See coverage roundup below:
Eagle Tribune: “Hassan seeks more socially responsible budget”
… The cuts engineered by the House Finance Committee would devastate the economy, health care, infrastructure and the New Hampshire way of life, Hassan said. Even the plowing and sanding of roads would be affected, she said.
So, the governor hit the road to get her message across that the House budget is insufficient and intolerable. Her stops included Department of Transportation Patrol Shed 213 in Sunapee, which fears losing more employees if the cuts are enacted.
Hassan continued her speaking tour Tuesday, speaking to The Eagle-Tribune editorial board in Derry.
"Right now, I'm very concerned," she said. "The budget they passed was irresponsible on any number of levels."
Hassan said she's eager to work with the Senate to come up with a final budget plan that would best serve New Hampshire residents — without sacrificing crucial needs and social service programs.
"I encourage both parties of the Senate to build on the bipartisanship of the last budget," Hassan said. [Full article]
Union Leader: “Diverse coalition urges no cuts in business taxes”
Groups opposing business tax cuts, one of the Senate’s top priorities, say the rate reductions will mean the state will be ill-equipped to meets the needs of citizens, transportation infrastructure and workforce development.
At a news conference Tuesday, representatives of small business, nonprofits, educators and religious organizations said the cuts will benefit large, multi-national corporations but hurt the state’s economy because needed investments will not be made.
About 40 members of the group, including 18 small businesses, sent Gov. Maggie Hassan a letter expressing concern about the business tax cuts and asking her to veto the budget or any other bills that would reduce the tax rates.
… “I calculated how much these proposals would save my company when they are fully implemented, and it came to less than $150 per year,” said Tom Strickland, president and co-founder of Sequoya Technologies Group, a small IT company with eight employees. “$150 out of a million dollar budget isn’t going to influence my business decisions. I won’t be hiring new employees or buying new equipment as a result of this tax cut.”
He noted 93 percent of the state’s businesses are the same size as his company or smaller.
Strickland said he moved his family to New Hampshire 18 years ago attracted by the state’s quality of life. He said the state should invest in high-quality schools, well-maintained roads, and high-speed broadband internet, which will benefit all businesses. [Full article]