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State Budget Should Have No Room for Abortion

Whenever the New Hampshire Executive Council awards a contract to an abortion provider, someone in the room is bound to remark that the funds are for non-abortion work or that taxpayers aren’t funding abortions. That doesn’t tell the whole story. New Hampshire state funds might not go directly for abortion, but they go to abortion providers. That’s a distinction without a difference. When voting …

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Lead Remediation Bill Misses the Mark (SB 247, 2017)

Addressed to House Finance Committee by Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone Executive Director: On behalf of Cornerstone’s supporters, we urge you to reject SB 247. The scourge of lead poisoning is not addressed properly in this bill, which interferes with parental rights and subjects children to unnecessary and physically invasive testing. Since the fiscal impact is the primary focus of this committee, how can the state …

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Another Casino Bill: Still a Bad Idea (SB 242, 2017)

For years, Cornerstone has consistently opposed the expansion of legalized gambling in New Hampshire for both moral and pragmatic reasons. We believe the net societal effect of government’s embrace of gambling has been disastrous. We have expressed these concerns to this committee in past legislative sessions, but they bear repeating. Legalized gambling is driven by and subsists on greed: For this reason, the activity …

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Legislators, Say No to Doubling the Family Planning Budget

A state budget increase that seems designed to divert taxpayer money to the region’s abortion providers is a bad idea, particularly in view of critical public health issues in New Hampshire. A significant amount of family planning money comes to New Hampshire from the federal government via the Title X program. Family planning contracts in New Hampshire are then customarily granted to multiple vendors, …

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Fiscal Irresponsibility Returns to Concord

Statement from Ashley Pratte, Executive Director of Cornerstone Policy Research: When our legislators in Concord act irresponsibly, you and I pay for it.  And soon we’ll be paying more in taxes and fees while exposing the State to extraordinarily risky financial situations over the next decade. The budget proposed by House Democrats and Governor Maggie Hassan increases spending by a whopping 16% all while raiding …

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Statement on Gov. Hassan’s 2013 budget proposal

Cornerstone calls on Governor Hassan to preserve rights of low-income families CONCORD- Cornerstone Policy Research today responded to Governor Maggie Hassan’s proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, claiming that it places priorities in the wrong place. “I agree with Governor Hassan that education should be a priority in next year’s budget,” said Cornerstone Executive Director Ashley Pratte, “but I believe it should be …

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Casinos: Wrong for New Hampshire

Testimony provided to House Ways and Means by J. Scott Moody, Vice President of Policy for Cornerstone Policy Research. Cornerstone opposes the expansion of legalized gambling in New Hampshire for both moral and pragmatic reasons. We believe the net societal effect of government’s embrace of gambling has been disastrous. Legalized gambling is driven by and subsists on greed: For this reason, the activity is …

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