To The Daily Sun,
Last July, Gov. Hassan had tried to appoint two mainstream politicians to the SEC (site evaluation committee) to elevate her political position. The two seats, both of which shall be residents of the state with expertise or experience in one or more of the following areas: public deliberative or adjudicative proceedings, business management, environmental protection, natural resource protection, energy facility design, construction, operation or management, community and regional planning or economical development. These qualifications were meant to be a stopgap to avoid a conflict of interest in determining where industrial power resources will be placed in the state. The two mainstream politician's names were withdrawn.
Now here come the Concord moon bats forming another committee to avoid finger pointing for doing nothing or spending without results. The committee called the Joint Legislative Task Force, made up of senators and representatives has proven once more that appointments to these committees stack the decks to cater to departments, state and private agencies. The Task Force is divided into three divisions: Judicial, Health and Finance. Why did the Speaker of the House appoint a retired State Police sergeant as chair of one of these divisions? I'll give you three guesses. There is clearly a conflict of interest when certain departments testify in front of appointed committees looking for increases in funds for their departments and before they walk in the door, the fix is in.
What to watch out for in the upcoming session, increases to, but not limited to, tobacco tax, booze tax, luxury item tax, road use tax (if you drive an economical car), a state tax, property tax, view tax, gas tax, meals and rooms tax. Our lawmakers are going to make us pay for the "epidemic" one way or another, (like it's all of society). They can't go on raiding dedicated funds forever. I can't help but wonder how the money tree in Concord is going to bleed enough to fund the additional 27 new State Police cruisers and the personnel to man them. If you are going to fight drug addiction you need more cruisers on the road. Call Senator Forrester who seems to be the big ramrod behind all of this spending and ask her if at least 10 percent of the $80 million spending spree will actually be going into patient care and treatment?
If you are driving through Bristol be sure you stop into the Community Center for your "free" daily dose of Narcan. It only cost the taxpayer $1,000 a dose. You cant make any of this crap up for a movie.
Eric T. Rottenecker
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