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Opposition testimony to SB 231

Dear state senators,

This correspondence is to confirm my opposition to SB 231. 

This form of modern day bolshevicism is completely unacceptable in what is left of our live free or die state.This bill is also in direct violation of the NH state consitution, Part 1 Bill of Rights,  

"Art.] 28-a. [Mandated Programs.] The state shall not mandate or assign any new, expanded or modified programs or responsibilities to any political subdivision in such a way as to necessitate additional local expenditures by the political subdivision unless such programs or responsibilities are fully funded by the state or unless such programs or responsibilities are approved for funding by a vote of the local legislative body of the political subdivision."November 28, 1984

When did the local municipal bodies of NH approve a historic housing tax credit;  appropriations to the department of health and human services to support emergency shelter programs; and appropriations to the housing finance authority and the department of business and economic affairs to support workforce housing and affordable housing?  

Certain impacts of these programs, will inevitably fall on single-family property owners throughout the state.  What a travesty that none of this seemed to be considered by bill sponsors:  Sen. Innis, Dist 7; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Lang, Dist 2; Sen. Chandley, Dist 11; Sen. Prentiss, Dist 5; Sen. Whitley, Dist 15; Sen. Perkins Kwoka, Dist 21; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Rep. Alexander Jr., Hills. 29; Rep. S. Gould, Merr. 8.

This bill deserves to be killed as it is a direct infringement on Article 28-a in the NH Bill of Rights.  I urge you all to spend more time reading  the state constitution and less time appeasing to developers and lobbyists, such as local chambers of commerce and regional planning commissions.


Regina Barnes - Hampton

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