PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS: New Hampshire
PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE'S
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: New Hampshire
EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
- Unemployment Down to 2.9%: The unemployment rate in New Hampshire has declined from 7.6% to 2.9% since 1993.
- 116,900 New Jobs: 116,900 new jobs have been created in New Hampshire since 1993 -- an average of 15,415 per year. In contrast, an average of 10,275 jobs were lost each year under the previous administration.
- 106,800 New Private Sector Jobs: Since 1993, 106,800 new private sector jobs have been created—an average of 14,084 jobs per year, compared to an average loss of 11,000 private sector jobs per year in the previous administration.
- 8,100 New Manufacturing Jobs: 8,100 manufacturing jobs have been created in New Hampshire since 1993 -- an average of 1,068 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 5,025 manufacturing jobs were lost each year during the previous administration.
- 9,400 New Construction Jobs: 9,400 construction jobs have been created in New Hampshire since 1993 -- an average of 1,240 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 4,175 construction jobs were lost each year during the previous administration.
- 25,000 Have Received a Raise: Approximately 12,000 New Hampshire workers benefited from an increase in the minimum wage—from $4.25 to $4.75 -- on October 1, 1996. They, along with about 13,000 more received an additional raise—from $4.75 to $5.15 -- on September 1, 1997. President Clinton and Vice President Gore have called on Congress to raise the minimum wage by an additional $1.00 over two years.
- A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to President Clinton, the Balanced Budget delivers a child tax credit to 130,000 families in New Hampshire.
- Poverty Has Fallen: Nationally, the poverty rate has fallen from 15.1% in 1993 to 11.8% in 1999, the lowest level since 1979. In New Hampshire, the poverty rate has fallen to 8.8% in 1999. [Census Bureau]
- Homeownership Has Increased in New Hampshire: Homeownership in New Hampshire has increased from 65.7% to 70.2% since 1993.
- Home Building Up 5.4%: Home building in New Hampshire has increased by an average of 5.4% per year since 1993, after falling over 23.5% per year during the previous administration.
- Business Failures Down 12.4%: Business failures have dropped an average of 12.4% per year since 1993, after increasing 44.6% per year during the previous four years. [Oct. 98 data]
- New Hampshire's Families Reap Benefits of Deficit Reduction: Public debt is on track to be $2.4 trillion lower in 2000 than was projected in 1993. Debt reduction brings real benefits for the American people -- a family in New Hampshire with a home mortgage of $100,000 might expect to save roughly $2,000 per year in mortgage payments. Reduced debt also means lower interest rates and reduced payments on car loans and student loans.
- 15.2% Growth in Total Bank Loans and Leases: New Hampshire has seen a 15.2% average annual growth rate in total bank loans and leases per year since 1993. In contrast, total bank loans and leases fell an annual average of 15.1% during the previous administration.
- 3.8% Growth in Commercial and Industrial Loans and Leases: Since 1993, New Hampshire has experienced a 3.8% average annual growth rate in commercial and industrial loans and leases. In contrast, commercial and industrial loans and leases fell an annual average of 25.1% during the previous administration.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
- Over 1,400 Children in Head Start: 1,425 New Hampshire children were enrolled in Head Start in 1999. In FY00, New Hampshire will receive $10.2 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $5.2 million over 1993.
- More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for New Hampshire's Schools: Thanks to the Class Size Reduction Initiative, New Hampshire received $5.6 million in 1999 to hire about 145 new, well-prepared public school teachers and reduce class size in the early grades. President Clinton secured funding for a second installment of the plan, giving New Hampshire an additional $6.1 million in 2000.
- $1.6 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY00], New Hampshire receives nearly $1.6 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. [Education Department, 12/3/99]
- $2.1 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY00], New Hampshire receives $2.1 million for the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund which helps communities and the private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer literacy skills needed for the 21st century.
- $19.9 Million for Students Most in Need: New Hampshire receives $19.9 million in Title I Grants (to Local Educational Agencies) providing extra help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families [FY00]. This includes over $340,000 in accountability grants, to help states and school districts turn around the worst performing schools and hold them accountable for results.
- $22.1 Million in Pell Grants: This year [FY00], New Hampshire will receive $22.1 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, benefiting 12,065 New Hampshire students.
- Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY00 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. New Hampshire will receive $6.4 million in Work-Study funding in 2000 to help New Hampshire students work their way through college.
- Nearly 1,500 Have Served in New Hampshire through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 1,494 AmeriCorps participants have earned money for college while working in New Hampshire's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks. [through 2/00]
- Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President Clinton's $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002 and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 24,000 students in New Hampshire will receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500. 29,000 students in New Hampshire will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in FY2000 estimate]
- Expanded Job Training to New Hampshire's Dislocated Workers: President Clinton's FY 2001 budget would triple funding for the dislocated workers program over 1992 levels. New Hampshire received $2.4 million in 1999 to help 1,400 dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible. In FY 2000, New Hampshire will receive over $2.2 million to provide job training services for dislocated workers.
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
- Crime Falls 10% in New Hampshire: Under the Clinton-Gore Administration, America has experienced the longest continuous drop in crime on record. Since 1992, serious crime in New Hampshire has fallen 10%. Violent crime and property crime have also fallen 5% and 10% respectively.
- 439 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 439 new police officers to date in communities across New Hampshire. [through 7/00]
- $11.7 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, New Hampshire has received approximately $11.7 million in federal funds to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. [through 9/2000]
- $400,000 in Grants for Battered Women: In FY99, New Hampshire received $400,000 in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse.
- $2.2 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of New Hampshire's Schools: New Hampshire receives $2.2 million in FY00 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
- 13,556 Fewer People on Welfare: There are 13,556 fewer people on welfare in New Hampshire now than there were at the beginning of 1993 -- a 47% decrease. [through 6/99]
- Child Support Collections Up 123%: Child support collections have increased by $34 million—or 123% -- in New Hampshire since FY92. [through FY98]
- Encouraging Responsible Choices—Preventing Teen Pregnancy in New Hampshire: Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with significant components of the strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages "second chance homes" to provide teen parents with the skills and support they need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates are declining. And between 1991 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 14.1% in New Hampshire.
- $6.3 Million for New Hampshire Welfare-to-Work: In 1998 and 1999, New Hampshire received a total of $5.3 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula grants, helping New Hampshire welfare recipients get and keep jobs. In addition, $1 million in competitive grants were awarded to New Hampshire localities to support innovative welfare-to-work strategies. Part of the President's comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act.
INVESTING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE'S HEALTH
- Health Care for Over 4,500 Uninsured New Hampshire Children: In 1997, President Clinton passed the largest single investment in health care for children since 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This investment guarantees the full range of benefits that children need to grow up strong and healthy. Two million children nationwide have health care coverage thanks to the President's plan, including 4,554 in New Hampshire. [HHS, Health Care Financing Administration, FY99 SCHIP enrollment data]
- Helping Over 18,000 New Hampshire Women and Children with WIC: The Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY99, New Hampshire received $9.7 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 18,132 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance. [through 8/99]
- More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President's 1993 Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have reached an historic high. According to the CDC, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines in 1996, 1997, and again in 1998 —surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In New Hampshire in 1998, 99% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 92% received the vaccine for polio; 95% received the vaccine for measles, and 95% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis.
- Funding for HIV/AIDS Assistance Programs: In FY 2000, New Hampshire will receive $317,246 in Ryan White Title II formula grants. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services. Also through the Ryan White Act, New Hampshire will receive $610,476 for state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs), which help those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. There has been a tenfold increase in ADAP funding in the last four years, up from $52 million in 1996 to $528 million in 2000. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 4/7/00]
- Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 45% in New Hampshire: The Clinton Administration's tobacco proposal, combined with the recently enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting premature deaths 45% in New Hampshire by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 15,600 of New Hampshire's youth will be kept from smoking and 5,000 will be spared a premature tobacco-related death. [Treasury Dept., 2/99]
- 610,000 Americans in New Hampshire Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient Protections: Even if New Hampshire enacted all the protections in the Patients' Bill of Rights, 610,000 people in New Hampshire cannot be assured they have the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President's Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable patients' bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have a basic set of protections. Notably, 290,000 New Hampshire women are in ERISA health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs addressed by a patients' bill of rights.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
- 8 Toxic Waste Sites Cleaned Up: Since 1993, the EPA has completed 8 Superfund toxic waste cleanups in New Hampshire. These sites are located in Greenland, Barrington, Conway, Epping, Raymond, Peterborough, and Londonderry (2). That is four times the number of sites cleaned up in New Hampshire during the previous two administrations combined. [through 3/1/00]
- $7.7 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY00], thanks to President Clinton, New Hampshire will receive $7.7 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to provide low-interest loans to municipalities to build, improve, and prevent pollution of drinking water systems.
- Revitalizing Brownfields in New Hampshire: As part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to clean up Brownfields, the EPA has awarded grants to the community of Concord, as well as communities encompassed by the State of New Hampshire Coastal Piscataqua—Dover, Durham, Exeter, Newmarket, Rochester, and Somersworth, and the communities encompassed by the State of New Hampshire Watershed—for environmental clean-up and economic revitalization. In addition, EPA grant funds will be sent to the State of New Hampshire to help other small municipalities. This project is intended to jump-start local clean-up efforts by providing funds to return unproductive, abandoned, contaminated urban properties to productive use.
SPEARHEADING URBAN RENEWAL EFFORTS
- Revitalizing New Hampshire's Communities: Manchester was designated an Enterprise Community in December 1994 and was awarded $3 million to create more jobs, housing, and economic opportunity for area residents.
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
- Over $28 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, New Hampshire has received over $28 million in disaster relief. This includes $1.1 million in assistance for Tropical Storm Floyd in 1999; $14 million in assistance for severe ice storms, rain and strong winds in 1998; and $5.6 million in disaster relief aide to help New Hampshire recover from severe flooding that occurred in October of 1996. [FEMA, 2/29/00]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
- $369 Million in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, New Hampshire has received $369 million in federal highway aid, including $400,000 for emergency relief in response to natural disasters and $5.4 million for scenic byways. These funds have helped generate 15,262 jobs. [through FY99]
- Over $82.4 Million in Aviation Funds: From FY93-FY99 New Hampshire received over $82.4 million in Airport Improvement Program funds to help build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near airports.
- Over $31 Million in Transit Funds: Since 1993, the Federal Transit Administration has provided over $31 million of funding to support mass transportation in New Hampshire. Many of the FTA funded projects in New Hampshire benefit the State's large rural population and elderly persons without cars who heavily rely on transit for their medical and shopping needs.
- Saving Lives and Property: In 1999, the United States Coast Guard saved 13 lives and $2.2 million of property in New Hampshire.