House Republicans Celebrate Passage of Bill to Reduce State Budgets

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today commended the House for passing SB 146, legislation to require state agencies to submit budgets that reduce spending by 5-10% as part of the normal budget process.  Currently, agencies only submit budget proposals, called ‘maintenance budgets,’ that account for inflation and program growth.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 257 to 100.

“This is a critical structural reform that will help to develop a culture of reduced spending in state government.  We need state agencies to start thinking about shrinking government, not continually growing.  This bill will result in more innovation, more efficiency and more savings to New Hampshire’s taxpayers.  This is a big step forward in how we do business,” said O’Brien.

“With this bill, we are turning the budget process on its head.  Republicans are committed to delivering on the promise of limited government and this is a big step to get us there.  If we had this type of reform in the past, we might not have seen 25% growth in our budgets over the past four years.  This is real change for our government and a positive move for the taxpayers of the state,” said Bettencourt.