NH Sen Forrester calls on Hassan to report on state spending

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Governor starts budget process in the dark, and possibly in the red 

Concord, NH – Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) today issued the following statement as Gov. Hassan instructed departments heads to begin the FY16-17 budget process. 

“It’s been more than a month since we closed the books on Fiscal 2014, but we still don’t know how much money our state agencies spent. That’s unacceptable. I renew my request for the Governor to provide a comprehensive update on state spending by department so that we can know the size of the budget problem we’re facing. Otherwise, we’re starting the next budget process in the dark, and possibly in the red.” 

The Nashua Telegraph reported on June 8th “state agency heads have already told Gov. Maggie Hassan and legislative leaders that they aren’t going to make their target to return $50 million of unspent money to the treasury.” 

Fiscal Year 2014 ended on June 30th

Forrester first requested an update on state spending on July 7th.