“Legislators — and Gov. John Lynch — are running away from reality. Lawmakers are heaping taxes on top of more taxes, while the governor is downshifting the cost of state government by denying cities and towns the aid they have historically received.”
-Foster’s Daily Democrat (5/31)
PORTSMOUTH HERALD: Tell State To Cut Spending
May 31, 2009
- The Democrats Have Proposed Budgets That “Greatly Increase[s] Taxes”: “The N.H. Senate Finance Committee has passed an $11.5 billion spending plan that would, if passed, nickel and dime us on small expenses, greatly increase taxes on our struggling businesses, and add the clatter of 13,000 slot machines to help pay for our profligate spending. And it will do this without addressing any of the long-term budget busters waiting to blow up on us in the future when we no longer have $500 million in stimulus money or $100 million from an unused medical malpractice fund.
- The Democrats Have Refused To Focus On Cutting Spending: The one thing we are not seeing is any real restructuring of our state government to dramatically bring down spending. Granite Staters like to think of themselves as frugal Yankees but this is a myth. Look at how taxes and fees are climbing, factor in our high property taxes and the whole notion of New Hampshire as a low-tax paradise begins to fall apart.
- New Hampshire Does Not Need Gambling Or New Taxes To Balance The Budget: “The fact is we wouldn't need gambling or any of these new taxes if we could just bring our spending in line.”
FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT: Anti-Business Lawmakers Must Be Stopped Now
May 31, 2009
- The Democrats Are Threatening New Hampshire’s “Business-Friendly Environment”: “New Hampshire’s New Hampshire's reputation as a state with a business-friendly environment is at risk. It might mean a slower recovery from the recession than was previously thought. We may be in for many more months of hard times. And it is all because of an irresponsible legislative proposal.”
- The Democrats Are “Afraid To Attack” State Spending: “The Senate Finance Committee wants the Legislature to suspend the business enterprise tax credit. Why? Because members of the committee and others in the Senate and House are afraid to engage in common sense government — afraid to attack the $11.5 billion budget for 2010 and 2011 from the spending side. The lawmakers have turned to what they see as an easy escape from the budget woes created by runaway spending and overestimations of revenues.”
- Governor Lynch And The Democrats Are “Running Away From Reality”: “The Legislators — and Gov. John Lynch — are running away from reality. Lawmakers are heaping taxes on top of more taxes, while the governor is downshifting the cost of state government by denying cities and towns the aid they have historically received.....
May 31, 2009
- The Democrats’ Budgets Increase Spending Instead Of Cutting It: “Each of these budgets is based upon the Dan Eaton Principle. During the House budget debate, Republicans objected to the leadership's plan to pass a spending bill first, then go for the tax hikes needed to pay for it. They said, reasonably, that the state should budget like families do, by first determining how much money is available, then deciding how to allocate it. House Majority Leader Eaton rebuffed the criticism with an aphorism: ‘It makes sense to know how much you're spending before you decide how much money to raise.’”
- New Hampshire’s Economy Will Be Devastated By The Democrats’ Budgets: “The economy is shrinking, prices are falling, and yet New Hampshire legislators are preparing to take still more money out of the already sputtering economy to pay for the budget they want but cannot afford to fund with existing revenue sources.”
- The Democrats’ Budgets Are Out Of Touch With “Reality”: “It must be nice to be able to budget without having to factor in reality or accountability.”