NH Sen Forrester- "We can't afford to wait another month"

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Governor Hassan won’t share spending data until September 30th.


Concord, NH – Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) today issued the following response to Governor Maggie Hassan’s decision to wait until the end of September to release Fiscal Year 2014 spending data for New Hampshire departments.


“We can’t afford to wait another month to know how a big a budget problem we’re facing. The Governor signaled in May that state departments would not be able to meet their budget targets. The Department of Health and Human Services’ latest report show the gap topping $100 million at the end of this fiscal year. If departments managed to stay within their budgets, that would be great, but we need to know. If they overspent their budgets, we need to know so that we can take every necessary step to protect New Hampshire taxpayers and our state’s fiscal integrity. If Governor Hassan were truly interested in working in a bipartisan manner, she would be transparent with the state’s budget data.”


The latest Department of Health and Human Services dashboard shows DHHS exceeding its spending authority by as much as $100 million in FY14-15. Hassan first warned that departments would exceed their FY14 budgets back in May, but now indicates that she won’t share updated spending data with the Legislature until September 30th. The Union Leader this morning declared the “NH budget is in a shambles”.


Spending Watch ‘14


45 Days since the end of Fiscal Year 2014


38 Days since Forrester requested a department spending update