CONCORD – Today, former New Hampshire Governor and Republican State Committee Chairman John H. Sununu released the following statement on the Democrats’ disastrous budget:


“The Democrats keep trying to shift the blame for their state budget disaster to the GOP. They were able to conceal the Democratic fiscal failure in the past, but this time they can’t hide. The Democratic spend and tax policies are ruining the State of New Hampshire.


“This New Hampshire budget problem is a reflection of budget irresponsibility in the past. The 17% increase in Governor Lynch’s last budget created this crisis, and the Democrats avoided any serious work on the budget until the Committee of Conference last week. Now the governor and legislature have agreed to small budget cuts which really do not make any significant impact on their over-spending. To cover this irresponsibility, they have increased taxes, raised fees, and devastated the communities of the state by short-changing them on money the state owes to the cities and towns. And now they are talking about selling State Parks.


“In order to save the fiscal integrity of the state, Republicans urged going back and reducing the nearly 10% increase across the budget to a 2% or 3% increase across the board, saving 7%. But the Democrats were locked into tax increases that will destroy jobs and our economy.


“Make no mistake about it. This is Governor Lynch’s and the Democrat Legislature’s fiscal failure. They came into power and have created a fiscal nightmare. The only solution is to go back and unwind their irresponsible budget increases.”