The Week in Review carefully examines the past week and what it means to the citizens of New Hampshire.

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The Week in Review - March 21, 2015:

Republican budget writers in the New Hampshire House are prepared to remove $88 million from the proposed budget of the N.H. Department of Transportation, cuts Gov. Maggie Hassan described as “draconian.”

The House Finance Committee proposed the reduction in NH DOT’s spending as part of its consideration of the governor’s proposed two-year budget of about $11.6 billion.

Highway officials warned that such a cutback would mean massive layoffs of nearly 700 employees and the gutting of highway and bridge repair and maintenance projects throughout the state.

“These draconian cuts to the Department of Transportation would abdicate the state’s responsibility for maintaining safe roads and bridges and downshift costs onto local communities, inevitably leading to higher property taxes,” Hassan said in a statement.

“This fiscally irresponsible bill would have an enormous cost for our state, undermining our efforts to keep our highways and bridges open and safe for the families, commuters, visitors and businesses that drive our economic growth.”

The committee was prepared to vote on the cuts late last week, but backed off as Republican members gauged whether to increase the gasoline tax again as a way to offset some of the budget cuts. The committee has already rejected the governor’s proposal to increase the motor vehicle registration fee.

“We have to come up with a fix. We can’t keep kicking this stuff down the road,” said Rep.  Joseph Pitre, R-Farmington, one of the committee members who support the cuts to the DOT. See a Concord Monitor story here.

In a letter to the committee, Deputy Highway Commissioner Patrick McKenna said if they make the cut, they might as well "change the name of the department because it will no longer be a Department of Transportation." See a WMUR report here.

The push and pull over the two-year budget between Hassan and Republicans who control both the House and the Senate was evident again this week in more than just the DOT cuts.

The Senate showed its support for reducing the business profits tax (SB 1) and the business enterprise tax (SB 2).

“To ignore the fact that we have an uncompetitive corporate tax rate is nothing worse than the most myopic short sightedness that we could have,” said Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley. See an NHPR story here.

The Department of Revenue estimates these reductions would create a $130 million shortfall in the budget.

“These two bills would create even deeper holes in this and future budgets, negatively impacting our ability to invest in the shared priorities that are critical to the success of our people, businesses and economy. Further eroding the revenue sources that do exist is irresponsible and will lead to further reductions,” said Hassan.

A bizarre story out of Concord involved the efforts of a group of fourth graders from Hampton Falls to get the Legislature to designate the Red-Tailed Hawk as the official raptor of New Hampshire.

That effort failed, and it was greeted with some harsh language from some legislators. For example, there’s this from Rep. Warren Groen, R-Rochester: "It grasps them with its talons then uses its razor sharp beak to basically tear it apart limb by limb, and I guess the shame about making this a state bird is it would serve as a much better mascot for Planned Parenthood."

Offending lawmakers drew the criticism of Gov. Hassan and House Speaker Shawn Jasper, who is demanding an apology from Groen. See a WMUR story here.

The Donald in New Hampshire

Real estate mogul Donald Trump was in New Hampshire and this time he’s not kidding about taking a serious run at the Republican nomination for president in 2016.

He’s delayed production of his reality series “Celebrity Apprentice” and he’s formed an exploratory committee. At a house party in Amherst Thursday he said: “People are always saying, is he going to run? Is he going to run? You know I have a great television show, I do have a great life, I have a business that I love, but the country is going to hell. We have people who don’t know what they are doing in Washington. Honestly we are lead by a bunch of fools and that needs to stop."  See an NHPR story here.

As always, we’ve got some good discussion over on Facebook. Check it out, and we’ll see you next week.

Past Editions - Week in Review

March 2015
- March 14: House gives schools Common Core out
- March 7: Hassan and lawmakers tussle over budget
February 2015
- Feb. 28: Election 2016 activity warms up
- Feb. 21: No casino from Hassan, but she still supports one
- Feb. 14: Governor delivers budget to Legislature
- Feb. 7: Commuter rail promoted for NH
January 2015
- Jan. 31: State digs out while Bradley digs in on guns
- Jan. 24: State Legislature gets to work on 2015 session
- Jan. 17: Report puts spotlight on STEM needs in NH
- Jan. 10: Gov. Hassan takes oath for second term
- Jan. 3: Start of new year means start of new laws
December 2014
- Dec. 27: NH readies for 2015
- Dec. 20: GOP infighting continues in NH House
- Dec. 13: Jasper builds NH House leadership team
- Dec. 6: House rejects O'Brien in favor of Jasper
November 2014
- Nov. 29: Budget cuts precede new budget
- Nov. 22: O'Brien back as NH House speaker
- Nov. 15: NH budget process begins
- Nov. 8: Voters finally have their say
- Nov. 1: Final polls and forums held before election
October 2014
- Oct. 25: Televised forums put candidates in spotlights
- Oct. 18: Heavy hitters step up in NH
- Oct. 11: Polls show races tightening
- Oct. 4: Budget projections fall short
September 2014
- Sept. 27: Candidates jostle as campaigns seek momentum
- Sept. 20: Hassan's vetoes sustained
- Sept. 13: Tuesday's primary sets stage for November final
- Sept. 6: Debates lead into Tuesday primary
August 2014
- Aug. 30: Arthur T. large and in charge at Market Basket
- Aug. 23: Terror touches New Hampshire
- Aug. 16: Governor declares 'spice' emergency
- Aug. 9: Governor decides on last of 2014 bills
- Aug. 2: Governor vetoes three bills
July 2014
- July 26: Hassan signs more bills into law; a few still await action
- July 19: 2014 election issues dominate
- July 12: NH backs away from buffer zone enforcement
- July 5: Havenstein OK to run for governor
June 2014
- June 28: NH weighs Supreme Court ruling on new abortion buffer zone
- June 21: From the governor's desk
- June 14: Filing period ends, political races set
- June 7: NH Legislature wraps up business for 2014
May 2014
- May 31: State close to solution on hospital tax
- May 24: Gas tax hike is law, starts July 1
- May 17: Death penalty repeal resurrected
- May 10: Senate's GOP majority kills minimum wage bill
- May 3: House deals another blow to casino gambling
April 2014
- April 26: Gas tax hike approved
- April 19: Death penalty remains
- April 12: Brown makes it official; casino bill sweetened
- April 5: Death penalty debated
March 2014
- March 29: Medicaid expansion signed into law
- March 22: PAC money questioned in Senate race, firearms study tabled in House
- March 15: House says no to casino, Senate says yes to gas tax
- March 8: GOP Senate passes Medicaid expansion
- March 1: NH heroin use an 'epidemic'
February 2014
- Feb. 22: Medicaid expansion passes Senate hurdle
- Feb. 15: Senate: Yes to domestic violence bill, House: No to gun background checks
- Feb. 8: Hassan discusses state of the state
- Feb. 1: Senate panel ups the ante with two casinos
January 2014
- Jan. 25: House wants buried transmission lines
- Jan. 18: Against long odds, House backs pot use
- Jan. 11: Legislature gets down to business
- Jan. 4: Snowy start to 2014
December 2013
- Dec. 28: Closing out 2013, looking ahead to 2014
- Dec. 21: Much ado about Senate race in NH
- Dec. 14: Compromise budget gets reps' support
- Dec. 7: Legislature jump starts gas tax
November 2013
- Nov. 30: GOP primary on tap for Executive Council
- Nov. 23: Medicaid expansion for NH fails
- Nov. 16: NH loses a North Country icon
- Nov. 9: Legislature must resolve competing Medicaid expansion bills
- Nov. 2: Health care issues dominate week of headlines
October 2013
- Oct. 26: Death penalty repeal effort renewed
- Oct. 19: NH delegation unanimous in vote to end shutdown, raise debt ceiling
- Oct. 12: Medicaid panel recommends expansion
- Oct. 5: Government shutdown takes hold
September 2013
- Sept. 28: Obamacare and government shutdown loom
- Sept. 21: Another shooting, answers sought again
- Sept. 14: Healthcare takes center stage
- Sept. 7: Syria decision weighs on NH congressional delegation
August 2013
- Aug. 31: NH weighs Vermont Yankee shutdown
- Aug. 24: Northern Pass goes on charm offensive
- Aug. 17: Bragdon out as Senate president
- Aug. 10: 2016 creeping into NH
- Aug. 3: Gambling commission revived
July 2013
- July 27: Governor dispatches last of 2013 bills
- July 20: National issues bear down on NH
- July 13: Capital budget, later last call, 'Pathway to Work' bills signed
- July 6: 70 on I-93 and other bills into law
June 2013
- June 29: Hassan signs budget bills, tuitions freeze
- June 22: Conferees agree on budget; vote next week
- June 15: State budget negotiators narrow differences
- June 8: Senate passes budget, on to conference
- June 1: Senate panel budget in at $10.7b
May 2013
- May 25: House kills casino, Senate kills tax hikes
- May 18: House panel says no to casino
- May 11: Casino panel set for vote
- May 4: Marijuana bill goes up in smoke
April 2013
- April 27: Senate takes up 'stand your ground'
- April 20: Senate has busy week, region shaken by Boston bombings
- April 13: House takes up casino, Senate takes up budget
- April 6: House passes budget, new AG named
March 2013
- April 30: Gas tax bumped, 'stand your ground' dumped by House
- March 23: Casino issue narrows, marijuana gets backing, AG won't re-up
- March 16: Senate approves casino gambling; House nixes legal pot, abortion pause
- March 9: Out of committee
- March 2: Casino questioned
February 2013
- Feb. 23: Casino bills, highways and state vegetable
- Feb. 16: 2014-2015 budget
- Feb. 9: Blizzard of activity
- Feb. 2: Tax credit OK
January 2013
- Jan. 26: Cold outside, hot inside State House
- Jan. 19: Budget revenue
- Jan. 12: On hold
- Jan. 5: The 81st governor
December 2012
- Dec. 29: Hassan inauguration
- Dec. 22: Shootings recoil
- Dec. 15: Hunkering down
- Dec. 8: Less is more
- Dec. 1: Budget prep

November 2012
- Nov. 24: Rudman's passing
- Nov. 17: Post-election cleanup
- Nov. 10: The Democratic surge
- Nov. 3: Sandy-fueled urgency
October 2012
- Oct. 27: Last lap in face of storm
- Oct. 20: On the attack
- Oct. 13: Attitude shift
- Oct. 6: Gubernatorial debates
September 2012
- Sept. 29: Hide and seek
- Sept. 22: It's debatable
- Sept. 15: It's on for November
- Sept. 8: Swing state tango
- Sept. 1: Ayotte in RNC spotlight, lost jobs and bulging classrooms
August 2012
- Aug. 25: Money race
- Aug. 18: Presidential campaigns return
- Aug. 11: Eye on student-athletes
- Aug. 4: Battle for battleground
July 2012
- July 28: Clinton for Hassan
- July 21: Campaign rhythms
- July 14: Race for governor reigns
- July 7: Romney's working vacation
June 2012
- June 30: Legislature's last word
- June 23: Lynch on veto tear
- June 16: The governor's turn
- June 9: Ed funding crashes and burns
- June 2: Ed funding agreement
May 2012
- May 26: On to the governor
- May 19: State House abuzz
- May 12: Senate vs. House
- May 5: And then there were seven
April 2012
- April 28: Polls take pulse
- April 21: Shared stage
- April 14: Town's police chief killed
- April 7: Senate takes up bills
March 2012
- March 31: House wins redistricting fight
- March 24: Gay marriage stands
- March 17: Right to work, the sequel
- March 10: Politics of contraception
- March 3: Hail to the chief
February 2012
- Feb. 25: Man with a gun
- Feb. 18: This one or that?
- Feb. 11: Race for governor
- Feb. 4: GOP legislative to-do list
January 2012
- Jan. 28: More babies, less welfare
- Jan. 21: Redistricting the state
- Jan. 14: Circus leaves town
- Jan. 7: Game on
December 2011
- Dec. 31: Showdown on gun bills
- Dec. 24: Ovide won't endorse
- Dec. 17: Untangling redistricting
- Dec. 10: This land is whose land?
- Dec. 3: Right-to-work fails
November 2011
- Nov. 26: Obama comes calling
- Nov. 19: And Smith makes three
- Nov. 12: Retirement records are public
- Nov. 5: Primary is Jan. 10
October 2011

- Oct. 29: Hassan in for governor
- Oct. 22: Nevada bows to GOP pressure
- Oct. 15: Raising Cain
- Oct. 8: High court vacancy
- Oct. 1: 'Whatever it takes'

September 2011
- Sept. 24: Lamontagne is first in
- Sept. 17: Lynch will move on
- Sept. 10: Veto votes
- Sept. 3: The post storm(s) clean-up

August 2011
- Aug. 27: NH GOP in stormy drama
- Aug. 20: NH GOP imploding?
- Aug. 13: Democrats gain a seat
- Aug. 6: Debt deal, debt deja vu


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