Looks like the New Hampshire Republican State Committee has hit pay-dirt on another complaint it filed with the N H Department of Justice over campaign contributions to Governor Margaret Wood Hassan. Yesterday, Hassan’s campaign coughed up nine thousand dollars it illegally received from the from the Plumbers and Steamfitters PAC. Last week, Attorney General Joseph Foster forced Hassan to return twenty four thousand dollars in contributions from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC. A G O P complaint regarding the legality of a twenty five thousand dollar contribution made by the Plumbers and Steamfitters PAC to Hassan’s campaign in two thousand twelve is under investigation. Quote “Once again (Governor Hassan) has been caught red-handed taking thousands of dollars in illegal contributions and putting the concerns of the special interests that are funding her campaign ahead of New Hampshire’s interests. The dark ethical cloud hanging over the Hassan Administration has undermined public confidence in state government and called Governor Hassan’s integrity into question. It’s time for the governor to come clean by disclosing any further illegal donations she may have received and immediately releasing her campaign finance reports” said G O P Chairman Jennifer Horn.
Looks like the governor might also be trying to keep a lid on the state’s money woes in addition to trying to hide her campaign’s financial misdealings. Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester, Republican from Meredith, issued a statement yesterday renewing her call for Hassan to provide an update on state spending, a call she made more than a month ago. As Hassan has instructed departments on developing the next state budget, Forrester said quote “It’s been more than a month since we closed the books on Fiscal 20 14, but we still don’t know how much money our state agencies spent. That’s unacceptable. I renew my request for the Governor to provide a comprehensive update on state spending by department so that we can know the size of the budget problem we’re facing. Otherwise, we’re starting the next budget process in the dark, and possibly in the red.” Fiscal Year 2014 ended on June 30th.
Attorney General Joseph Foster reports that his office is receiving numerous telephone calls from employees of Market Basket reporting that they have been laid off from their jobs and were instructed to call the A G’s Office. The employees are requesting information regarding unemployment benefits and other issues relating to their job status. Unlike the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the New Hampshire Attorney General does not handle employment issues; New Hampshire Employment Security and the New Hampshire Department of Labor do. The AG says questions concerning unemployment benefits should be directed to Employment Security at 2 2 3 6 1 2 6 or its Web site, which is n h e s dot n h dot gov. Instructions on filing and a Frequently Asked Questions document specific to Market Basket employees are available on the website. Any other wage and hour questions should be directed to the Department of Labor at 2 7 1 3 1 7 6 or its Web site n h dot gov forward slash labor. News from our own backyard continues after this.
Manchester police officers assigned to the downtown area are very familiar with a city resident known as “the Major”. The military veteran, whose real name is Curtis Payne, is frequently seen on Elm Street cleaning up trash, waving to citizens and engaging in colorful conversations while wearing his bright orange traffic vest. Police officers, business owners and residents alike applaud and appreciate his efforts to keep the city clean. In fact, the owner of The Smoke Shop purchased a bicycle for Payne so he could easily get to and from the downtown area where he voluntarily works everyday. Unfortunately Payne’s bicycle, which was last seen parked outside of the Shaskeen two days ago, was stolen! The full suspension, green Schwinn bicycle is one of Payne’s prize possessions and the police are asking the public to assist in finding it. If you have any information on the whereabouts of the The Major’s green Schwinn, please contact the Manchester Police Department at 6 6 8 8 7 1 1. The New Boston Republican Committee will host a Candidates Night on Thursday, September fourth at the Whipple Free Library starting at seven. This is your chance to meet, hear and question candidates running for a variety of offices. Those confirmed so far include: Senator Andy Sanborn, State Representative Bill O’Brien, state rep. candidates William Foster and Keith Ammon, County Attorney candidate Dennis Hogan, District Five Executive Council candidates Dr. Steve Hattamer and Dave Wheeler and Second District congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia. The committee invites you to come along and bring a friend!
The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the town of Milford and SHARE, is hosting a job fair on Thursday, August 14 from 10 to 1 in the Milford Town Hall Auditorium. Several companies are participating, offering more than one hundred jobs. Positions available include: Production workers, quality assurance techs, automotive technicians, building trades, culinary arts, fitness training, L P N, L N A, respite caregivers, wait-staff, service and filtration technicians, sales, banking, software engineers, java developers, embedded engineers, dotnet engineers, and businesses analyst. For more information, visit souhegan dot net. That’s news from our own backyard, Girard at Large hour ___