Chalk this up to Murphy’s Law. We made hotel reservations months ago for a little end-of-school-year family vacation that ended up coinciding with one the biggest votes in the NH House. In addition to the vote on the state budget, there were several votes taken to override some of Governor Lynch’s recent vetoes.
I regret not being there on the floor of the House for these votes, but am happy with how things turned out. A big thank you to my Republican colleagues for sticking together and making these principled decisions.
There had been talk of some Republican reps voting NO on the budget to show their disapproval of the final version, which rolled back some of the tax breaks and spending cuts we passed in the original versions of HB1 and HB2. I was glad to see that the budget was passed with the veto-proof margin of 270-108.
CONCORD – The Senate and House agreed to a new two-year budget plan Wednesday, passing the $10.2 billion spending plan easily along party lines.
The budget will cut the spending of state funds by 11 percent compared to the last two years, for a total of $4.4 billion between July 1 and June 30, 2013.
The legislative plan is $500 million less than Gov. John Lynch proposed in total spending, and $300 million less that he wanted to spend in state funds.
Naturally, the Democrats are not happy with this budget that cuts spending, and starts to roll back the work they did to increase the size and scope of state government, as well the tax burden of New Hampshire businesses and residents.
Steve over at Granite Grok does a pretty good job summing up the reasons why this budget isn’t making us any friends on the left side of the fence.
It was written based on revenue we figured we’d actually have a shot at making, not money we imagined we had to make to cover excessive spending we could never hope to afford. There is no laundry list of increased taxes and fees in it during a recession. It does not rely on one time federal money. No one is using last minute debt to pay for spending we cannot afford, so we can pretend the budget is balanced. There is a concerted effort live within our means. No future land sales estimates based on property no one has identified, at prices we could only guess at, are being documented as a “done deal” to hide a 60 million dollar hole in the “balanced budget.”
Steve forgot to mention that our budget didn’t rely on the unlawful confiscation of private funds to make the numbers add up.
I fully support this budget in its final form. Before the election, I made it clear that it would be a near impossibility to close the $600-$800 million budget gap that was given to us in one go ’round, and that it would be disingenuous to make such a promise to the People. This budget is a responsible first step along that path.
This budget debate really defines the choices that the voters of New Hampshire will face when they go into the voting booth in November 2012. The Democrats in New Hampshire have solidified their position as the party of high taxes, reckless borrowing and spending, and an unwavering devotion to their financiers in organized labor.
Up next: The recent GOP veto overrides.