House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (Salem) says the WMUR/UNH poll backs what Republicans have been saying all along--that people are most concerned about the economy, jobs, and taxes. "What is most encouraging was the majority of those polled see that spending cuts are the best way to balance the budget, rather than new taxes. Republicans were entrusted by the voters of this state to return fiscal sanity to state government. We have been focused on the budget and cutting spending since the final vote was cast last November and these latest poll numbers results support our efforts. We will continue to work in the best interests of our citizens. They are forced to live within a budget, and state government should be no different."
When asked what the most important problem that the state legislature should address, 25% said the state budget, followed by dealing with jobs and the state economy (23%), education funding (7%), taxes (6%), and the quality of education , solving the education funding crisis, and creating more jobs for the people of our state.
"These results fall right in line with the Republican Agenda that we presented last week, which includes, at the top of the list, balancing the state budget," added Rep. Bettencourt. "But we are also focused on fixing the state retirement system, solving the education funding crisis, and creating more jobs for the people of our state."