CONCORD – House Speaker Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson) and House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued statements following conclusion of the committee of conference negotiations on the final state budget proposal.

House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack):

“Voters sent Republican majorities back to Concord to continue managing our state in a fiscally responsible manner. This budget, like our current budget, meets the needs of our state, and addresses our priorities. We achieve these goals while continuing to make New Hampshire more competitive by reducing the tax burden on our business community, and reducing electricity bills by repealing a tax on electricity consumption. We’ve already received a high level of positive feedback from House Republicans, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to pass this budget next week.”

House Speaker Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson):

“This is a budget the legislature and the people of New Hampshire can be proud of. This budget provides resources to address the opioid crisis, mental illness, and domestic violence, includes several reforms to state government, and keeping spending in check. We’ve achieved a balance that ensures our citizens will have access to services they need while reducing the tax burden. Members of the House and Senate have worked tirelessly on this proposal which in my opinion makes sense for our state, our communities, and our constituents.”

Background: Both Jasper and Hinch serve as members of the committee of conference on HB144 and HB517, the bills that contain the state budget and related policy language. The committee of conference report will be drafted and signed by conferees tomorrow. It will then come before the State Senate next Thursday, June 22. Upon receiving a majority vote from the Senate, the report will need to be approved by a majority the House of Representatives in order to move forward to the Governor’s desk for signature.