Potential Shutdown of Government by the Governor is Irresponsible
Concord, NH - In February, the Governor presented a budget to the Legislature that increased state spending and paid for that excessive spending through an absurd scheme of increased taxes, higher fees, revenues that do not exist and gouging small businesses.
Since that time, the Legislature has worked diligently to craft a realistic budget that takes care of our citizens in need, helps our state’s businesses continue to grow and create jobs, while also making sure that state government lives within its means.
“I am very proud of the work we have done and the budget we have produced,” said Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem). “This budget funds important services for the elderly, mental health programs, substance abuse and homeless programs, transportation services, public safety, education and tourist promotion programs. The Governor tried to cut funding for nursing homes which we restored, and did cut funding for home healthcare agencies. We have worked with the Governor and House every step of the way through this process and found compromises when it came to issues like supporting Charter Schools, the Department of Health and Human Services, and on funding for equipment in DOT; it’s unfortunate that the Governor is putting her political ambitions before the needs of our citizens. Now is not the time for partisan politics. Our citizens expect better than threats of vetoes and shutdown of state services,” said Morse.
“The Governor is touting the need for a balanced budget without gimmicks but she has conveniently forgotten that her previous budgets were built on fantasy revenues from gambling which is illegal in the state,” said Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro). “The collection of budget gimmicks have included bonding for operating expenses, using revenue from the sale of state property which has neve been sold, and inflating revenues to substantiate irresponsible spending. This is a history of using serial budget gimmicks that build budgets on quicksand,” said Bradley.
“Our plan for a successful small business climate for New Hampshire means lowering business taxes, not increasing them like Governor’s budget, which would have established a $40 million income tax on business owners. Business owners across the state support our business tax reductions and we know it will encourage job growth and a stronger New Hampshire economy,” said Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith).
“If the Governor thinks a balanced budget means more taxes, and hurting small businesses, then she was successful,” said Forrester.
“We have made it very clear to the Governor that we fully intend to take up Medicaid Expansion reauthorization in January when we have more data available about how the program is working. The Governor and the Democrats agreed to this review when the bill was signed into law. To now fabricate this faux emergency and mislead people that are depending on the program into thinking they are going to lose their healthcare is not only irresponsible but dangerous. This is not leadership,” Bradley added.