Granite State Workers Need More Support, Not Less


When I read the Jan. 15 column from Greg Moore, two well-known cliches came to mind - "consider the source" and "follow the money."

Both apply because the hype around the American Legislative Exchange Council bill (known as "Right to Work" by Republicans and "Right to Work for Less" by Democrats) being introduced in state after state is what Orwell called double-speak - its focus is on anything-but worker rights.

Part of the difficulty in sorting out what happens in government is the fact that lobbyists like Mr. Moore's group, Americans for Prosperity, pose as if they are working for a stronger New Hampshire. If this bill was truly of benefit to Granite Staters, why is AFP assailing all states?

While the language in the article used words like "freedom" and "equality" to assign positive values to Senate Bill 11, those trying to earn a living gain nothing from its passage. In fact, the non-partisan Economic Policy Institute found wages to be 3.2 percent lower in states where bills like the proposed measure become law. Who gains those lost wages?

Public Information Session on Land Warrants

The Town of Hollis Land Protection Study Committee has worked to help preserve the town’s rural character for many years. Come hear a review of the land acquisition warrant article(s) under consideration at this year’s town meeting; have the facts and get your questions answered before the vote.
Please attend this informative session at the Lawrence Barn on Tuesday, February 23rd, 7 p.m., and the Annual Town meeting on Saturday, March 12th, 10 a.m., at Hollis Brookline High School, 24 Cavalier Court, Hollis.

View Documentary on Money in Politics

In accord with the NH Rebellion sponsoring a march in early January to call attention to the corrupting influence of money on the political process, the Hollis Democrats are presenting the documentary by John Wellington Ennis, "Pay to Play" at the Lawrence Barn in Hollis on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Pizza and beverages will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 465-2033.

thumb CommonCore Hollis Brookline and the Common Core

Have you heard about the Common Core?
It is a big topic in education these days!

The Common Core is a set of core educational standards in which students, by grade level, should be able to demonstrate competency. HB schools have been working diligently on the transition to Common Core standards, and they held a public meeting on January 30th at the High School auditorium to set a context for the changes, and to provide details on the proposed standards and the adaptive assessment test Hollis Brookline has chosen to use to replace the NECAP exams.

John Moody, Interim Superintendent of Schools for SAU41 and Cindy Matte, Assistant Superintendent, hosted the overview of the Common Core Educational Standards at the Hollis Brookline Coop Auditorium. They were joined by Assistant Principal Patti Flynn of Hollis Brookline Middle School who provided the overview of the English Language Arts component and Dot Ball, HBHS Mathematics Department Chair, who covered Math.

NH Senate Deal opens the Door for Medicaid Expansion

Thank you to our Governor, Maggie Hassan
and our State Senator, Peggy Gilmour!

Link to NHPR lead story

Hollis Dems Meeting - Tuesday, February 11
at Hollis Social Library

The Hollis Democrats will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Hollis Social Library. Pizza will be available at 6 p.m.; the business meeting begins at 7 p.m., which includes the state-wide effort to overturn Citizen’s United and a discussion of Hollis’s involvement in amplifying the national effort to Get the Big Money Out of Politics via a warrant article at Town Meeting in March. The short film, Legalize Democracy, will be shown. RSVP 465-2033.

Hippo Press article about the NH Rebellion - Walk Across NH, page 7
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Tuesday, March 11 - Town Elections at Lawrence Barn, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 12 - Annual Town Meeting, 7:00 pm at Hollis/Brookline HS Gym

2014 Budget and Town Meeting Information