Josiah Bartlett Center - Fanciful Fiction of Fiscal Fracture


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Fanciful Fiction of Fiscal Fracture

Fissures over fiscal policy are fed by fanciful fictions that threaten the focus needed to fix the state’s financial budget. Political statements mislead you and indefensible charges are designed to distract you from a simple but philosophical disagreement.

The governor of one party vetoed a budget passed by a legislature controlled by the other political party. Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan wanted to spend more money particularly on social programs and the university system. The Republican legislature would spend less money and phase in a reduction to our high state business taxes.
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Why Budget Debates of Today are Much Friendlier Than They Used to Be

Today’s politics are a model of civility and decorum compared to the budget debates of the recent past. The remarkably mild name calling associated with the current governor’s veto of the budget pales in comparison to the rancor and high drama of budget debates just a few decades ago.

People obsessed with today bereft of any memory of yesterday are fond of pretending that partisan rancor is worse today than it has ever been. We are routinely told that politicians today are angrier and less civil than just a few years ago. In fact, the opposite is true.” 
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Missed Charlie on Ken Cail's Show this week? Listen Here!

Charlie Arlinghaus and Ken Cail discuss the budget showdown at the State House, the consequences of the Governor's budget veto, and how next year's Senate race is looming over the debate. Click here to listen.