This summer I’ve been very busy advocating for the Monadnock Region, throughout NH and nationally, on economic and workforce development, education, healthcare, broadband, and fiscal responsibility. Projects begun this summer that will have regional benefits include:
Over 30+ years I’ve spent time in Europe connecting with people in German towns and cities that see my family as part of their land. In spite of the complexities in German-Jewish-American relationships with Europe, our interactions generally produce a sense of global kinship.
The most noticeable point of contention is revenue. Republicans decided to cut business taxes rather than supporting workforce retention and training and property tax reductions, both of which are overwhelmingly the preference of Cheshire County businesses and residents. Small businesses benefit little from the tax cuts, and nobody benefits from the lack of workforce development initiatives. The tax cuts took $22 million out of the budget for FY19 and maybe up to $200 million out of the FY21 budget. It will force the state to continue
The end of April newsletter has some upbeat notes. I find that there is much gained from the transfer of state legislation from one chamber to the next. The first chamber establishes a record upon which the second chamber can build, often resulting in clarifying or altering amendments.
This past week was crossover week, where a lot of legislation had to pass from the Senate to the House or at least be passed and tabled for future consideration, particularly bills that have some funding impact. In summary, there were some gains and more setbacks that deserve your continued attention.