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Morse, Hinch Opposed to Increased Taxes and Irresponsible Budget Spending

Concord, NH – Today the New Hampshire House and Senate Finance Committee of Conference voted to support a budget that increases spending by more than 13%, increases business taxes and creates a structural deficit. The budget will go to the House and Senate floors next week for an up or down vote. Senate Republican Leader Chuck Morse (R-Salem) and House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statements:

“I will proudly support Governor Sununu when he vetoes this budget which squanders the revenue surplus from the Republican budget, raises taxes and contains a $93 million structural deficit,” said Senate Republican Leader Chuck Morse (R-Salem). “The budget being proposed increases business taxes, threatening an economy with the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation and the highest per capita income. The spending decisions in other parts of the budget make the increase in education funding unsustainable and will only lead to an income tax or capital gains tax. Promises that have been made by Concord Democrats in this budget cannot be kept and I look forward to supporting Governor Sununu’s veto.”

“This budget contains truly unsustainable spending levels and creates a budget deficit situation that sets us up for a future income tax,” said House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack). “Democrats have already shown this year that they are willing and able to pass an income tax or capital gains tax. Even if those aren’t in this document, they’ve laid the groundwork for it through this fiscal irresponsibility. If you like the idea of an income tax, you’ll love this budget.”

“This budget contains a complete reversal of the promises we made to businesses and job creators on taxes. Republicans just can’t support raising taxes when our continued economic success hinges upon our competitiveness to retain jobs and foster growth here. We made a promise to job creators 2 years ago, and they expect us to follow through. You can’t create a thriving economy by squeezing more dollars out of the people who are creating jobs and growth.”

“This budget is unbalanced and built on inflated revenues that will lead us into structural deficits in the short term. It spends one-time revenue on the growth of government, which will hurt us now and in future budgets. It’s time for Democrats to wake up and put forward a budget that does not set us up to fail. When the Governor vetoes this budget House Republicans will stand together to support his veto.”

House Republicans Oppose Democrat Budget, Will Support Veto

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement at the conclusion of Wednesday’s budget bill committee of conference meeting.

“You may hear Democrats championing this budget as some sort of breakthrough, but let me tell you, it is rife with policy and gimmicks that put New Hampshire on a path to insolvency,” Hinch said. “Republicans just can’t support raising taxes on businesses at a time when our continued economic success hinges upon our competitiveness to retain jobs here. We made a promise to job creators 2 years ago, and they expect us to follow through.”

“Governor Sununu gave Democrats a roadmap to compromise, and their GPS lead them down the same road of overtaxing and record spending. This budget is unbalanced and built on inflated revenues that will lead us into structural deficits in the short term. It spends one time revenue on the growth of government, which will hurt us now and in future budgets. They’ve even introduced significant policy changes into the budget without a proper public hearing. This appears to be a partisan hack job of a budget, and it’s just not going to work. House Republicans will stand united to support a veto from the Governor.”

House Republicans React to House Requesting Committee of Conference on Budget Bills

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement after reviewing the online bill dockets for HB1 and HB2, bills relating to the state budget, which show that the House had non-concurred and requested a committee of conference, and that zero Republicans were appointed to the conference committees.

“We hear a lot about bipartisanship in the State House, and it is unfortunate that Democrats in the House have chosen to exclude Republicans and the people they represent from the committee of conference process on the budget. During each of the last two budget processes in the House under Republican majorities, we extended an opportunity to the minority party, and they had a seat at the table, even if they don’t end up supporting the final product. This time, with Democrats in control, Republicans appear to not even have a member as an alternate, and are excluded from the conference committee entirely,” Hinch said. “It’s sad that we had to discover this online, and we did not have the courtesy of an email or meeting to discuss their reasoning. It is also disappointing they chose to move forward on this while the House is in recess, rather than let members vote on the motion. To me, this demonstrates they have no interest in getting any Republican votes or input on the committee of conference report.”

Background:
In 2015, Rep. Wallner (D-Concord) was appointed as a member of the committees of conference on HB1 and HB2, with Reps. Eaton (D-Stoddard) and Leishman (D-Peterborough) as alternates.

In 2017, Rep. Wallner (D-Concord) was appointed as a member of the committees of conference on HB517 and HB144, with Reps. Eaton (D-Stoddard) and Leishman (D-Peterborough), Almy (D-Lebanon), and Rosenwald (D-Nashua) as alternates.

None of these Democrat conferees or alternates had supported the House version of the budget bills in prior votes in the House.

House Republican Leader Reacts to Senate Democrat Budget

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement in reaction to the Senate vote to approve their state budget proposal in HB1 and HB2.

“Granite Staters are waking up to yet another Democrat budget proposal that overspends, increases taxes and fees, raids dedicated funds, and creates a budget deficit. Just like in the movie Groundhog Day, we keep on having to relive this bad dream. Whether it is the House Democrat budget earlier this year, or the disastrous Democrat budget from 2009, they just keep repeating the same bad policies. This is the Groundhog Day budget, and will put our state in the hole.”

“House Republicans weren’t shy in their opposition to the outrageous tax and spending increases included in the House Democrat budget in April, and I can’t say we’re that impressed with how Senate Democrats have come at those major points either. A tax is a tax, and the Senate Democrats have simply replaced the House Democrats’ money grabbing proposals with their own. Republicans won’t budge in our opposition to any budget that contains an income tax or provisions that jeopardize our economic growth. With business tax revenue currently $187 million above expectations, and contributing to a healthy surplus, we shouldn’t be asking our job creators for more and more money.”

House Republican Leader Pleased Legislature Moving Forward With Wayfair Solution

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch issued a statement following the House vote on SB242, requiring notice and approval of certain actions to commence audits of collection liabilities arising under certain sales and use tax statutes and prohibiting New Hampshire remote sellers from disclosing private customer information to foreign taxing authorities in connection with the collection of certain sales and use taxes. The House voted 308-25 to pass the bill.

“This bill is the product of a year of research and collaboration between the legislature and executive branch to find a streamlined solution to protect New Hampshire businesses, and New Hampshire interests as a result of the Wayfair decision. This is truly a rock solid bipartisan effort, but our work may not be over. I look forward to continuing to work on this issue as the legal landscape develops. We must continue to be vigilant and not turn our state’s small businesses and entrepreneurs in to tax collecting agents for other states and jurisdictions!”

House Republican Leader Disappointed in Democrats Continued Attacks on NH Small Business

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement on the passage of SB10, establishing the state minimum hourly rate based on whether an employer offers paid sick days to an employee.

“We’ve heard from small business owners around the state about how a minimum wage increase will be a disaster for them and their communities. Just last week, NHPR featured Mother Goose Daycare from Gorham where they discussed the sobering impact this would have on their business. A minimum wage hike would force them to ask families already struggling to make ends meet to pay nearly double their current price for child-care.”

“It’s clear that this minimum wage hike will most negatively impact New Hampshire’s small businesses and will needlessly increase their cost of doing business. Republicans have spent the last few year focused on creating the economic conditions that will allow businesses to thrive, House Democrats seem hell-bent on undoing that good work.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to Democrats Broken Promise on Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement on the passage of SB290, relative to the New Hampshire granite advantage health care program. The bill would significantly water down provisions worked out in a bipartisan manner last year relative to the work requirement for enrollees, and set an dangerous position of allowing general funds to be used for the program.

“Make no mistake, SB290 is a direct attack on the bipartisan compromise reached just last year on the granite advantage health care program. Part of that deal was prohibiting the use of General Funds for the program, so no matter what, taxpayers will be protected. Why Democrats are removing this prudent measure is beyond me.”

“This bill significantly weakens the work requirement that has only just been implemented. I’m disappointed that Democrats broke a promise in an attempt to solve a problem that we’re not even sure exists. These changes will result in less incentives for enrollees to participate in our economy in a way that may help them get off the program in the future, and could put our tax payers on the hook for tens of millions in new costs.”

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