NH Senate Democratic Caucus

Senator Molly Kelly Praises the Success of Manufacturing Week in New Hampshire

Concord – Senator Molly Kelly (D-Keene), chair of the Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Education Advisory Council, offered the following statement to applaud a successful Manufacturing Week inNew Hampshire: “Recognizing the importance of manufacturing’s role in New Hampshire’s economy and connecting students with our state’s innovative businesses is vital to our future and to keeping New Hampshire’s […]

Senate Democratic Leader’s Statement on NH Hospital Association Report on Impact of NH Health Protection Program

Concord – Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn issued the following statement after the release of a New Hampshire Hospital Association report on the economic impact of the NH Health Protection Program: “Today’s report from the NH Hospital Association is great news and confirms that the New Hampshire Health Protection Program is working to drive down […]


Senate Democrats Statement on Passage of Fiscally Responsible Budget Compromise

Concord – Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn issued the following statement on the passage of the fiscally responsible budget compromise: “The passage of the budget compromise is exactly why our constituents sent us to Concord: to work together across party lines to find bipartisan solutions facing our state. While this agreement isn’t perfect and does not contain everything that […]


Senate Democrats Statement on Fiscally Responsible Budget Agreement

Concord – Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn issued the following statement on the fiscally responsible compromise budget agreement: “This is a good, hard-earned compromise. Throughout the entire budget process, Senate Democrats have fought for a fiscally responsible budget that supports critical economic priorities for New Hampshire’s families and businesses such as combating the heroin crisis, higher education, roads and […]


Senator Donna Soucy Statement on Northern Pass Proposal

Concord – Senator Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) issued the following statement in response to the “Forward New Hampshire Plan” announced by Northern Pass earlier today: “In a changing energy market, supply stability is among our state’s top economic concerns,” said Senator Soucy. “The Northern Pass ‘Forward New Hampshire Plan’ represents a commitment to providing this sought-after stability and diversity by investing in clean, renewable hydroelectricity. Thanks […]

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Weekly Update 1/23/15 

Dear Friend:

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans unveiled a proposal that would blow a $40 million hole into the state’s budget. They failed to name which critical services will be cut to cover the cost. But one thing is clear, we know who will benefit…big multinational corporations – who will get this GOP Tax Giveaway.

Mid-week, the State of New Hampshire was once again in the Nation’s spotlight. Politico named NH #1 on their list of the best states for the second year in a row, confirming what Granite Staters already know; we live in the greatest state in America.

We also learned that NH’s unemployment rate dropped to 4% in December, which is significantly lower than the national average and the lowest in New England. This is another indicator that our economy continues to strengthen.

Although, these encouraging signs show our economy is moving in the right direction, we still have more work to do. However, we must stay forced on expanding opportunity for all, not giving more tax giveaways to big businesses.

Thank you for all you do,

Jeff Woodburn
Senate Democratic Leader

Senate Democrats in the News

Concord Monitor: Senator Feltes – Hassan says GOP Tax Business Giveaway Plan would create hole in the budget
A common concern raised by the bill’s opponents in the discussion was what type of financial impact the tax changes would have on state revenues and services. Sen. Dan Feltes, a Concord Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, questioned how New Hampshire would make up the forecasted revenue losses.

Nashua Telegraph: Senator Lasky – Greater Nashua observes MLK Jr. Day at Annual Breakfast

Sen. Bette Lasky, D-Nashua, a breakfast attendee for years, called the holiday “always such an inspirational, invigorating day.” She went on to say that she and many other legislators, backed by Gov. Maggie Hassan, continue to “fight off right-wing efforts against our freedom and our rights” in Concord.

NHPR: Senator Fuller Clark – County Attorneys Should Be Appointed, Not Elected
County attorneys in New Hampshire have traditionally been elected, but a proposal going before state lawmakers seeks to change that.

Nashua Telegraph: Senator Watters – Proposed legislation would support career-ready programs in state high schools
“For a 21st century economy, we need Career and Technical Education programs…There’s such a demand for work-ready students. Advanced manufacturing, automotive welding, IT in particular; just a variety of employees businesses are crying out for,” Watters said.

Weekly Update 1/16/15 

Dear Friend:

As the Session begins, Senate Democrats have been finalizing our legislative efforts to fight for the people of New Hampshire. Our goal is to defend against the repeal of last year’s key victories – passing medicaid expansion, rebuilding NH’s infrastructure, and reinvesting in our shared priorities after the destructive 2011-12 O’Brien budget.

Senate Democrats and Governor Hassan will fight to ensure the Republican Legislature doesn’t take NH backward. We will also continue to focus on finding new innovative ways to expand opportunity for all Granite Staters. 

Thank you for all you do,

Jeff Woodburn
Senate Democratic Leader

Senate Democrats in the News

Senate Democrats condemned KY Senator Paul Rand’s comments suggesting half of the injured workers are cheating the system

“Senator Paul’s comments demonize injured workers who are getting only what they paid for through a mandated, public insurance program.”  
– Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn 

Sen. Woodburn joined NHPR Legislative Leaders Roundtable
Sen. Woodburn called for Republicans to put partisanship aside and work to build an unanimous budget as was done in 2013 that made smart investments.

Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn appeared on WMUR-TV’s Close Up program with Republican Senator Andy Sanborn to talk about the coming legislative year
“Democrats are focused on finding bipartisan solutions that will expand opportunities for all and increase stagnant wages and improve purchasing power for low and middle income workers.”

             – Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn