In a move that’s bound to antagonize Her Highness, the Governess Margaret Wood Hassan, the State Senate Ways and Means Committee, last week, passed a couple of bills that would lower business taxes. Hassan has complained that business tax reforms from the prior session are the reason the state budget is in the red, despite the fact that revenues are outperforming estimates overall. The committee gave the nod to Senate Bill One, which would lower the Business Profits Tax from eight and a half percent to seven point nine percent over the next three budget cycles. Senate Bill 2 would lower the Business Enterprise Tax from seven and a half percent to six and three quarters over that same period of time. In a statement released last week, State Senator Andy Sanborn, Republican from Bedford lamented New Hampshire’s status as the state with the highest business taxes in New England and hailed the bills’ approvals saying quote “Our lackluster economic recovery is clear proof of our need to find every way possible to ensure we are an affordable, competitive state to do business.”
The Bow Athletic Club has partnered with Positive Coaching Alliance to ensure a positive, character-building experience for all youth athletes in its programs. P C A is a Stanford University-based non-profit organization, which conducts workshops for coaches, organizational leaders and parents involved in schools and sports organizations serving five-to-18-year-old athletes. P C A also provides workshops for high school athletes. The first workshop, Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons, is scheduled for the morning of March fourteenth from nine to eleven in the Bow High School auditorium. We’ve posted all the links you’ll need to learn about the organizations, get more information and register for the workshops with this news read at Girard at-Large dot com.
Students and staff at Gossler Park Elementary School in Manchester were evacuated from the building on Friday after several cracks were discovered in the walls. The evacuation was a precautionary measure and students were shuffled over to neighboring Parkside while staff from the Facilities Division of the Public Works Department examined the building. While the Manchester School District’s cracker-jack communications staff put out notice of the evacuation and dismissal Friday afternoon, there has been no further information on the condition of the school. No doubt, they were busy shoveling snow off the flat roof over the weekend.
News from our own backyard continues after this.
For the seventh time we know of in the last year and a half or so, a member of a government body has called the cops on a citizen who did nothing more than express an opinion during a public meeting. As we shared with those who follow us on Facebook on Friday, The Laconia Sun reported that fifty six year old Jeffrey T. Clay, was arrested and charged with one count of failing to move from a public place after being ordered to do so by a police officer and one count of disrupting a public meeting. Both of the above charges are Class B misdemeanors and punishable by a fine if he is convicted.
Clay attended the February third meeting of the Alton Board of Selectman and objected to a revised public input policy that had just been adopted. He called for board members to resign. Clay brought and set a timer so he wouldn’t exceed the newly imposed five minute time limit. It wasn’t long after that that Selectman David Hussey complained about character assassination and Board Chair R. Loring Carr demanded he stop. Carr even took a motion to terminate the public input session while Police Chief Ryan Heath looked on.
On several occasions Heath also asked Clay to stop speaking, even laying his hands on Clay, who asked him not to do so and asked him if he was being arrested. When Heath responded not yet, Clay continued with his comments until being told he was being arrested, at which point he was compliantly removed by the chief.
After Clay was cleared from the room, Carr reopened public input without a motion from the board which voted to close it. According to The Sun, Clay has continually been at odds with selectmen over what he believes are deliberate violations of the state’s Right to Know Law. We have the audio. We’ll play it this morning. It’s worthy of outrage and I’m thinking on the heals of the court’s decision in the Billy Baer case against the Gilford School Board, the Alton selectmen are about to be in heap big trouble.
Watch the video for yourself! (If doesn’t start where it starts, forward to 10:39. It runs through 14:45)
Perhaps Alton’s police chief should visit with his counterpart in Candia where the police have better things to do than arrest citizens with opinions not liked by the Board of Selectmen. Candia’s valiant battle against its now legendary crime wave continued with police reporting one hundred twenty five motor vehicle stops last month from which came five summons. There were also nine arrests, including for various driving infractions, drug possession, weapons violations, Breach of Bail and providing false information to obtain a firearm. We’ll keep an eye on Candia and ask only that you pray, pray for their survival!
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