CONCORD - Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford) offered the following comments in reaction to the adoption of updated revenue estimates by the House Ways & Means committee Democrats that exceeded Senate estimates by nearly $50 million.
House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)
"Throughout this process Republicans have been vigilant in ensuring that any and all revenue estimates used in crafting the budget are realistic and reliable. Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee are in virtual agreement with the Senate revenue estimates and we are hopeful that these realistic estimates are used to build the new budget."
"Honest revenues will help us avoid situations like we faced 2 years ago, where we were left with a massive budget deficit created in part by the Democratic leadership's overzealous projections. I'm confident Republicans on the conference committee will do their best to keep our state on track for fiscal stability."
House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford)
"By assuming nearly $50 million in more revenue, the Democrats on Ways and Means have started down the road they lead us down 4 years ago, leading to a possible large budget deficit at the end of the biennium. House Republican numbers are on par with those of the Senate. Republicans have an excellent track record for accuracy in estimating revenue. We must keep the taxpayers' best interest in mind.”