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December 2016
In This Issue
Education is the Core of New Hampshire
Senator David Watters

New Hampshire's founders knew democracy could not thrive without free-thinking people with the skills to achieve economic independence. Our Constitution calls upon citizens to cherish education, literature, the arts, and technical and practical skills through public education liberated from church doctrine.

With immigration and industrialization in the 1800s, New Hampshire responded with common schools in every community to shape citizens and workers. Public higher education became the gem of the state with the establishment of UNH 150 years ago. In the Twentieth Century, through the Great Depression and World Wars, USNH and the CCSNH stepped up to educate GIs, a booming population, and migrants from other states and around the world to make New Hampshire the envy of the nation for its innovative economy and its robust democracy.
2016 New Hampshire Election Results
Here are the results of the 2016 General 
Election.  For more information or for the results of a specific town, please visit  www.wmur.com.

Governor: (R) Chris Sununu
U.S. Senate: (D) Maggie Hassan
U.S. House (District 1): (D) Carol Shea-Porter
State Senate (District 4): (D) David Watters
State House
District 13: (D) Isaac Epstein
District 14: (D) Hamilton Krans
District 15: (D) Linn Opderbecke
District 17: (D) Kenneth Vincent, (D) Peter Bixby, 
(D) Susan Treleaven
District 19: (D) Peter Schmidt
District 20: (D) Thomas Southworth
District 21: (D) Catt Sandler
Business & Industry Association Legislative News
David Juvet
Senior Vice President
Public Policy

The Business and Industry Association is New Hampshire's statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate. Our mission is to promote a healthy business climate and robust economic future for New Hampshire. Use this link to follow the status of the latest legislative proposals that affect the state's business community.       Read More...
Addressing the Fair Labor Standards Act
Sean O'Connell, Esquire
Past Chair, GDCC Board of Directors
Chair, GDCC Government Affairs Committee

Shaheen & Gordon is happy to bring you the fourth edition of this new quarterly newsletter focused on legislative matters important to the Greater Dover Community. 

Throughout the summer and fall of 2016, businesses and nonprofits across America scrambled to determine how to address changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA".)
Many Greater Dover Chamber members, including the Chamber itself, struggled with reviewing the categorization of employees and worked with budgets to accommodate the change which was scheduled to go into effect on December 1. On September 14, Attorneys Sean O'Connell and Karyn Forbes of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. presented a seminar on this issue at the Chamber. Read More...

Access the Chamber presentation here.

The Shaheen & Gordon Group LLC has been creating legislative strategies for our clients for more than a decade.  Located within walking distance of the State House, we are available to interact with New Hampshire decision makers on a daily basis.  Our clients have included national as well as local businesses looking to introduce new legislation or make changes to existing laws.  If there is a particular statute or administrative rule that is causing concern, let us know and we may be able to help.  Please contact Mike McLaughlin at our legislative group, The Shaheen & Gordon Group, at 603-225-7262 or at mmclaughlin@shaheengordon.com.
Budget is Always in Season
City Manager, Michael Joyal

A proposed fiscal year budget for the City will be presented to the City Council in March 2017. Why mention it now? Many factors contribute to how the budget is developed over the course of the fiscal year, including the Capital Improvements Plan, which was presented to the Planning Board and City Council in October, and adopted in November.   For a more detailed look at how the process works,  click here .

What is the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP)? It's a key component of the budget process each fall and prioritizes all capital spending of $25,000 or more for items with a useful life of three years or longer. Based on City Council financing policy, funding for these items includes bonding, the annual operating budget or other types of financing. Want to learn more about the CIP? Visit our CIP online resource here.

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