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December 2018
In This Issue
Priorities for New Hampshire Families
Senator David Watters
District 4, Strafford County

With the election behind us, legislators are busy in Concord organizing the new Senate and House, setting priorities, filing legislation, and meeting new colleagues. The spirit is very positive with a commitment to bipartisan work to move New Hampshire's economy forward. It is an honor to be entrusted to another term by the voters of District 4, and I thank everyone who has offered congratulations and advice. I will do my best to serve the interests of all of the people of District 4 and citizens statewide.

Taking the majority in the NH Senate brings new responsibilities.  I will continue to serve on Transportation and Capital Budget, as chair of those committees, and serve as a member on Energy and Natural Resources.  The Democratic majority is committed to the priorities outlined in the Granite State Opportunity Plan that we released in October. It provides broad categories that reflect the needs of the people which will guide the budget process and much of our individual legislation. It includes a state budget that works for everyone, job opportunities and education, lowering electric rates and advancing the jobs of tomorrow through energy efficiency and renewable energy, paid family and medical leave insurance, and protecting the health care of Granite Staters, including state level protections on preexisting conditions.  Read More...
What Does the Power Shift in the NH Legislature Mean for You?

New Hampshire will see a power divide for the next two years. What does that mean for key policy areas? Our analysts have made some informed predictions:
  • The future of New Hampshire's planned business tax cuts could look dicey, with many Democrats opposed. However, with Sununu in favor, the Democrats would have to get some Republicans on board to override a veto.
  • Both Democrats and Sununu support a family and medical leave plan, but differ significantly on the details, with Sununu wanting an opt-in private solution while Dems support a state-run, opt-out plan. That could mean either compromise or stalemate.
For the full list of our forecasts on issues from gun control and marijuana to school funding, read our full report.

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What the New Tax Law Means for Charitable Giving
By: Richard Peck
NH Business Review
Originally Published: Oct. 26, 2018

Changes to the tax code were big news, and predictions vary about the effect those changes will have on charitable giving.
Americans are a generous bunch - giving $410 billion to charity in 2017. There is valid concern that level of giving may decrease under the new law. We will know more after this year. As the year-end giving season approaches, here are a few things to consider, and some things to keep in mind about the new tax code as it relates to philanthropy:

* Tax benefits are not the primary reason that most people give.
People give because they care. Both local and national studies have shown that people give not primarily for the tax benefits, but because they want to make a difference, create charitable legacies and carry on family traditions of giving. 
Capital Improvements Program a Key Step in Building a Budget
City Manager, Michael Joyal

In October, I presented the city's annual Capital Improvements Program (CIP) during a joint workshop session of the Planning Board and City Council. That presentation kicked of a series of additional meetings and public hearings on the 2020-25 CIP, a key tool of our budget process.
We assemble and present the CIP each fall. The CIP 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. This six-year program links infrastructure spending to the goals and values outlined in the City's Master Plan. Through this process, we identify projects within the six-year timeline, based on the priorities established in our Master Plan.  Read More...
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