Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Governor Hassan's historic flip-flop on her state budget veto:
"After throwing the whole budget process into chaos by refusing to work across the aisle to solve a problem she created, Governor Hassan's historic flip-flop on her veto shows this was nothing more than a political stunt at the expense of New Hampshire families.
"Governor Hassan has spent the last three months fear-mongering, claiming this budget would destabilize the economy and underfund critical priorities. She even claimed that the tax cuts in this budget would 'punch a hole' in New Hampshire's economy. While we've always known these charges against the budget to be untrue, the governor's flip-flop shows that at best she has been disingenuous about the reasons for her veto, and at worst, she flat out lied to cover her politically-motivated stunt.
"Voters across the state should take note that Governor Hassan is bringing Washington-style politics, gridlock and partisanship to Concord, rather than working across the aisle to do what's best for New Hampshire."
NHPR: "Corporate Tax Cuts That Will Blow A Significant Hole In This Budget, And Budgets Well Into The Future" "They are pushing through corporate tax cuts that will blow a significant hole in this budget, and budgets well into the future, and only 1 percent of corporations, many of which are large out of state corporations, would receive more than 75 percent of the benefits," Hassan said." (Josh Rogers, "Compromise Seems Far Off in State Budget Impasse," New Hampshire Public Radio, 6/18/15)
WMUR: "Cuts In Corporate Taxes For Out-Of-State Businesses Is The Devil In This Deal" "Hassan said cuts in corporate taxes for out-of-state businesses is the devil in this deal, resulting in a $90 million imbalance that would leave heroin treatment unchecked, Medicaid expansion uncertain and worst-case come winter, state roads unplowed." (Josh McElveen, "Hassan: Proposed state budget 'sets us up to fail,'" WMUR, 6/22/15)
Office Of The Governor: "Unbalanced... At The Expense Of Critical Economic Priorities" "The Republican budget is unbalanced, dishonest about what it funds, and includes unpaid-for corporate tax cuts that create a more than $90 million budget hole in future budgets at the expense of critical economic priorities, and I will veto it when it comes to my desk." (Office of Governor Hassan Press Release, 6/24/15)
Union Leader: "'I Have Vetoed The Budget Passed By The Legislature Because It Is Unbalanced... Create A More Than $90 Million Hole In Future Budgets'" "I have vetoed the budget passed by the legislature because it is unbalanced, makes false promises about what it funds, and gives unpaid-for tax giveaways to big corporations, many based out-of-state, at the expense of critical economic priorities, including higher education, health care, public safety and transportation," Hassan said in her veto message. "The long-term impact of these unpaid-for corporate tax cuts will create a more than $90 million hole in future budgets, further eroding our ability to encourage economic growth." (Garry Rayno, "Gov. Hassan vetoes budget package," Union Leader, 6/25/15)