Senate Budget Writers to Use Same-But-Less Budgeting Approach

From Garry Rayno’s Sunday column, the Statehouse Dome:

The Senate has already started work on its budget plan, not waiting for the House to take action. Senate leaders have indicated they do not intend to work off the House version and instead will use Hassan’s proposal as a starting point. 

Why in the world would you start with a proposed budget that increases spending by $1.1 billion dollars?

The proper starting point is $0.00.  Every single dollar that is spent by State government should have to be justified.

Instead, the Senate, like the House before it, is going to start with the assumption that government should grow every year.  And the questions is simply how much to grow the government. Continue reading Senate Budget Writers to Use Same-But-Less Budgeting Approach

Advice to House Republicans on the Budget – Let the Democrats Pass the Democrat-ly Chosen Speaker’s Budget

The moment of truth comes this week for House Republicans when Speaker Jasper’s budget comes up for a vote.

Overall, Governor Hassan proposed increasing spending from $10.5 billion (fiscal years 2014-2015) to $11.6 billion (fiscal years 2016-2017).

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Before we turn (or attempt to turn) to the House budget (which I am going to refer to as the Jasper budget, since he named the members of the budget-writing committee), note that Hassan’s proposed budget breaks out “general funds.”  This pie chart depicting the sources of funds for 2015 (July, 2014 – June, 2015) helps explain what “funds” go into New Hampshire’s budget: Continue reading Advice to House Republicans on the Budget – Let the Democrats Pass the Democrat-ly Chosen Speaker’s Budget

If Hillary Clinton Had Nothing to Hide … Then Why Did She Wipe her Secret Email Server

I have been posting that it was only a matter of time until we learned that Hillary Clinton had wiped her email server, that is destroyed any backup, archive, record of the 30,000 or so emails she deleted when asked by the State Department last year to turn over her records as Secretary of State: Continue reading If Hillary Clinton Had Nothing to Hide … Then Why Did She Wipe her Secret Email Server

On Bergdahl, Benghazi and Clinton

Within days after the Obama administration was hailing Bowe Bergdahl as a returning hero, the soldiers who served with him were saying hold on, this isn’t right, this man is not a hero, he is a deserter.

It turns out the boots on the ground were right.  Or right enough that Bergdahl has been charged with desertion. Continue reading On Bergdahl, Benghazi and Clinton

Not Really Much Difference Between Hassan’s Proposed Budget and Jasper’s

The hard information about the budget being proposed by the House has been hard to come by.  Rather than comparing proposed spending for the next two year budget to what was actually spent in the prior session, we are inundated with cries and reports of “cuts” “massive cuts” “cruel cuts” “severe cuts” “draconian cuts,” without any frame of reference.  Cuts from Hassan’s proposed budget, cuts from the House’s proposed budget, cuts from the prior two-year budget???

The hard information that has managed to get out through all the hyperbole is that the House budget will increase spending by $400 million over the prior budget.  I have seen reports that Hassan proposes to increase spending by between $650 million (approximately) to $1 billion over the prior budget. Continue reading Not Really Much Difference Between Hassan’s Proposed Budget and Jasper’s

The Official Unofficial Start to the Colin Van Ostern for Governor Campaign

It’s going down, I’m yelling timber
You better move, you better dance
Let’s make a night you won’t remember
I’ll be the one you won’t forget

Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, who represents the most Democrat of the five Executive Council Districts, has an oped about the Red Tailed Hawk and the fourth graders in today’s Concord Monitor.  But Van Ostern’s op-ed is not really about the Red Tailed Hawk and the fourth-graders.  It is really about his desire to be New Hampshire’s next Governor and the policies he would pursue as Governor. Continue reading The Official Unofficial Start to the Colin Van Ostern for Governor Campaign