Concord, NH – Today, Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon released the following statement regarding the Belknap Superior Court ruling that Governor Lynch's plan to seize $110 million dollars from the private Joint Underwriting Association (JUA) to balance the budget was unconstitutional.
"Senate Republicans applaud the Court's ruling to prevent the unconstitutional raid on private funds.
"Responsible leadership would have held the line on spending, just as New Hampshire families are doing with their own budgets. Instead Governor Lynch and the Democrat-controlled legislature raised total spending by $1 billion. If tough but necessary spending cuts were made, there would have been no need to try to steal money from a private organization.
"I once again call on Governor Lynch and the Democratic Leadership to immediately bring the legislature back into session to deal with this $110 million hole in the state budget. Delaying this process through appeals will only exacerbate disastrous fiscal problems facing the State of New Hampshire.”