The New Hampshire Senate
Republican Majority Office
Agencies asking for 18% increase in next budget
Concord, NH – Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) today rejected the Hassan Administration’s request for a $1.9 billion budget increase, even as the Governor is calling on agencies to cut their current year spending. According to the Department of Administrative Services, state agencies are asking for more than $12.5 billion in the Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget, up 18% from the current budget.
“New Hampshire taxpayers can’t afford an 18% jump in the cost of state government. Governor Hassan has failed to provide leadership to our state departments on the fiscal challenges we face, and as a result, these requests are completely unrealistic and irresponsible,” Forrester stated. “We’re already dealing with the Governor's spending problem in this budget and yet the Hassan Administration is acting like magically there will be more money to spend in the future. We should be looking for ways to make government more efficient and reduce costs rather than growing the bureaucracy and passing the cost onto the taxpayers.”
State departments were required to submit budget requests for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 by October 1st. According to the Department of Administrative Services, departments asked for $12.5 billion in spending, an 18% increase over the current FY14-15 budget authorization. Departments are also asking to fund 357 new positions, even as Governor Hassan has instituted a hiring freeze to address her current budget shortfall. Across all departments, the budget hike would cost $1.9 billion over the next two years.
“It’s time for the Hassan Administration to get serious about controlling state spending. It is irresponsible to expect New Hampshire taxpayers to pick up the cost of her failure to lead,” Forrester concluded.
Attached: FY16-17 Agency Requests
Source: DAS Budget Office