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.”