Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on the passage of the House Budget:

"House Republicans deserve credit for crafting a responsible budget that funds core services, lives within our means and doesn't raise taxes on working families. This plan relies on realistic revenue estimates and offers a serious start to the budget process.

"For the second straight budget cycle, Governor Hassan has presented a flawed and unworkable proposal that increases state spending by $1 billion and crushes small businesses with painful tax increases. Hassan continues to prove that she is unable to provide fiscal leadership for our state and incapable of balancing the state budget.

"Without any leadership coming from the corner office, House and Senate Republicans are solely responsible for preserving New Hampshire's fiscal integrity. The plan passed today by House Republicans is a responsible first step toward finalizing a sound budget that will protect our low tax environment from Governor Hassan's reckless agenda."