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February 12, 2009

My Opinion: Feb. 12

RAYMOND – I’ve seen a lot of turkeys around Rockingham County the last couple of years. I’m talking about the wild bird type. Some really large flocks at a couple locations in Raymond. But the other day I had the funniest thing happen to me. I was heading home to pick something up, as I crossed the bridge on Prescott Rd., there on the bridge I counted 19 turkeys just walking around like they were waiting for a bus. I slowed down to about 2 mph and as I started to cross the bridge, they just kind of walked out of my way. I went on home and came back across the bridge again about 15 minutes later, and had the same experience, this time counting 23 birds. They just looked at me and went about their business, not at all afraid. What a beautiful sight. Another reason I live in Raymond.

I haven’t talked about the State’s revenues in a while. The figures keep getting worse and worse. The signs I have been getting and the figures show that for the past 7 months we were only receiving about 87% of the estimated monthly revenue figures. Each month so far this year, the percentage of collected revenue has dropped about 0.1%. When you are talking millions, that’s a lot. If this trend continues through June 30, the end of the year, it now looks like the revenue shortfall will be around $325-350M dollars, plus the over $16M dollars in the highway fund for a total of up to $365M dollars short.

Although very busy in committee work, The State House has gotten off to a slow start session wise. January 28th was scheduled for the first session with bills for this year, but was cancelled due to the snow storm. On February 4th , we met with only 14 bills on the consent calendar and 3 on the regular calendar.

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