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We Have New "Conservative" Republican!

Behold the “change” in Maggie Hassan from progressive to Republican – in a Blue State? I thought we were past all that conservative stuff.

Just as Governor Lynch was labeled “popular” in every news article ever written about him, we now see the transformation of a former tax and spend legislator into a “conservative.”

My, what does their polling tell them about NH voters?

The Office of Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan

Sets Conservative Baseline Targets of 97%/100% of FY13 Budget to Allow State to Respond to Federal Changes; Focus on Priorities

CONCORD – As part of her efforts to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budgetthat will help build a more innovative economy, while protecting New Hampshire’s priorities, Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan instructed state agencies today to submit reduced budget proposals for Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015.

For Fiscal Year 2014, Hassan asked agencies to submit budgets that spend 97 percent of their adjusted 2013 appropriation. For Fiscal Year 2015, Hassan asked for budget proposals that are 100 percent of the adjusted 2013 appropriation. She asked agencies to meet the targets for all general, liquor, sweepstakes, highway, turnpike and fish and game funds.

The conservative97 percent budget targets will serve as a baseline that will allow Hassan to better identify priorities as she brings people together to make the difficult, fiscally responsible decisions needed to invest in innovation while balancing the budget without a sales or income tax.

“While we are beginning to see signs of recovery and revenue growth, we face fiscal uncertainty, particularly around how decisions in Washington and the so-called fiscal cliff will impact New Hampshire’s state budget, economic growth and revenues,” Governor-Elect Hassan said in a memo to state agencies. “There are also investments that we must make as a state in the coming two years in order to protect the health and safety of our citizens and to build an innovative economy that will ensure long-term growth. These budget targets will give us options and flexibility to assess and respond to unfolding economic and external events.”

Hassan emphasized that going forward these targets, as well as individual agency budgets, may be adjusted upward or downward depending on revenues, federal actions and state priorities as she constructs a balanced budget to submit to the legislature by February 15th. However, she stressed that agencies’ 97 percent budgets should not include cuts that will violate maintenance of effort requirements or federal laws or regulations and should focus on identifying reductions through innovation and efficiencies, not across-the-board cuts.

“I recognize that many state agencies have faced significant cuts in recent years and reaching these targets will be challenging,” said Hassan. “In recent weeks, I have had the opportunity to meet with many of you and I’ve been impressed by your creative efforts and ideas for making government more efficient, reducing unnecessary and duplicative tasks, and improving service to our citizens. I ask you to continue those efforts through this process. We need to continue innovating in how we provide state services to adapt to economic realities and to reflect changes in how our citizens live and work.”

As Governor, Maggie Hassan will bring people together to keep New Hampshire moving forward by focusing on innovation, fiscal responsibility and common-sense solutionsto our challenges. Hassan will work with members of both parties to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budgetthat protects New Hampshire’s priorities without an income or sales tax. She will work to implement her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. And Hassan will reach out to legislators and citizens across the state to listen to their ideas on moving New Hampshire forward.


Reader Comments (13)

Behold my bleedin' heart, do we have the making of a DINO before my very eyes?
– C. dog unwrapping an early X-mas present
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog
C. dog and Ed -- if you'd put your myths and slogans aside and actually LISTENED to Democrats, you'd find that we've always been "fiscally conservative." We just see money spent on certain kinds of programs as "investments" -- in education, health care, helping our seniors and mentally and physically challenged. Republicans seem to put as priorities wars in other countries, like starting two unpaid wars during the past decade, which Democrats have been trying to get us out. And Republicans love to support the rich, but tax the poor, and provide corporate welfare and support for oil companies.

That's the difference. Plus, of course, Democrats are more concerned about those issues (sometimes referred to as "social issues") which affect the way we treat each other. We realize that the words "...with liberty and justice for all" don't have qualification, and do indeed mean ALL.
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Splaine
Investments – that's a funny word. Where might I go pick up my stock certificates, Jimbo, or are they stockade certificates? By the way, please regale us with your mighty mathematics to explicate the $16.2T debt. (I can't wait to see these new-math gymnastics.)
– C. dog seeking liberty from Jimbo Splaine's chains
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog

And Democrats care so much about transgenered candiates they talk winners into resigning. So much for diversity. Come on 2014.

The last time moonbat Democrats ran the show, in New Hampshire alone, you piled up $800,000,000.00 in debt trying to spend us into a broad based tax. And that didn't work.

For some reason your Democrat talking points drifted into war spending in a story about the newly baptised CONSERVATIVE TAX and SPEND governor Hassan. So here goes.

What war has Obama stopped?

What Gitmo has he closed?

Why did Democrat Obama send troops to Uganda over a year ago to catch a guy who has a 200 member "army."

How much money in arms shipments has Obama made to the Muslim Brotherhood lately?

How much military spending did Obama and Hillary SAVE by NOT having security at our embassy in Beghazi?
December 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterEd Naile
Ed -- there was never an $800 million "deficit" in 2010 -- another myth that you keep repeating hoping people will believe. President Barack Obama has stopped the Iraq war, and is ending Afghanistan with a clear deadline. Obama sent forces into Uganda to cool what could have become a big war, and did the rest with diplomacy, something Republicans don't seem to know much about. Your comment about the Muslim Brotherhood deserves no reply, but let's hope we know that we need peace with all Muslims -- there sure are a lot of them on this planet, and we can't fight them all, even though some right-wingers and companies that make products of war would like us to try. And no matter how the Tea Partiers try to put the horrible killings at our embassy onto President Obama and Secretary Clinton, it won't work. It shows how bankrupt the right-wingers are.

C. dog -- the "investments" in education are paying dividends to you daily by having a new generation of income earners, who grow up to provide better services to you, and education keeps young people from becoming criminals who will steal your things, so be thankful for our schools. Our "investments" in our health care makes for a healthier population, as we face unknown challenges during this century, which when you catch up to you'll find has a lot of unknowns. And "investment" in our seniors and our needy citizens is just the right thing to do. Jesus helped the poor, the old, the sick, the needy. As humans, we should all do so too.
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Splaine
So Jimbo, what if I don't want any services from the baggy panted, ink-stained, barely literate 'utes? The quality is shoddy, and the price too high. What's that, I'm not free to opt out? But you said "liberty and justice for all". By the way, I don't recall Jesus using big guns, pointy swords, and shiny boots to "help" the meek. Seems his system was voluntary, but keep repeating this tripe, it only serves to underscore your lack of learnin', which we must assume you acquired at the hands of government schoolmarms.
– C. dog unwrapping Jimbo's unknown century challenges one chicken little at a time
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog
It takes a village, C. dog. Who said that? We're all in this together. We're the UNITED STATES of America, united we stand, divided we fall. If we all benefit from our roads, schools, government buildings, courts, museums, bridges, fire and police protection, and all the many things our government does, we have to share in its cost. Seems to me the majority of your fellow Americas understood that a month ago. And 71 years ago as well.
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Splaine
But Jim, we all can't print money and borrow 46 cents of every dollar we INVEST.

You sound comical, but $16 trillion dollars in US debt does scare some taxpayers - the smart ones.

Hippie culture is over Jim. It is no longer cool.

And back to my article:

If the new tax and spend governor is feeling held to my CNHT tax pledge and is pretending, like Lynch did with homosexual marriage, to be conservative - what does that tell you about what she thinks the NH voters are wary of.

That's right, she isn't parroting your talking pionts - in public.
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEd Naile
Jimmy Boy must have helped Belknap County balance their budget balance budget before with one time $4M federal stimulus money last year (just like he helped Maggie) . This year the fall out of this 'free' money means almost 9% increase in 'real' budget. Maybe Jimmy Boy can use his Obama Phone to ask for more of the money back that was taken from us at gunpoint (remember the IRS is now armed with hollow points).
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdave

Correct me if I am wrong but if you get FREEE one time money to balance your budget, or wish list, and the money goes away but the spending stays, don't you have to make up that FREEE money - forever?

That is how the FREEE money to hire cops in my town worked when I was a selectman there.

Deering would have never hired a full time cop without the FREEE money - we got one who accidently killed a 44year old father of 8 in town.

That FREEE cop has moved on now.
December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEd Naile
It takes a village to raise an idiot, and caring parents to raise a sentient being. Clearly, we know which raised Jimbo to his lofty heights.
– C. dog
December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog
Ed... yup. All one time money, prior to acceptance, should require a 5 and 10 year estimate of cost impact and identify a source for that money. In fact, a perspective tax increase should be voted on and approved prior to taking the FREEE dollars.
December 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdave

Sound advice for any RSA 32 Budget Committee in NH towns or schools.

What is the future impact of the FREEE money?
December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEd Naile

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