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NH Sen Bradley renews call for spending update as HHS goes $100 million over budget 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

How much have the other departments spent?


Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) today renewed the request for Governor Maggie Hassan to supply Fiscal Year 2014 spending figures for all state departments. The Department of Health and Human Services is reporting that it exceeded its FY14 budget by $30.9 million, and is on track to overspend its FY15 budget by $71.2 million. FY14 ended on June 30th, and Senate Finance Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) formally requested an update on department spending on July 7th.


“The potential budget deficit from HHS alone tops $100 million, but New Hampshire is operating in the dark. Revenues came in on target last year, but spending is over budget. We don’t know how much, and that’s irresponsible. Governor Hassan needs to open the state’s books and provide the Legislature and the public with the complete picture. Every day she stalls makes it harder to address the potential budget deficit created by overspending,” Bradley stated.


Spending Watch ‘14


44 Days since the end of Fiscal Year 2014

37 Days since Sen. Forrester requested an update on state spending



NHDP - Chuck Morse Trying to Rewrite History of His Disastrous Budget Decisions 

Concord, NH-- In response to comments made by Senate President Chuck Morse to deflect responsibility for New Hampshire's revenue challenges, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement. 
"Senate President Morse is desperate to hide the fact that the state's current budget challenges are due to revenue changes made in the disastrous O'Brien Tea Party budget that he helped craft in 2011. Voters overwhelmingly rejected the O'Brien and Morse cuts. Their misguided, far-right budget made tax changes that likely caused April's revenue shortfalls, even while our economy continues to strengthen and unemployment continues to fall. And their budget cut health care funding and caused the MET lawsuit that threatens our economy and bond rating. 
"Instead of trying to rewrite history and use this moment as an excuse to push more devastating cuts, Senator Morse should work with Governor Hassan constructively to undo the damage caused by the last legislature, fix our revenue challenges, and protect the budget priorities that are critical to New Hampshire's families and economy."


Concord - New Hampshire State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Governor Hassan's Executive Order directing a freeze in generally funded hiring, equipment, purchasing and out-of-state travel:


"Today, Governor Maggie Hassan demonstrated once again that she is incapable of effectively managing state government. During her first six months in office, Governor Hassan ignored the hiring freeze imposed by Governor Lynch, and granted every single hiring waiver that was requested of her, 187 in total.  Today's decision to issue a new hiring freeze is the height of hypocrisy and a desperate political stunt designed to distract from her reckless management of state finances.  Her grossly ineffective record as Governor is evident, and New Hampshire residents look forward to replacing her with a fiscally responsible Republican this fall."




Governor Hassan Ignored the Spending Precedent Set by Governor John Lynch

"A hiring freeze put in place five years ago by Governor John Lynch is doing little to prevent state agencies from filling their vacant positions, as the Governor's Office has issued 436 waivers so far this Fiscal Year. Governor Maggie Hassan has not denied a single request to waive the hiring freeze in her first six months in office. (New Hampshire, 6/13/2013)



NH House Republican Leader Statement on House Action on SB415 Budget Surplus 

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following statement relative to the House vote on SB415, a bill that would deposit the remaining surplus funds from FY2013 into the Rainy Day fund. Democrats on the Finance committee proposed the bill be sent to interim study. The committee recommendation passed in committee on party lines, 13-10. The committee recommendation of “Refer for Interim Study” passed the full House by a vote of 151-127.


House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)


“What is there to study? In just the last month, we’ve done all of the work an interim study committee could possibly do. Just look at the New Hampshire’s Rainy Day fund balance. It’s just $9.3million, which is not enough to run state government for more than a day and a half. We’ve also seen two major bond rating agencies issue negative credit alerts on the state’s financial outlook citing our low reserve fund balance as a factor in their analysis. What other piece of negative news could we possibly be waiting for?”

“Former State Treasurer Cathy Provencher testified in January that we should strive to have 5%-10% of general fund unrestricted revenue in reserves. Our current balance represents just 0.7% - less than 1% - of general fund unrestricted revenue. Passing SB415 would be a small but important and necessary step in reaching that goal. I’m sorry House Democrats would rather spend the surplus rather than use it to contribute to our financial security.”


NH House Republican Alliance: Statement on SB 308 - More money to HHS 

The House Republican Alliance issued a statement today on the passage of SB 308, a bill that will increase the amount of funding paid to the health services planning and review board.  


"The board already receives $500,000 to operate and keep out competition in health care through the Certificate of Need program.  They are now asking and receiving another $300,000, a 60% increase in their funding because the board does not have the expertise to develop a state plan.  One  must question what the first $500,000 was used for, if not their expertise and now we are lavishing even more money on them?" Stated Rep. Dan McGuire, Epsom." We are potentially facing a $400 million deficit if the MET law is not upheld.  We should be looking for ways to trim our budget and work efficiently, not continually growing spending."