search engine optimization, multi-lingual accessibility, mapping and teletype, as well as a booking system and marketing opportunities via search engine sponsorships.

The University of New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program will receive a $106,695 grant to extend and enhance its broadband availability and mapping activities to the rural addresses of Coos County. The project will provide data about service availability in unserved and underserved areas in the region, which will be used to prioritize where investment should be focused to expand broadband access and to provide information to people and businesses considering relocating to the region.

The NBRC was created as a federal-state partnership approved in the 2008 Farm Bill, with a mission to address the economic and community development needs in economically distressed communities in the Northern Forest region, which includes New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and New York.

New Web Video Highlights Sen. Shaheen’s Support For NH Workers And Opposing Outsourcing

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Manchester — Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign is releasing a new web video titled “Backbone,” that highlights the clear difference between Senator Shaheen’s record and commitment to helping create jobs in New Hampshire, and Scott Brown’s support for companies and policies that ship U.S. jobs to China and Mexico.

As Massachusetts’ Senator, Scott Brown voted to protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. Since leaving the Senate, Brown joined the board of a Massachusetts company that sent American jobs to China to increase its bottom line. Brown collected more than a quarter of a million dollars serving on the company’s board and even signed legal documents just two days before he entered the race for the U.S. Senate that endorsed the company’s outsourcing practices.

“New Hampshire workers have been hard hit by the outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries,” Shaheen says in the video. “In November, there will be a very clear choice about who supports sending jobs overseas. Scott Brown wants a tax code that rewards companies for sending jobs overseas. Scott Brown wants to help pay for companies to build plants overseas. We need leaders who understand that working families are the backbone of this country.”

Jeanne Shaheen has worked tirelessly to strengthen New Hampshire’s middle class and help create jobs throughout the state. She voted to close tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas, and fought to invest in our state’s roads and bridges by securing funding to expand I-93 and rebuild the Portsmouth Memorial Bridge, both of which created hundreds of new jobs. She took on her own party and opposed a new round of base closures to protect the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the people who work there.

Senator Shaheen also wrote provisions in the Small Business Jobs Act that established programs like the STEP grant, which provides key support to businesses across the state trying to sell their products overseas. She was the first New Hampshire Governor to lead a trade mission outside of North America, and has been a strong advocate for Trade Adjustment Assistance grants, which help train workers for new jobs when their previous jobs have been outsourced.

“I want to sell New Hampshire products overseas; I want to invest in rebuilding our roads and bridges, and create good jobs here in New Hampshire; I want a tax code that encourages companies to bring jobs back to the United States,” Shaheen says in the video.

Meet The Candidate: Diane Sheehan For Executive Council District 5

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Diane SheehanI am Diane Sheehan, and I am a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Executive Councilor in District 5.

As a three-time Alderman in Nashua, the largest city in our Executive Council District, I have always been supported by our Firefighters and Teachers Unions, and won each time.  I have been proud to receive their support in recognition to the fact that I place a high priority on our employees, our families, and the value that hardworking employees bring to our community.

I am endorsed by the Professional Firefighters of NH and the Teamsters for the Executive Council.

PFF SheehanMy Dad, who now lives with us, is a retired Teamster.  My Mom, now deceased, worked for the US Post Office, which was a blessing when she was struck with terminal breast cancer.  She didn’t have to worry about losing her health insurance while she was going through her illness, or going bankrupt to pay for her care.

My husband, Patrick is now retired from the city, but was our AFSCME Local 365 president when I was first elected. My home has been union.

I have a deep understanding of the morale impact of working under an expired contract – or worse, working to contract, or even striking. As a kid, there was strike for my Dad, and I remember the impact on our family, the stress my Dad went through, and the sacrifices that had to be made because there was no paycheck.

Just before I ran for office, I marched with the Nashua teachers in their rally before the near-miss strike.

Once I was elected, one of my first legislative actions was requiring a first contract reading to have all costs outlined. Previously, that was rarely done, and our 30 day window would expire. This obstruction was often stalled the process and triggered renegotiations. That is now a thing of the past. It passed the Board unanimously, and our process has been much smoother as a result.

I have gone to Concord to speak against Right to Work (for less).

Professionally, I have management experience, and I understand that is it better for an organization to work with a contract, and that working together to align goals in a contract drives good outcomes for both parties. As an executive, I negotiated contracts, and as Alderman At-Large in Nashua, I vote on labor contracts.

I have passed 35 pieces of legislation in my first two terms as Alderman. Most passed nearly unanimously.  My process includes working with others: finding common ground to make solutions makes it easier to get to “yes.”

Coming from a labor-based family gives me a labor-based perspective.  Small issues are slippery slopes to incremental erosions of bigger issues that affect consumers, labor, and families.

Union-busting attempts are easy to recognize when you have grown up with them. Right to Work (for less) is bad for New Hampshire. We have had an excellent ranking of economies in our country, but when you look at the Right to Work states, you see they are the bottom. We’re the model for them to follow, not the other way around.

We need to look out for our middle class, strengthening and expanding it — not lining the pockets of the 1%.

I am the voice that understands and speaks up for the middle class, and I ask for your support on September 9th.   

Vote Sheehan for the best chance of standing up to the anti-labor candidate who will seek to dismantle our New Hampshire way.

 

Nashua Locals Hold “A Vigil for Tolerance, Acceptance and Welcoming”

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This week, I had the privilege of helping to organize and attend a great event in Nashua. The vigil was to show support for all of the refugees and immigrants coming to New Hampshire and many of our southern states.

Over the past few months, a group led by Jerry Delemus and the “912 project” have been traveling around our state, opposing immigration reform and using the thousands of child refugees as a backdrop to promote their hate-filled agenda.

After seeing their gathering on the Exit 6 overpass on one Saturday afternoon, I was personally outraged. Yes, there is a lot of political controversy surrounding the unaccompanied minors at the US border. But these children are not coming to America as immigrants – they are surrendering themselves to US Border agents as refugees from war torn countries, where oppressive governments and gangs are literally murdering children in the streets.

The sad fact is that some of these children are killed within a week of being deported back to their home country.

I connected with Representative Sylvia Gale (Nashua Ward 1) who gathered a group of immigration advocates to organize an event to show that real Granite Staters are not bigots using children for political purposes – but that, instead, we are a truly welcoming community.

 

The Vigil for Tolerance, Acceptance and Welcoming

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At the vigil, guests were asked to leave their own message on the sign.

“Bring us your tired…Your poor…Your huddled masses yearning to be free”
— Emma Lazarus

These are the immortal words inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty. For many immigrants, like my great-grandparents, the Statue of Liberty symbolizes that America is truly a welcoming country.   No matter where you come from, or why you chose to come here, the United States welcomes you to seek your own version of the American Dream.

Around 50-60 people gathered on the steps of Nashua’s City Hall, directly under the ever-waving State of New Hampshire flag, to let the people of Nashua’s bustling downtown area know that we are tolerant and welcoming.

Rev. Bertha Perkins of the New Fellowship Baptist Church

Rev. Bertha Perkins of the New Fellowship Baptist Church

The plaza was filled with a variety of people including labor leaders, immigration activists, and elected representatives. Dozens of people came with their own hand-made signs with phases like, “No human is illegal” and “Immigration rights are civil rights”.

The vigil was opened with a prayer from Rev. Bertha Perkins of the New Fellowship Baptist Church.   She talked about how “God made us all in his own image” and that we are all humans.

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Rep Sylvia Gale gave a wonderful speech explaining why we need to show that New Hampshire and the United States are open and welcoming.

We will raise our voices so that all will know that here in Greater Nashua, here in the State of New Hampshire, and that all throughout this land we embrace and celebrate our differences. From Portland, Maine, to Maricopa County, Arizona, to Ferguson, Missouri, to Murietta, California, to Brownsville, Texas, to Miami, Florida, and beyond, from border to border, and from sea to shining sea, we are a Welcoming Community and we are a Tolerant Nation.”

(Rep Gale’s full speech is included below)

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Eva Castillo of the Immigrant and Refugees Coalition and Janeth Orozco of Welcoming NH spoke about how we need to change the political messaging surrounding immigrants and refugees. Castillo said, “We are all human” and that “We should be open and welcoming of people and their cultures that have shaped our nation”.

Ray Ealey, a member of the New Fellowship Baptist Church, led the group in a rousing version of “We Shall Overcome.” All of the attendees gathered in a circle, held hands and sang out.

Rev. Tom Woodward gave the closing prayer and “Call to Action.”

While our elected leaders fight to overcome the gridlock in Washington D.C to pass meaningful immigration reform, we want everyone to know – despite what others may say – New Hampshire is a tolerant, welcoming community.

The differences in all of us are what make America the great nation it is today.

And New Hampshire has always welcomed people – no matter what color, what language, what religion, what circumstances – to come here and “Live Free.”

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Full Speech by Rep. Sylvia Gale

Thank you all for joining us this evening.   This event was conceived and came about as a result of the thoughts and actions of many of us who are gathered here, along with many others who are unable to join us.

We have been distressed and dismayed with the news of what has been happening at our nation’s southern most borders…..that of more than 60,000 children, many of them unaccompanied by any legal parent or guardian, making the dangerous and overwhelmingly difficult journey to find safety and comfort which can no longer be assured in their home countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

These children, some as young as 4 or 6, are literally fleeing for their lives and have been sent by their families with the last desperate hope of being reunited with other family members who may already be somewhere in the United States.   They and their families know that there is no guarantee that they will be able to stay here, but yet they come, fleeing for their very lives. 

No longer, as in the past, are they only fleeing to escape the devastating poverty in their home countries, but now they come seeking protection and safety from the unimaginable violence in their homes and schools, with murder rates raging out of control due to the seemingly unstoppable drug cartels that appear to have exerted their rampant violence into every aspect of civic and community existence in those countries. 

And, as news of this flood of young and desperate refugees has spread across this great nation, we have been further alarmed and dismayed by the reactions of some of our fellow countrymen and women who have raised signs and slogans steeped in racism and bigotry and have loudly shouted, “Not Welcome Here……GO HOME…..

We are here tonight to lend our voices, our messages, and our commitment to carry on a dialogue for PEACE through Understanding which needs to once again become loud enough so that all members of our community can hear it.

We will raise our voices so that all will know that here in Greater Nashua, here in the State of New Hampshire, and that all throughout this land we embrace and celebrate our differences. From Portland, Maine, to Maricopa County, Arizona, to Ferguson, Missouri, to Murietta, California, to Brownsville, Texas, to Miami, Florida, and beyond, from border to border, and from sea to shining sea, we are a Welcoming Community and we are a Tolerant Nation. 

We will drown out the voices of those who cling to hatred and bigotry, and we will continue to work…together…to achieve Peace through Understanding.

In order to honor all who have come before us, and all of those who have lost their lives struggling to find safety and freedom, we will now hold a time of silence for reflection, and to strengthen our resolve to do all that we can to exert our collective influence upon local, state, and national leaders to address the needs of not only these children, but of all of this nation’s newest arrivals……

(Moment of silence) 

To borrow from the poetic words of Emma Lazarus that are inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty, we say: “Give US your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free…..Here they should find safety and comfort, and be Welcomed…..

 

NH – APWU Endorse Jeanne Shaheen For US Senate

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NH Postal Workers Union Proud to Announce Endorsement of Jeanne Shaheen On Labor Day Weekend

Manchester–Today, the New Hampshire Postal Workers Union is proud to announce their endorsement of Jeanne Shaheen for re-election, citing her work protecting the postal service, creating good paying jobs and standing up for New Hampshire workers and their families. Union leaders and members made clear that their decision to endorse was an easy one due to the stark contrast in this race between Jeanne Shaheen and her likely opponent when it comes to putting New Hampshire jobs first.

 “Senator Shaheen supported every postal worker in New Hampshire when she personally urged members of the Appropriations Committee to protect the USPS service standards, helping to preserve a vital public service,” said NH APWU President Dana Coletti. “Jeanne Shaheen looks out for the people of New Hampshire and has always put the families of this state first.

“Meanwhile, Scott Brown is against increasing the minimum wage and supports tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas.” noted Janice Kelble, NH APWU Legislative Director.  “Now, he’s cashing in as a board member of a company that has offshored American jobs. That’s not the New Hampshire way. Scott Brown is wrong for the state, which is why we will work to reelect Senator Jeanne Shaheen.”

 Jeanne Shaheen has fought to strengthen the economy and create jobs for New Hampshire workers. This month, she signed a letter urging the leadership of the Appropriations Committee to protect the postal service standards, which is critical to maintaining the USPS as a public service. She’s supported investments in the state’s roads and bridges, which postal workers travel on every day, securing funding to rebuild the Portsmouth Memorial Bridge and expand I-93. Shaheen is also fighting to raise the minimum wage and voted to close tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas.

Teamsters Local 633 Endorse Diane Sheehan For Executive Council

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Teamsters LogoToday Executive Council candidate Diane Sheehan was endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters local 633.  After receiving the endorsement Diane Sheehan released the following statment:

“I am proud, honored and truly appreciative to receive the endorsement of the Teamsters Local 633 for Executive Council, District 5.

As a current Alderman At-Large in Nashua, I am well aware of the importance of having a solid, professional workforce. Investing in good employees is good for the long term health of our community, our economy, and our quality of life.  My track record of commitment to our labor forces is something I am proud of, and glad that is it noted by the Teamsters We see the importance and value of treating employees with respect, and compensation when we watch what just happened with Market Basket. People matter.  I pledge to bring to the Council their cares and concerns and to work as hard in representing them, and all the people of District 5, as they come to work committed each day.

I humbly thank them for the confidence they have placed in me.”

Senator D’Allesandro: “Enough with the Election Year Budget Stunts”

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Concord, NH — Senate Finance Committee Vice Chair Lou D’Allesandro today issued a statement calling for an end to recent election-year political stunts on the budget.

“Every year, we follow the same process for managing the budget, which includes closing the books on the fiscal year at the end of September.  This is what the law calls for, that is what we have done for many years, and this year is no different.   And taking the appropriate time is a good thing. It takes this time because agencies have to comb through hundreds of accounting units; a process that administrative services has to repeat to ensure accuracy. In addition, agencies and administrative services are still processing bills that are related to Fiscal Year 2014 expenses. Everyone who has worked within the budget process knows that closing the books is not an overnight process, and getting an incomplete picture would be misleading at best.

It’s no big surprise that in an election year, political parties would try to manufacture an issue, but the recent press releases making wild claims about the budget are coming out of thin air, and amount to nothing more than a stunt. There is no indication that agencies are exceeding their spending authority and HHS has not issued any report suggesting that they are exceeding their budget by $100 million, as some have stated as if it were a point of fact.

Actually, the state currently appears to be on track to end the year with a balanced budget — a balanced budget that was achieved through bipartisan cooperation between Republicans and Democrats under the leadership of our Governor.

The Governor has made it clear that her administration will follow the law and the traditional practice of delivering full, unaudited financial statements by the end of September, when we have a more complete picture of each agency’s situation. That is exactly what she should do. I hope that at that time, we can work together across party lines to assess the situation with full and accurate information and continue to maintain a responsible, balanced budget.”

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