(CONCORD) The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, New Hampshire's free-market think tank, will host an open Budget 101 session for state lawmakers on Thursday, January 27th from 10am to 1pm in the State House chambers in Concord. The session, held with the cooperation of House and Senate leadership, will provide an in-depth tutorial for Representatives and Senators on the New Hampshire budget, including the complex and misunderstood topics of state debt, the Capital Budget, the Retirement System, and the Ten Year Highway Plan.
Josiah Bartlett Center President Charlie Arlinghaus says the Budget 101 session fits perfectly with the Center's mission to provide good information to policy makers and the public.
"Balancing the budget this year will be one of the toughest challenges this Legislature has ever faced," Arlinghaus stated. "This Budget 101 session will give both new and returning lawmakers a better understanding of the forces driving the state budget, and the tough choices they must make."
Session 1: The New Hampshire Budget-The General Fund and Beyond
Charlie Arlinghaus, President, Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy
Session 2: Mortgaging the Future- Borrowing, Debt Service, and Bond Ratings
Grant Bosse, Lead Investigator, Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy
Session 3: Moving New Hampshire- Highways, Turnpikes, and The Ten Year Plan
Hon. David Campbell (D-Nashua), Public Works and Highways Committee
Session 4: The Next Crisis- Reforming the New Hampshire Retirement System
Hon. Ken Hawkins (R-Bedford), Special Committee on Public Employee Pensions Reform
The Budget 101 session will include in-depth tutorials about the sources of state revenues and expenditures, state debt and the Capital Budget, the Ten Year Highway Plan, and the New Hampshire Retirement System. The Budget 101 session will take place from 10am to 1pm on Thursday, January 27th at the State House chambers in Concord. It is free and open to the public.