New Hampshire Senate and House conferees approved two reports in support of senate bills 2 3 9 and 3 4 2 which aim at improving the small business environment in the state. Senator Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, Republican from Wolfeboro, said S B 2 3 9 aligns New Hampshire with the I R S code and increases expensing provisions for businesses from twenty-five thousand dollars to one-hundred thousand dollars, which they hope will encourage business owners to invest more in their companies. Similarly, S B 3 4 2 allows businesses to grow or change their businesses’ structure or organization without having a tax penalty. Lawmakers hope that by removing the step-up tax, they can show prospective businesses that New Hampshire is supportive of innovative companies and understands their need to expand over time. The bills will soon be on their way to Governor Margaret Wood Hassan’s desk where their fate remains uncertain.
U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rubens spoke to veterans at the Concord V F W yesterday to outline his differences with incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte on national security. Rubens criticized Ayotte saying quote “cheerleading for Hillary Clinton’s failed wars, and voting for open borders, crushing national debt and military procurement pork has made America less safe.” Rubens said a better way to show respect for U.S. soldiers and veterans would be by adopting a more prudent and fiscally responsible national security strategy.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanie Forrester has called on rival Chris Sununu to retract his support for a federal minimum wage increase, saying an increase would place an unfair burden on New Hampshire employers, cost jobs and shutter many businesses. In a statement released to the press, Forrester pointed to the current national debate over a fifteen dollar an hour federal minimum wage and that employers large and small are united against this idea. She claimed the city of Seattle, which imposed a fifteen dollar minimum wage last year, has already begun to experience higher unemployment and job loss.
Said Forrester, quote:
“Perhaps Chris is confused. A federal minimum wage hike would be a de facto mandated wage hike for New Hampshire. That would increase labor costs for the New Hampshire ski industry as well as the hospitality industry. Does Chris honestly believe we should increase those labor costs by an act of Congress?”
We’ll have to check our inbox to see if he replied.
Cornerstone Policy Research announced that Rico McCahon, co-founder of Liberty Harbor Academy, is its new executive director. After nearly two years as the leader of Cornerstone, Bryan McCormack is stepping down to pursue opportunities in the private sector. In a statement issued by the conservative, non partisan issues group, Cornerstone said McCahon’s experience as a teacher and administrator has heightened his understanding of the problems in our culture and the need to strengthen families. They said his experience and ability to articulate the solutions to the many ills afflicting our culture make him a perfect leader for Cornerstone.
News from our own backyard continues after this.
The Manchester Police Department announced it will conduct another sobriety checkpoint in the Queen City. The M P D conducted one in April, but they have not yet released the results. When asked by a local journalist for the results of the April checkpoint, department spokesman Lt. Brian O’Keefe said he was welcome to file a Right to Know Request for the information. Seeing that, we filed a request this morning, expressing our disappointment with having to. Anyway, the sobriety checkpoint has been scheduled at an undisclosed location for the weekend of June tenth and June eleventh.
This Memorial Day, a book signing will held at the Barnes and Noble Book Store on South Willow Street, near the Mall of N H. Local author William R. Graser, a retired Army veteran, will be discussing and signing his book Veterans’ Reflections: History Preserved, beginning at one. Graser, who we interviewed on Girard at Large back in March, has taken firsthand accounts and personal stories of sixty local veterans and incorporated them into a cohesive collection of memories set against historical context that covers a half dozen wars and periods of conflict. It’s an engaging book that highlights the quiet heroes right here in our own backyard. We hope you get a chance to pop in.
Also on Monday, Londonderry’s American Legion Post 2 7 will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade will step off at ten from Robert Lincoln Way and proceed to the Glenwood Cemetery where a wreath will be laid at P F C Vern Greeley’s grave. Greeley, a Marine, was killed on July 6, 1 9 6 7 at Quang Tri, Vietnam, is one of the namesakes of the post. After laying a wreath, they will return to the Town Common for additional ceremonies. All veterans are welcome to march in the parade. Muster is at the traffic light on Robert Lincoln Way by 9:45 am. In addition to veterans, the parade will consist of the Londonderry High School Marching Band, the Londonderry Police Department Color Guard, the Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scout Troop 5 2 1, the Sea Cadets and more!
The post will host an open house after the parade. Anyone interested in joining Post 27 can stop by to meet their members and view their facility. Food will also be served throughout the day. Prospective new post members, whether they’re veterans or relatives of veterans, can visit legion dot org for all the eligibility details. Post Commander Bob Stuart encourages all to join in their mission of helping veterans and children and improving our community while having some fun in the process!