Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement in response to comments made today by Governor Maggie Hassan about her failed fiscal leadership. In an interview with the Portsmouth Herald, Hassan indicated that she would step back from the budget process and let the House and Senate work on the budget without her without her guidance.


"The fact that the Democrat-controlled House rejected the irresponsible Hassan budget proposal doesn't mean that the governor should remove herself from the budget process. The people of New Hampshire elected Maggie Hassan to be an executive, not to sit on the sidelines and refuse to provide the fiscal leadership that they expect from their governor. Governor Hassan was foolish to base her proposal on an illegal revenue scheme, and she should have developed a "Plan B" to balance our books months ago. 


"Governor Hassan needs to stop blaming others for her own incompetence, mismanagement and inability to pass her reckless proposal through a legislative body controlled by her own party. She needs to immediately outline a new plan and work with the legislature to pass a responsible budget that controls spending and doesn't raise taxes."