NH House Leader Statements on Bills to Cut State Budgets, Prohibit Preferences Becoming Law Without Governor's Signature

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statements on two Republican priority bills becoming law without Governor Lynch’s signature.

 HB 623 prohibits the use of preferences based on race, sex, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation for recruiting, hiring, promotion, or admission by state agencies, colleges or universities. 

SB 146 requires state departments to submit budgets that cut spending in addition to the current “maintenance” budgets, in which budgets continually inflate.

 House Speaker William O’Brien

 “New Hampshire should hire and pick the best applicants for jobs and for our schools, regardless of the color of their skin, their gender or other characteristics.  HB 623 makes sure that we focus on the qualities that are truly important in individuals and not give advantages to one group over another.”

 “SB 146 instructs our department heads to find ideas for savings, not simply continuing to do business the same way.  We need to give our leaders the tools to shrink government if we are going to provide the taxpayers the most fiscally responsible government possible.  This important bill is a huge step forward in moving our state towards an affordable, sustainable path that delivers high quality service.”

 “While these bills are huge steps in improving government, I am disappointed that Governor Lynch chose not to show leadership in signing these bills into law.  If he wanted to show our citizens that he is interested in having a small government or ending preferences for certain groups, he missed his chance to be a leader.”

 Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

 “Once again, Governor Lynch had a chance to take a stand for New Hampshire values, and once again he has failed to act.  This  troubling pattern of inaction at a time when the people of this state  need demonstrative direction and management should be of major concern to us all.  Instead, we are faced with his lack of leadership and the avoidance of setting a positive direction for the state, in order to protect liberal special interests.  New Hampshire needs the Governor to step to the plate now and start delivering results for our citizens. If he needs a pen in order to sign some of these important bills we will be happy to provide him with one.