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.”

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.”