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No Difference Between Budget Hassan Demonized And Final Budget She Praised
"After caving on the budget and begging the Legislature to override her disastrous veto, it's clear that Governor Hassan wasn't sincere in her objections and was only looking for shameless political gain. The final budget is nearly identical to the version she demonized for months, proving the governor cares more about pursuing extreme political stunts at the expense of Granite Staters than doing what's right for New Hampshire." - NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn
Please see excerpts from Charlie Arlinghaus' column in today's Union Leaderbelow:
"Averting grave danger by doing nothing"
September 23, 2015
Remember the irresponsible budget that was so unbalanced that the governor felt she had no choice but to veto it? The business tax cuts were called irresponsible and a threat to our future. They could only go forward if balanced by about $100 million of tax increases. And the rest of the budget was a disaster that ignored critical priorities in at least five different areas, would "present a danger to our state's future" and was "unbalanced, dishonest about what it funds."
Obviously the Republican Legislature disagreed with the Democratic governor about her strong rhetoric. But compromise seemed impossible. It also turned out to be unnecessary. The final so-called budget deal included almost no changes of any significance.
The final deal is essentially the legislative budget that was vetoed. The supposedly catastrophic tax cuts are not just included but accelerated. If the last budget was "dishonest about what it funds" - and of course it just plain wasn't - no changes whatsoever were made to what it funds and how it funds them. If the vetoed budget was a danger to the future, so is this because the non-compromise doesn't change how it funds substance abuse, higher education or anything else.
If the old cuts are ridiculous, dangerous and unpaid for, how is this less so? The simple truth is that no one believed the old modest cut was dangerous, even the politicians writing those words. This budget battle was really only about words that had no meaning to their author.
And that's all that happened. The executive branch ceded back to the Legislature some of its traditional authority in exchange for the pre-negotiated pay raise. The supposedly horrible business tax cuts are still there; there are no changes to spending, and whatever might have been "dishonest" - other than the dishonest charge of dishonesty - remains.
So why did we waste three months of our policy life on nothing? I don't know, and frankly I don't think they do either.
The grave "danger to the state's future" has been magically averted by doing absolutely nothing. Thank goodness I wasn't paying attention.
- "The Fact That The Majority Of Our N.H. Leadership Came Out Prior To The Convention To Endorse Hillary Made This, For Me, A Very Awkward Experience" "The fact that the majority of our N.H. leadership came out prior to the convention to endorse Hillary made this, for me, a very awkward experience since I am a Bernie Sanders supporter." (Susan Hocking, "At convention, the feel of a foregone conclusion," Keene Sentinel, 9/22/15)
- "Debbie Wasserman Schultz...Didn't Really Address The Issue. Not Listening To The Voters May Be A Big Mistake" "Debbie Wasserman Schultz acknowledge the audience yelling for more debates but didn't really address the issue. Not listening to the voters may be a big mistake for the establishment." (Susan Hocking, "At convention, the feel of a foregone conclusion," Keene Sentinel, 9/22/15)
- "Hillary...Is Being Handed To Us On A Silver Platter. I'd Rather Eat In The Cafeteria Where I Can Chose" "Hillary may not have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth but she is being handed to us on a silver platter. I'd rather eat in the cafeteria where I can chose for myself who and what I want in a leader." (Susan Hocking, "At convention, the feel of a foregone conclusion," Keene Sentinel, 9/22/15)
- "All The Seats At The Front Had Been Reserved For Hillary Supporters...All The People Standing On The Side, The Majority Of Whom Were Holding Bernie Signs, Were Asked To Move To The Rear...So As Not To Ruffle Hillary's Feathers" "...I was informed by a Clinton supporter who had gotten there early that apparently all the seats at the front had been reserved for Hillary supporters...When Hillary came up to speak, all the people standing on the side, the majority of whom were holding Bernie signs, were asked to move to the rear of the seating area, presumably so as not to ruffle Hillary's feathers." (Jan Stevens, "Letter: Convention Putsch," Concord Monitor, 9/23/15)
- "If This Putsch Is Typical Of The Tactics That Clinton Intends To Use Throughout The Campaign, It Is Not Surprising That Sanders Has A 22-Point Lead In The New Hampshire" "If this putsch is typical of the tactics that Clinton intends to use throughout the campaign, it is not surprising that Sanders has a 22-point lead in the New Hampshire polls. People are sick of politics as usual."(Jan Stevens, "Letter: Convention Putsch," Concord Monitor, 9/23/15)
- "Dissent And, I Dare Say ... Mutiny!" "Accept the DNC's adamant adherence to a schedule of six sanctioned debates, and worse, threats to bar any candidate who participates in an unsanctioned debate from participation in the remaining sanctioned debates? Dissent and, I dare say ... mutiny!" (Greg Tuveson, "Give Us More Democratic Debates," Foster's Daily Democrat, 9/22/15)
- "As A Party, We Need, Want And Deserve More Debates, And She Is Refusing To Acknowledge That." (Greg Tuveson, "Give Us More Democratic Debates," Foster's Daily Democrat, 9/22/15)
CONCORD, N.H. - Following attacks from New Hampshire GOP, NHDP Chair Raymond Buckley made the following statement:
"While the GOP tries to distract from their disastrous field of presidential candidates who continue to make outrageous and offensive comments, repeat their opposition to the minimum wage, tout their records of cutting funding for women's health services, and support failed trickle-down policies that help the wealthiest few, Democrats continue to focus on the issues that really matter to Granite Staters - expanding opportunity for the middle class."