"The latest dishonest ad from Karl Rove's dark money group makes one thing clear: Rove and his special interest donors are terrified about Kelly Ayotte losing. And they should be," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.
"Ayotte is polling significantly below 50% because she's proven time and again that she's more focused on raising her national profile than looking out for the people and businesses of New Hampshire," added Buckley.
"No matter how many false ads Washington Republicans run, they won't be able to distract from the fact that Ayotte puts her own political ambition first no matter the cost. Just ask the first responders who may still face a shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security because Ayotte held funding for the agency hostage for weeks to appease her Tea Party base,” concluded Buckley.
See below for a complete fact check of Karl Rove’s false ad:
Crossroads: “When money’s tight, we set priorities. Governor Hassan’s budget made her priorities clear: more spending, higher taxes, and no real innovation. A disappointment.”
Fact: Governor Hassan’s budget makes the difficult, fiscally responsible decisions needed to balance the budget – without an income or sales tax – while investing in the priorities necessary to seize our full economic potential. The Governor’s fiscally responsible budget cut total agency budget requests by more than $1 billion and general funds requests by more than $523 million, and budgets many state agencies at or below FY 2015 levels.
The Governor’s budget keeps total spending increases to 6.4 percent over two years – far below historic averages – and allows New Hampshire to continue to make progress on key priorities. Adjusted for inflation, the 2016 general and education trust fund budget is at least $250 million less than the state spent in 2004.
The budget also draws on recommendations of the Governor’s Innovation Commission including increasing flexibility for state managers, expanding the state’s efforts to centralize key services, consolidating some function areas, and hiring a Chief Operating Officer – like at least five Republican governors have done – who will focus on driving efficiency.
Crossroads: “Hassan’s budget would even add a tax that hits lower income people hardest.”
Fact: Cigarette taxes have proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent youth smoking. The Governor’s budget proposes raising the cigarette tax by 21 cents, which would still keep New Hampshire’s cigarette tax below our surrounding states.
Crossroads: “And sizable increases in business taxes that could hurt jobs.”
Fact: What the Governor’s budget actually does is increases a business tax exemption and makes sure that all families and businesses are playing by the same rules – rules that simply say they have a reasonable basis for claiming the tax deduction. The same rules existed until two years ago and exist for every other tax deduction across the nation.
Crossroads: “Worse, Hassan’s budget bets on a risky Keno gambling scheme to pay for more spending.”
Fact: Six of the ten most lucrative Keno locations in Massachusetts are located within five miles of the New Hampshire border. Allowing Keno and self-service lottery terminals machines would help bring that revenue back to New Hampshire to invest in our priorities.
The revenue changes included in the Governor’s budget will not diminish New Hampshire’s standing as having one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation.
Crossroads: “Tell your legislators Governor Hassan’s budget sets the wrong priorities for New Hampshire.”
Fact: Karl Rove and his out-of-state, dark money donors should stop trying to lecture Granite Staters on the right priorities for New Hampshire.