Concord, N.H. – Republican Speaker Shawn Jasper today admitted that he’s just representing the extreme members of his caucus, not the priorities of New Hampshire’s middle class families and small businesses.
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… "I'm here to work with my Republican caucus and they've sent a very clear message to me about what they expect and what is acceptable to them in the budget," Republican House Speaker Shawn Jasper said. "The governor is looking to do things that are counter to our agenda (and) counter to our beliefs."
… "I will be working every day for as long as it takes to get a fiscally responsible, balanced budget that addresses critical priorities for the people of New Hampshire," Hassan said. "The budget that is before us right now is a budget that really undermines our economic future."
… A rate reduction for the business enterprise and profits taxes — two of the largest drivers of state revenue — remains the top point of dispute between the two parties. Republicans estimate the cuts will mean $21 million less in revenue in the next budget. The rates would continue to go down in future budgets, and Hassan says that would create an increasing funding hole for years.
"We're not going to be able to address the priorities that are critical to the future of our state," Hassan said.