NH GOP - JOHN LYNCH VS. MAGGIE HASSAN ON RECKLESS BUDGET VETO

"While we had many disagreements with Governor Lynch, he realized that vetoing the state budget would 'create chaos in state government' and generate 'serious repercussions' for our state. Governor Hassan is putting her political ambitions before New Hampshire's best interests by threatening a reckless veto that could put critical state services at risk. It is time for the governor to end her partisan attacks, follow the example set by Governor Lynch, and stop playing politics with New Hampshire's fiscal integrity." - Jennifer Horn

 

In June 2011, Governor John Lynch Let Budget Bill Pass Without His Signature

Lynch Said A Veto Would, "Create Chaos In State Government." "However, a veto, which would likely be overridden by the GOP, had the potential to create what Lynch called 'chaos in state government,' in the ensuing partisan battle." (Tom Fahey, "Lynch To Allow Budget To Become Law Without His Signature," New Hampshire Union Leader6/24/2011)

  • Lynch Refused To Veto The Budget Because Of The Risk Of A Government Shutdown. "If a stalemate developed over a veto, Lynch said, residents would face a possible shutdown of state government, with disruptions to parks and essential business such as driver's license renewals and road repairs." (Tom Fahey, "Lynch To Allow Budget To Become Law Without His Signature," New Hampshire Union Leader6/24/2011) 
     
  • Lynch Also Worried About The Impact A Shutdown Would Have On The State's Credit Rating And State Employees. LYNCH: "There could be serious repercussions to the people of our great state if there is no budget in place on July 1: vital services could be unavailable to our citizens, including everything from driver's license renewal services, permitting required for businesses and critical road repairs. Also, state parks could be closed for the Fourth of July, employees and private contractors wouldn't get paid and our state credit rating could be impacted." (Gov. John Lynch, "Governor Will Let Budget Bills Become Law Without His Signature," Press Release, 6/24/2011)

  • Lynch Conceded A Veto Would Not Lead To A Better Budget. LYNCH: "Given the legislature's rejection of proposed remedies to the problems in the budget, it is clear that a veto would not lead to a better budget." (Gov. John Lynch, "Governor Will Let Budget Bills Become Law Without His Signature," Press Release, 6/24/2011)

  • The New Hampshire Legislature Supported Governor Lynch's Decision. "Speaker of the House William O'Brien said, 'it is great news for New Hampshire that Gov. Lynch realizes the importance of having a budget that lives within our means and delivers tax cuts that will grow our economy.' Senate President Peter Bragdon said Lynch's decision is 'good news for New Hampshire taxpayers. Our spending plan for the next two years is balanced, lives within our means and does not raise taxes or fees.' House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, R-Salem, said, 'While the governor will certainly not be awarded any profiles in courage by not signing this budget, we are glad that he decided not to stand in the way.'" (Tom Fahey, "Lynch To Allow Budget To Become Law Without His Signature," New Hampshire Union Leader,6/24/2011)

In June 2015, Governor Maggie Hassan Announced Her Intent To Veto Budget Bill

Hassan Vowed To Veto The State Budget Because Of "Unfunded Tax Cuts For Big Corporations." "Because this budget is unbalanced, dishonest about what it funds, and includes unpaid-for business tax cuts that create a more than $90 million budget hole at the expense of critical economic priorities, I will veto it if it comes to my desk as it is." (Gov. Maggie Hassan, "Republican Budget Is Fiscally Irresponsible and Unbalanced, Will Veto If Comes to Desk As It Is," Press Release, 6/18/15)

 

The Associated Press Headline: "Hassan Takes Strong Stand Against Business Tax Cuts." (Kathleen Ronayne, "Hassan Takes Strong Stand Against Business Tax Cuts," The Associated Press, 6/18/15)

 

Hassan's Veto Threat "Was A Departure From Her Traditional Approach Of Portraying Herself As Bipartisan..."

 

Hassan's Budget Veto Threat "Was A Departure From Her Traditional Approach Of Portraying Herself As Bipartisan, Willing To Work Across The Proverbial Aisle To Reach Compromise."  "But for months, the 'betting' had been that Hassan will not run for re-election and instead take on Ayotte. That has changed in recent weeks, and particularly during the past week, with many Democrats and Republicans, including some Democrats in key positions, now getting the impression that the governor will run for re-election. That belief has been further fueled by the budget battle raging at the State House. Hassan's veto threat, issued on Wednesday night, was a departure from her traditional approach of portraying herself as bipartisan, willing to work across the proverbial aisle to reach compromise -- a theme she would be likely to promote if she were to run for the U.S. Senate. This week, she dug in on the spending plan. Critics say she went uncharacteristically partisan, while supporters say she simply is refusing to bend on key specific budget items." (John DiStaso, "Analysis: Is Hassan Now Leaning Against US Senate Run?," WMUR, 6/19/15)

 

Hassan's Potential Veto Of The State Budget Could Harm Health And Social Service Programs

Social Services Advocates Are Worried That Hassan's Veto Would Harm Their Programs. "But the advocates fear a veto could jeopardize those small advances. They are worried about the uncertainty a veto would create. 'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

  • "Without A Set Spending Plan In Place, Many Health And Social Service Providers Won't Know How Much Money They Get Or Whether Their Programs Could Again Be On The Chopping Block." "The current state budget expires June 30. Without a set spending plan in place, many health and social service providers won't know how much money they get or whether their programs could again be on the chopping block. 'The uncertainty that it creates is the biggest problem,' said Jeff Dickinson, Advocacy Director for Granite State Independent Living." (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

Gina Balkus, An Advocate For Home Health Agencies Said, "This Is Really, From Our Perspective, The Best Budget We've Seen In Years." "But the advocates fear a veto could jeopardize those small advances. They are worried about the uncertainty a veto would create. 'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

  • Balkus: "We Hope Our Needs Don't Get Lost In The Political Fray That Results From A Veto." "But the advocates fear a veto could jeopardize those small advances. They are worried about the uncertainty a veto would create. 'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)