Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) released the following statement regarding today's decision by a legislative panel to block Governor Lynch's attempt to steal millions of dollars from a private insurance fund for health care providers:
"I am very pleased that legislators chose to uphold the ruling of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and protect this private property. Governor Lynch's attempted unconstitutional raid shows the levels to which he will go to fund his four-year spending spree. I call on Governor Lynch to withdraw his unlawful request."
Background: Today, the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) voted to reject a request from Governor Lynch to take over the private Joint Underwriting Authority (JUA) funds. The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled earlier this year the JUA funds were private funds and out of the reach of state government. Governor Lynch can either amend his request and resubmit it to JLCAR or withdraw it.