House Republican Leaders Statement on Senate Budget

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statement after the Senate passed its version of the state budget by a vote of 19-5.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“The Senate today took an important step in passing their budget.  They have done a tremendous amount of work in crafting a budget that lives within the state’s means, uses realistic revenues, doesn’t raise taxes or fees and takes important steps in modernizing state government to increase efficiency.  I look forward to taking the next few weeks for the House and Senate to work together and go through this budget in a way where we can build off the our shared strengths to bring additional improvements that will protect taxpayers and establish a sustainable spending path for the state.”

“The primary difference between our budgets is that the Senate has taken Governor Lynch’s word that he would balance the current fiscal year, which is nearly $47 million in the red.  Sadly, although weeks have passed since he acknowledged this deficit, the Governor has not shown us a single plan to meet his commitment to eliminate  the current massive deficit.  The ball is now in his court to show us how he intends to balance this budget without gimmicks, borrowing or the other unsustainable schemes of prior years that would merely turn today’s problems into tomorrow’s dilemmas.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Republicans in both the House and Senate have delivered on our promise to budget with integrity, with a commitment to tightening our belts and without any more taxes or fees.  After over 100 tax and fee increases in the past four years under Democrat control, we know both our citizens and our economy just can’t take any more.  With today’s vote by the Senate the taxpayers of the state truly know that help is on the way.”

“While both the House and Senate have our own priorities, we have a shared commitment to the big picture.  Fiscal sanity is coming back to New Hampshire, and we will be a beacon of responsibility during the First-In-The-Nation Primary.