The New Hampshire Senate
Republican Majority Office
Forrester, Bradley statement on USNH Budget Submission
NH can’t repeat the budget disasters of 2007 and 2009
Concord, NH – Members of the NH Senate Leadership today responded to the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Board of Trustees vote to request a $205 million increase in state aid in the Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget.
Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) said, “Extending the tuition-freeze that we included in the current budget for another two years would provide students and their parents with some financial relief. The current budget increased state aid to the University System without new or increased taxes, relied on conservative revenue estimates, and held spending to a modest three percent increase.”
“I would hope that the University System would work to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of its current operations. Increasing state assistance to the University System and other important budget priorities will require us to craft a responsible budget that New Hampshire taxpayers can afford,” Bradley added.
“We will not return to the reckless budgets of 2007 and 2009, which increased spending by 24%. Those budgets were unbalanced and unsustainable, forcing the Legislature to cut spending and raise taxes to fill deficits, twice, and leaving the next Legislature with an $800 million hole to fill,” Bradley concluded. “We will not bring back those irresponsible budget practices.”
Senate Finance Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) again expressed her concerns that the current operating budget be aggressively managed to remain balanced:
“It is premature to entertain any increased spending requests until we know where we stand on spending in the current budget. We must ensure that all state departments are managing their Fiscal Year 2015 budgets properly,” Forrester said “We encourage the Governor to lead in a bipartisan and transparent way and release that spending data. Working aggressively to keep spending on budget will ensure that we begin the next budget debate without a huge deficit to fill.”