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New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus Announces Committed Speaker Candidates, Panelists for November 2nd Forum

NH House Freedom Caucus
Contact: info@nhhfc.org
For Immediate Release
October 26, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus Announces Committed Speaker Candidates, Panelists for November 2nd Forum

Concord – The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus (NHHFC) will host a forum for candidates for Speaker of the House on next Thursday, November 2nd, after the House veto session. Currently, seven candidates for Speaker have confirmed for the event, which will be moderated by Rep. Len Turcotte (R-Barrington), with a panel of policy experts.

The confirmed speaker candidates are (in alphabetical order):

Rep. Al Baldasaro (R-Londonderry)

Rep. John Burt (R-Goffstown)

Deputy Speaker Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

Rep. Jim McConnell (R-Swanzey)

Rep. Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford)

Rep. Steve Shurtleff (D-Concord)

Rep. Steven Smith (R-Charlestown)

The confirmed panelists for the event will be:

Andrew Cline, Interim President, Josiah Barlett Center

Andy Crews, President, AutoFair

Michelle Levell, Director, School Choice for New Hampshire

Ed Naile, Chairman, Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers

“The coming election for Speaker will have a significant impact on the state’s future, so it is critical to hear where the candidates stand on important issues facing the state. We’re thrilled to have such great participation and such a distinguished panel to help both House members and the public understand the vision of each candidate. Every candidate will get their chance to convince their colleagues to support them and the opportunity to earn their vote. This should be a very exciting forum,” added Rep. Turcotte.

The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus is a grassroots organization consisting of legislators and private citizens, who believe in personal liberty and the traditional conservative “Yankee” values that made New Hampshire a great place to live.

NH House Freedom Caucus to Host Forum for Speaker Candidates November 2nd

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NH House Freedom Caucus to Host Forum for Speaker Candidates November 2nd

Concord — The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus (NHHFC) will host a forum for candidates for Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Thursday, November 2nd. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn in Concord after the conclusion of House veto session which is scheduled for 1:00 PM that day. Almost all of the publicly declared candidates for House Speaker have already committed to attending the event, which will include a panel of state experts on issues facing the legislature in 2018. Next week, NHHFC will announce a full list of Speaker candidates attending and the list of panelists.

The event will be open to credentialed media and House members of all parties. The public will be allowed to attend, depending on space available.

“The House Freedom Caucus knows that it is critical for members to hear from those who wish to serve as Speaker about where they stand on key issues that might come forward in 2018. Giving these candidates a forum with a panel of distinguished experts allows each of them to get their message out to those who will be voting later in November. While we don’t anticipate that the Freedom Caucus will endorse any candidate, we want all members to go into this vote with a clear sense of what 2018 might bring. We look forward to providing this opportunity to all the candidates,” said Rep. JR Hoell (R-Dunbarton).

What: NHHFC Hosts House Speaker Candidate Forum

Where: Holiday Inn Concord, 172 N Main St

When: 2:00 PM (or 15 minutes after House session, whichever is later), Thursday, November 2nd

The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus is a grassroots organization consisting of legislators and private citizens, who believe in personal liberty and the traditional conservative “Yankee” values that made New Hampshire a great place to live.

NHHFC Reacts to Actuarial Report Showing Medicaid Expansion is Destroying Individual Marketplace

NH House Freedom Caucus
Contact: info@nhhfc.org
For Immediate Release
September 27, 2017

New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus Reacts to Actuarial Report Showing Medicaid Expansion is Destroying Individual Marketplace

Concord – The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus (NHHFC) today responded to the release of an actuarial report showing that Medicaid expansion is massively driving up the costs of premiums in the individual marketplace. The report, prepared by Gorman Actuarial, showed that individuals buying policies in the exchange should expect 52% premium increases in 2018. As a result of these increases, the report suggests that between 5,300 and 13,200 individuals purchasing coverage will drop health coverage.

“President Obama told us that, under Obamacare, ‘if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan.’ He did not say that you’d be able to AFFORD your health plan, and thousands of Granite Staters are going to get kicked off their health plans because of Obamacare Medicaid expansion. This is one more tragic example of the failures of Obamacare and the colossal mistake of expanding Medicaid under this disastrous law. Average citizens who are forced to buy health insurance under Obamacare now have the choice of paying hugely inflated premiums to subsidize Medicaid expansion or being forced to go uninsured because they can’t afford these absurdly high costs,” said Rep. JR Hoell (R-Dunbarton).

“Medicaid expansion has turned the American Dream on its head. As a result, hard-working American citizens are losing their coverage so that other people, many of whom don’t work, get taxpayer-funded health insurance. This is literally the worst possible message we can send to our citizens. It’s time to end this ridiculous scheme and restore the notion that the best way to move ahead is through hard work,” added Rep. Greg Hill (R-Northfield).


The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus is a grassroots organization consisting of legislators and private citizens, who believe in personal liberty and the traditional conservative “Yankee” values that made New Hampshire a great place to live.

New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus Comments on Speaker Jasper’s Effort to Tear Apart Republican Party

NH House Freedom Caucus
Contact: info@nhhfc.org
For Immediate Release
September 21, 2017

New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus Comments on Speaker Jasper’s Effort to Tear Apart Republican Party

Concord — The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus (NHHFC) today offered the following comments in response to House Speaker Shawn Jasper’s efforts to split the Republican Party through division. WMUR reported that Jasper told NHGOP Chair Jeanne Forrester that “no person who ascribes to the principles of the Free State Project can also be considered to be a Republican.”

“It is sad, that House leadership has now made explicitly clear that they oppose working with citizens who ascribe to the values of limited government, lower taxation and personal freedom. Thankfully, liberty-minded Granite Staters, both Republicans and Independents, have a place where they can work to build the ‘Live Free or Die’ values into effective policy – the House Freedom Caucus. We work with members of all parties to promote the notion that government should stay out of your life and your pocketbook. Moreover, we don’t put a litmus test on whether or not individuals moved here from out of state or were born and raised here with these values,”
said Rep. JR Hoell (R-Dunbarton).

“I’m shocked that instead of supporting conservatives who believe in limited government, the House leadership chose to align themselves with the radical tax and spend group called Granite State Progress and to champion their talking points when attacking other Republicans.” added Rep. Christie (R-Goffstown).

“When I moved to New Hampshire as a Free State Project participant I hadn’t planned on seeking office. In 2012 the Republican party recruited me to run for office. I’ve found the Republican party to be a good fit and largely welcoming. I was a bit surprised, yet pleased, to hear that Jeannie Forrester had visited the Porcupine Freedom Festival. Clearly she sees the value that the FSP brings to the Republican party and to advancing the cause of limited government.” Rep. Michael Sylvia (R-Belmont)
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The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus is a grassroots organization consisting of legislators and private citizens, who believe in personal liberty and the traditional conservative “Yankee” values that made New Hampshire a great place to live.

New Hampshire Legislator Uses GLA Training to Fight for Taxpayers

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NH House Freedom Caucus Calls Out $93 Million in Off Budget Spending Added by Fiscal Committee

NH House Freedom Caucus
Contact: info@nhhfc.org
For Immediate Release
August 29, 2017

NH House Freedom Caucus Calls Out $93 Million
in Off Budget Spending Added by Fiscal Committee

Concord – The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus (NHHFC) today criticized the Legislative Fiscal Committee for adding $93 million in off-budget spending at the first meeting during the new budget cycle this past Friday.

“Taxpayers deserve the right to know how the state is spending our money. However, the Fiscal Committee bypassed the budget process to spend $93 million without a single word of public input. This shows a disturbing lack of transparency that undermines the credibility of government. The Freedom Caucus fought the House budget in part because it included roughly $220 million in phony ‘cuts’ that were simply a way of bringing money in through the back door. New Hampshire is entitled to integrity in budgeting taxpayer money, but we’re witnessing just the opposite here,” stated Rep. Josh Moore (R-Merrimack)

DHHS Commissioner, Jeffery Meyers approved the following statement in a letter to the Fiscal committee, dated July 25th asking for the $70 million that the House Finance Committee removed: ” This accounting unit has traditionally been budgeted and was included in the Agency Efficiency budget and the Governor’s budget. The funding was taken out in both the House and Senate phases with the expectation that the Department would request the reinstatement of funding from the Fiscal Committee.”

“Without any discussion with the other 395 members, just five House members on the Fiscal Committee voted to add nearly $100 million in new spending to the state budget. That is an outrageous abuse of the legislative process that thumbs its nose at the vast majority of Representatives and our constituents. The merits of all major spending should be debated by the whole House, so that we all can determine if the taxpayers are getting good value for the money that government is taking from us,” added Rep. Len Turcotte (R- Barrington).

This “off budget” spending is precisely why I couldn’t give my endorsement of the budget. The pretense of removing this money from the budget with every anticipation to return it via the Fiscal Committee was intentionally misleading, as this money has already been spent or budgeted by the local School Districts. Furthermore, it causes the real increase in State spending for the budget to rise faster than the rate of inflation as we all anticipated it would with off budget spending. Rep. Dan Itse (R-Fremont)

The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus is a grassroots organization consisting of legislators and private citizens, who believe in personal liberty and the traditional conservative “Yankee” values that made New Hampshire a great place to live.

NH House Freedom Caucus Comments Regarding Bombshell Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Report

For Immediate Release- August 17, 2017
Contact: Representative JR Hoell (603) 315-9002

NH House Freedom Caucus Comments Regarding
Bombshell Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Report

Concord – The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus (NHHFC) offered the following comments in response to the bombshell revelation in today New Hampshire Union Leader that former Governor Maggie Hassan knew about the dubious Obamacare Medicaid expansion scheme, but said nothing about the threat to state taxpayers during her 2016 U.S. Senate campaign.

“It appears, that as Governor, Maggie Hassan put her personal aspirations ahead of the state when she chose to hide her scheme to pass off an illegal Medicaid expansion setup just long enough to get her through the election last year. Now, we’re learning that she has put the taxpayers of the state in substantial jeopardy in order to advance Obamacare and her career, in addition to asking the taxpayers to foot the bill for lobbying efforts for this illegal scheme” stated Rep. Hoell. (R-Dunbarton)

“Obamacare Medicaid expansion just keeps getting worse and worse for New Hampshire. Last month we learned that it is ruining the state’s individual market, making it unaffordable for people to buy health insurance. Today we are learning that New Hampshire taxpayer have always been at risk by the fishy plan to have hospitals pay the state share of expansion. It’s time for this failing experiment to end,” added Rep. Osborne(R-Aubrun).

“The Freedom Caucus has consistently opposed expanding Obamacare in New Hampshire, largely because we knew that problems would mount and there was never going to be a free lunch. Today’s revelation of just how much danger the last version of Medicaid expansion has put the taxpayers makes the decision to oppose continuing this program even easier. Like all of Obamacare, this program needs to quickly move into the ashbin of history as one more failed attempt at socialized medicine,” concluded Rep. Hill(Northfield).

The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus is a grassroots organization consisting of legislators and private citizens, who believe in personal liberty and the traditional conservative “Yankee” values that made New Hampshire a great place to live.


The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus is a grassroots organization
consisting of legislators and private citizens, who believe in personal
liberty and the traditional conservative “Yankee” values that made New
Hampshire a great place to live.

NH House Freedom Caucus Comments Regarding Passage of State Budget

NH House Freedom Caucus Comments Regarding Passage of State Budget
For Immediate Release – June 23, 2017
Contact: Representative JR Hoell (603) 315-9002

Concord, 6/23/2017 – The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus (NHHFC) declared that, despite the substantial concerns about the growth in state spending in HB144, a majority of NHHFC members voted to support the state budget and an even larger majority voted to help authorize the “trailer bill” HB517 enacting the necessary tax cuts to continue to accelerate our economy.

The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus would like to thank the Senate and the Governor’s office for their efforts to work with the Freedom Caucus to address the concerns of the NH taxpayers.

“Although the caucus as a whole finds the level of spending in this budget objectionable, there are definite benefits for the New Hampshire taxpayers. The work requirement added into the expanded Medicaid program, the Hyde amendment for preventing taxpayer funded abortions, additional money for charters schools, and business tax cuts are all items that make New Hampshire a better state. The majority of our caucus members were able to support the budget in order to bring these benefits to our constituents.”
~ Rep. Victoria Sullivan (Manchester)

“The House Freedom Caucus has just begun its work. We vow to continue to work toward a fiscally responsible state government for the people of New Hampshire. It is clear that there was much broader support from our caucus for the policy changes portion of the budget and we will continue to make sure that the taxpayer have an ally in Concord while we look to address some of the concerns about the spending portions of the budget.”
~ Rep. Mike Sylvia (Belmont)

The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus is a grassroots organization consisting of legislators and private citizens, who believe in personal liberty and the traditional conservative “Yankee” values that made New Hampshire a great place to live.

New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus Comments on State Budget Vote Thursday

New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus Comments on State Budget Vote Thursday

For Immediate Release – June 21, 2017
Contact: Representative JR Hoell (603) 315-9002

Concord, 6/21/2017 – The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus (NHHFC) announced that, despite substantial concerns about the growth in state spending, a majority of NHHFC members voted to support the state budget committee of conference report this Thursday. The caucus held a vote at a meeting Monday night that included a presentation on the budget by Senate President Chuck Morse.

The members of the Freedom Caucus had this to say about the ’18-’19 Budget:

“While the caucus as a whole, finds the level of spending objectionable, we were able, with the cooperation of the Senate, to craft a bill that will have some positive outcomes for New Hampshire tax payers, and businesses. Many of these points were clear objectives for the NHHFC when we went to House leadership in the early stages of the budget process. It is unfortunate that some of House leadership chose to exclude us from the process.” Rep. Anne Copp (Danbury, Merrimack 1)

“While we believe the proposal still spends too many taxpayer dollars, the Committee of Conference budget is moderately better than the reckless spending included in the House Finance budget, which failed spectacularly due to a lack of leadership and communication. Moreover, unlike the House proposed budget, this budget actually puts more money back in the pockets of taxpayers by cutting taxes, an prospect that was robbed from the House when tax relief was ruled non-germane. Accordingly, this new budget actually works to grow our economy and provide better opportunities and quality of life for New Hampshire residents,” stated Rep. Lino Avellani. (Wakefield, Carroll 5)

“The Freedom Caucus cannot thank the Governor and Senate Leadership enough for the work they have done to deliver a budget that is more fiscally responsible, often having to fight House leadership to lower spending and reduce taxes. There can be no doubt that it is a bizarre situation when the Senate President and Senate Finance Chair have to work to bring the House Republican caucus together, but that is precisely what happened, and this budget undoubtedly would have collapsed without their efforts,” added Rep. John Burt (Goffstown, Hillsborough 6).

“While a majority of the Freedom Caucus voted to support this budget, there are many things the Legislature must continue to do to make New Hampshire more fiscally responsible. One example would be the 1156 unfilled, but funded, positions across state government. This budget should have eliminated many of these, especially those that have been vacant for more than three months. Our work to continue to limit the size of government and improve the value that the state offers taxpayers will not end with this budget. In fact, the formation of the Freedom Caucus was just the beginning of our efforts to reduce the impact of state government on the hard-working taxpayers of New Hampshire,” concluded Rep. Dan Hynes (Merrimack, Hillsborough 21).

The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus is a grassroots organization consisting of legislators and private citizens, who believe in personal liberty and the traditional conservative “Yankee” values that made New Hampshire a great place to live.