AN ACT repealing the state art fund.
SPONSORS: Rep. D. McGuire, Merr 8
Apparently Dan McGuire doesn’t want any tainted National Endowment for the Arts money coming into NH, and doesn’t want NH tax dollars invested in art. Undoubtedly he wants us to think this is a heroic money saving measure. Some of us remember that last year he cosponsored a bill that called for NH taxpayers to spend millions diverting the Suncook River so that his property would have riverfront footage once again. It’s all about priorities.
AN ACT abolishing the department of cultural resources.
SPONSORS: Rep. Vaillancourt, Hills 15
This bill abolishes the department of cultural resources, transferring the division of libraries and the division of historical resources to the department of state, and transferring the New Hampshire film and television commission to the department of resources and economic development.
Given that Vaillancourt wanted to eliminate the inter-library loan program because the books arrived too fast in his library, it’s unsurprising to see him taking another run at libraries. Vaillancourt is obviously well read, and quite literate – but like many fauxbertarian types, he benefitted from libraries and education, but now wants to pull the ladder up after him. It’s clear that this crowd of parvenus lacks any appreciation for history, unless it’s the Magna Carta or the Constitution of their imagination, and has even less appreciation for culture. NH literature and art are of no consequence to these barbarians.
AN ACT requiring the teaching of evolution as a theory in public schools.
SPONSORS: Rep. Bergevin, Hills 17
Theory of Evolution. Require evolution to be taught in the public schools of this state as a theory, including the theorists’ political and ideological viewpoints and their position on the concept of atheism.
Big Christian Daddy is Watching You! No room for freedom of (or from) religion with this guy. As I’ve said before, Bergevin is his own best proof that evolution IS only a theory.
AN ACT establishing a statewide property tax credit for a resident maintaining a personal vegetable garden.
SPONSORS: Rep. Malone, Belk 5; Rep. Cohn, Merr 6
I. Any person owning residential property who maintains on his or her property, within the period of the property tax year, a vegetable garden of at least 100 square feet consisting of vegetables grown for personal or local consumption, shall be entitled to receive a credit to be deducted from his or her tax bill in the amount of $75.
II. In order to qualify under this section, the vegetable garden shall not be intended as a business venture, except that produce from the vegetable garden may be sold at a farmer’s market or farm stand.
So, if you grow vegetables and sell them at a farmer’s market or farm stand, the operative word is SELL. That means money changing hands – and isn’t that a business venture? Representatives Cohn and Malone give no reasoning as to why gardeners merit some sort of welfare program. Perhaps because you can’t grow bootstraps?
And now, a moment of silence for the bill requiring quotes from the Magna Carta, which brought national attention to our state, during the first in the nation primary. As this story in the Concord Monitor reveals, this brilliant bit of legislation went down in flames.