Senate and House Republicans Discuss State Budget with Voters

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Roundtable events in Franklin and Manchester focus on nuts and bolts of the spending plan

Manchester, NH – Senate and House budget writers today met with residents of Franklin and Manchester in roundtable style events to discuss the details of the state’s budget.

Facilitated by Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) and featuring Senate budget writers Chuck Morse (R-Salem) and Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith), as well as House Finance Committee members Ken Weyler (R-Kingston) and Lynn Ober (R-Hudson), the events were an opportunity for legislators to tout the budget’s successes while taking questions from an audience of local residents and area business owners.

The lawmakers noted the final budget was “very similar” to the budget recommended by the Senate Finance Committee.  The budget did not include tax or fee increases and restrained growth to a modest three percent over the next two years.

“We knew this budget would be difficult to build,” said Sen. Morse, “though the economy has shown some signs of improvement, we knew it was not time to count on unrealistic new sources of revenue from tax increases or a booming economy.  At the same time, we heard from the voters that we needed to invest in some important areas, which is why you saw the Senate budget increase funding to the University and Community College Systems by $100 million, and increase support to critical safety net programs like CHINS and others in the Department of Health and Human Services.”

Today’s events were hosted by Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.  Similar roundtable events are being developed for other areas of the state over the next several months.