House Business Caucus Helps to Pass Improvements to Dealer Bill of Rights

CONCORD – Today the New Hampshire House voted to pass SB126, a bill that significantly improves the environment in which auto and equipment dealers operate in our state.

SB 126 updates the Dealer Bill of Rights New Hampshire has had in law for 40 years, improving fairness for motor vehicle and equipment dealers and enabling them to run their operations more independently from manufacturer mandates.

“The final vote of 338 to 30 shows how pro-business legislators and local business owners can work together to improve the business environment in New Hampshire,” said House Business Caucus Chairman Representative Laurie Sanborn (R, Bedford).  “Passage of this bill will help preserve family dealerships and enable them to better succeed here.  It will also allow New Hampshire dealers to purchase more goods and services from local companies, keeping expenses down and further helping the economy in our state.”

Representative Laura Jones (R, Rochester), a member of the House Commerce Committee and House Business Caucus added, “Equipment dealers face the same pressures from manufacturers as auto dealers, and the bill includes them under RSA 357-C just as snowmobiles and off-road RVs were included back in 2002.”

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N.H. is near-perfect in new small business survey

From NHBR.com:

New Hampshire is a very friendly place to do business – in fact, it gets an A+, according to a small business survey conducted by Thumbtack.com in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The state was given an A grade in last year’s Thumbtack.com survey, but this year it has a near-perfect record, ranking third overall and tops as the best state for business (those are two separate categories). It also is ranked second for ease of starting a new business.

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View the data from Thumbtack.com here

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House Business Caucus Helps to Defeat Proposed “Beer Tax” Legislation

CONCORD — The New Hampshire State Legislature today voted down a tax increase to be imposed upon brew pubs, manufacturers, and licensed wholesalers, then passed on to consumers. House Business Caucus Members were an integral part of defeating the proposed tax which threatened to halt momentum from a number of pro-business bills the caucus saw signed into law last year to help New Hampshire employers such as nano-brewers.

House Business Caucus founder and Chair, Laurie Sanborn said, “This proposed ‘beer tax’ is a good example of the type of legislation our caucus opposes. Our goal is to create legislation that improves the business climate of our state and helps to encourage new and emerging businesses such as the microbrewery industry,” said Rep. Laurie Sanborn, R-Bedford. “A 33 percent increase of the beer tax doesn’t help to achieve this goal, and is bad for businesses and consumers.”

Rep. Adam Schroadter, Vice-Chair, stated, “The brewing market has grown quite a lot here and has been a boon to tourism and development with trail tours and other attractions and this proposed tax threatened further economic expansion. We need to instead examine remaining onerous regulations that are turning away the many jobs that could come to New Hampshire by way of new plants and manufacturers here. We need to work with our employers, not against them. We hope New Hampshire employers know we are listening and doing all we can to help them prosper and expand.”

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NH House Business Caucus Names Vice Chairs

The NH House Business Caucus, a non-partisan group of State Representatives focused on improving the climate for businesses in our state, is pleased to announce that Representatives Patrick Abrami (R – Stratham) and Adam Schroadter (R – Newmarket) have become Vice Chairs.

Founder and Chair, Representative Laurie Sanborn (R – Bedford) said, “ Both of these Representatives contributed greatly to the success of the business caucus last year, and will continue to be leading advocates for businesses and the jobs they bring to New Hampshire in this important role.”

The NH House Business Caucus was created in January 2011 by Sanborn, and quickly became the largest caucus in State House history to focus on promoting job creation and economic expansion through responsible business growth.  During the 2011-2012 House Session, the NH House Business Caucus helped to pass over 50 pro-business bills that made it easier for businesses to operate in our state, reducing excessive and unnecessary regulations, reforming business tax laws, and reducing costs on employers.

“I am eager to continue our work in the legislature to make our state more business friendly,” said Rep. Schroadter. proprietor of The Stone Church, and serving his second term in Rockingham District 17 (Newfields and Newmarket).

Rep. Abrami is also serving his second term and is one of four partners in Applied Management Systems, Inc., a healthcare operations consulting firm with national presence.   “Being a business owner myself, I know the importance of fostering a supportive environment for retention of good companies,” said Abrami.  “This is why I think the House Business Caucus is so important.”

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HBC Member to File Legislation to Further Help Brewers Locate and Expand in New Hampshire; Jobs Created with Help of House Bill

CONCORD — Rep. Adam Schroadter of Newmarket today announced his intentions to file legislation to further deregulate brewers in New Hampshire. Rep. Schroadter and others House Business Coalition Members were an integral part of passing a number of pro-business bills to help New Hampshire employers such as nano-brewers. Rep. Joanne Ward of Stratham had heard from Redhook Breweries that due to heavy regulations and stringent definition of specialty beers in New Hampshire, the brewery had to house its warehouse in Massachusetts. Legislators worked to pass House Bill 1241, which expanded the definition of specialty beers in New Hampshire to allow for ingredients such as, but not limited to, molasses, maple syrup, honey, spices, herbs, fruits, nuts, chocolate, vanilla, or other nonbeverage ingredients. Rep. Ward said the law allowed Redhook to move its warehouse to New Hampshire and add additional equipment and eight positions in Portsmouth.

Rep. Schroadter says he plans to address another issue affecting brewers and business in New Hampshire with new legislation.

Rep. Adam Schroadter

“Currently New Hampshire has some of the most onerous brewing regulations. Instead of being required to register one label per brewery, as most states do, New Hampshire requires that brewers here register each individual beer flavor. We’ve heard this has adverse effects on cost, time and resources and that some larger, popular brewers have passed on locating to or expanding in New Hampshire because of this. The brewing market has grown quite a lot here and has been a boon to tourism and development with trail tours and other attractions and we’re missing out on further economic expansion. We also are turning away the many jobs that could come to New Hampshire by way of new plants and manufacturers here. We need to work with our employers, not against them. We hope New Hampshire employers know we are listening and doing all we can to help them prosper and expand.”

Rep. Joanne Ward

“In addition to job creation and increased revenues for Redhook and the state, the passage of this bill helps other breweries in the state to become more creative with their products in the ever growing segment of microbreweries.”

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Photos: Signing Ceremony for HB1392

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