The budget changes were the result of a “deal” reached with the governor. The Senate passed and sent it to us as SB9. It wasn’t a bad deal, actually: the business tax cuts were accelerated, and further tax cuts would apply if revenues grew as expected; there were no increased taxes or fees; the only extra spending was to fund the negotiated state employee contract – and most of that would come from the savings of 2 1/2 months of the continuing resolution. In return, the legislative committee on employee contracts was reinstated after years of bitter opposition by the Democrats. If this had been the budget that came from the committee of conference, I’d have gladly voted for it.
However, the “deal” had been negotiated in the backroom, and even worse, was presented to us as “take it or leave it.” Questions, suggested changes – even very small ones – were derided as not in the deal and argued, not on the merits but on the authority of those creating and agreeing to the deal.
This attitude compares to the tactics in the U.S. Congress, where you have to pass the bill to know what’s in it.
Ultimately the budget passed, differing only slightly from the budget the governor vetoed. There was no disagreement about spending priorities – mental health, drug treatment, and roads – and, when pressed, the governor and her party abandoned their opposition to business tax cuts and legislative involvement in state employee contracts.
Rep. Frank Edelbut, potential candidate for Governor, and Keith Carlsen, representing the Health Care Compact, will be speakers at the Wednesday, September 9 meeting of the Merrimack County Republican Committee.
On Saturday, September 12 between noon and 2:00 PM, is your chance to meet with Mrs. Fiorina at the Merrimack County Republican Committee and the Concord City Republican Committee at our 2nd Annual Stretch Kennedy Patriots Picnic
Senator Marco Rubio will be holding a meet-and-greet at Robie’s Country Store in Hooksett on Tuesday, September 8, at 8 am.
The Concord City Republican Committee and the Merrimack County Republican Committee invite you to the 2nd Annual Stretch Kennedy Patriots Picnic featuring Carly Fiorina as the keynote speaker.
Mayor Ken Merrifield of Franklin will be hosting a reception on Wednesday, August 19th at 5:30 PM in Concord. See full article for tickets, details and RSVP information.
Go see Governor Kasich in Franklin, August 12th from 4 to 6 PM. Then come back to Concord in time for our monthly meeting at The Draft. We have Rod Eccles coming to speak at 6:30.
On August 11th, Senator Paul will be at Riley’s Gun Shop in Hooksett and at The Corner View Restaurant in Concord.
Radio host Rod Eccles will be speaking at our next monthly meeting. The Merrimack County Republican Committee monthly meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12 at 6:00 pm at The Draft Sports Bar and Grill, 67 So. Main St, Concord.