NH House Majority Leader Statement on Ongoing Budget Process

CONCORD – New Hampshire House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) today offered the following statement relative to the ongoing budget process in the House Finance Committee.


House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)


“Since the House Republican budget will be based on current revenue streams only, contain no new taxes,  and will be based on realistic revenue estimates - adopted unanimously by the House Ways & Means committee - the House believes we have less money to spend than the Governor believes we do.”


“These are proposals only. When we compare spending levels, we need to remember that the Governor’s proposal increases total spending by roughly $900 million over our current operating budget. We don't believe that is fiscally responsible.”


“The House budget will likely propose spending slightly more than our current budget, a budget that the Governor signed and proudly took credit for during the last campaign.”


“The problems facing the Department of Transportation are unique and serious, but are not the fault of the current legislature. Actions or inaction by prior legislatures and administrations are the real culprit. Budget shell games and reliance on one-time revenue over the last 10 years have lead us to this situation that the current legislature must now address.”