Has the NH Legislature Gone Crazy?
The Highway Fund was created by a Constitutional amendment to our state Constitution (Part II 6 a.). The gas tax is the source of money for the Highway Fund and was originally intended for the Dept. of Transportation to use for highways and bridges. Then the Legislature passed a law dividing the revenue the gas tax provided. Since that law passed, 73% has gone to the Dept. of Transportation for roads and bridges, 23% has gone to the Dept. of Safety because they patrol the highways and 1% has gone to the courts. So, only 73 cents of every dollar we pay in gas tax goes for its intended purpose – maintaining and repairing roads and bridges.
Gov. Hassan’s proposed budget only designates 67% to the Dept. of Transportation. That is 6% less going to highways at the same time she is saying we need to have more money and plans on almost doubling our gas tax. Leaked emails show that, already, the Democrats in the Legislature are planning on other ways they can use the increased gas tax revenue.
This bad bill, HB135, re-imposes the "duty to retreat" if threatened. In other words, if someone attacks you or threatens you, you should not defend yourself. You should run away. I don’t know about you, but I was never a fast runner and since an injury last year, sometimes I am not even a fast walker! A great many people who are old or disabled cannot possibly run away fast enough to avoid the average assailant. "Duty to retreat" is an anti-victim, pro-criminal "duty". As such it is wrong for our legislature to impose this on us.
HB135 declares that even displaying a weapon may be considered deadly force! What??? Is the criminal attacking you going to die of fright because he sees a weapon? I doubt it! But I do think he might just re-think attacking you if he sees a weapon. Crime statistics from all over the country have shown for decades that crime is reduced in areas where people can carry weapons. According to FBI statistics, hundreds of thousands of crimes are prevented every year by would-be victims merely displaying the fact that they are armed. Remember what happened to Ward Bird? He did time in jail simply because he had a gun. The abuse of justice in his case is what inspired the Legislature to pass Stand Your Ground the other year!
If you should make the mistake of not properly running away and actually try to defend yourself, you can be sued. That’s right. According to HB135, if you hurt your attacker, he or his family, can sue you! THIS IS ABSURD! I lack the words to describe how insane this idea is!
We need to tell out Representatives to vote NO on this bill!
There are about 40 million immigrants in America; about 28% have crossed the border illegally. Our country has a liberal immigration policy but there are rules and standards (immigration laws) that need to be met. Illegal immigrants ignore and disobey those laws – that is why they are known as ILLEGAL immigrants.
Illegal immigrants cost taxpayers money every day. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, illegal aliens drain the welfare and public education systems. CIS reported, "We estimate the combined total income of illegal immigrant households at about $162 billion. If these estimates are correct, it would mean that just to cover the costs of education (referring to public education K-12th grade) they would have to pay 24 percent of their income. Even if illegal immigrants paid all the income and payroll taxes that they should, given their lower income and large household size it seems doubtful that they would pay enough in taxes to cover the education of their children, let alone all the other costs they create." "Other costs" such as healthcare, welfare and law enforcement costs.
The people of New Hampshire tend to be a realistic and practical people. So can anyone tell me what on earth HB474 is doing at our Legislature? Why would we even consider giving illegal immigrants tuition breaks to attend the USNH? In a rational world, people who deliberately break the law are punished, not rewarded! To ask the people of New Hampshire to subsidize the college tuition of individuals who are breaking the law is just plain wrong!
The Legislature should focus their efforts on lowering tuition costs and providing scholarships for students who have worked hard, followed the rules and legally call New Hampshire home.
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