Examining the Claim That New Hampshire Should Spend More on Higher Ed, Instead of Cutting Business Taxes

I read an op-ed in the Union Leader yesterday by Jeanne Dietsch titled, How This Entrepreneur Would Improve NH’s Economy.  Deitsch begins by panning the idea that the business tax cuts proposed in the budget passed by the Legislature would help improve the economy: Continue reading

The Phantom “Hole in the Budget”

From Governor Hassan’s Facebook, announcing her intention to veto the budget (which she did earlier today):

I have repeatedly offered compromises to address the unpaid-for corporate tax cuts, and will continue to do so, but we cannot enact a plan that would create a $90 million dollar hole in future budgets that will undermine our ability to fund the services we all agree are critical to our people, families and businesses.

A hole in a budget suggests that spending exceeds revenue.  There obviously is no hole at all, never mind a $90 million hole, in “future budgets” because no “future budgets” have been written yet.  The next State budget will not be written until 2017, and at that time the new Legislature and Governor can and will propose whatever spending and taxes they wish for the budget for Fiscal Years 2018-2019. Continue reading

Governor Hassan’s Budget Veto is All About Politics

Let’s start with the fact that there really is not that much difference between the budget proposed by Governor Hassan and the budget proposed by the House-Senate Committee-of-Conference.  Here is what the Governor proposed: Continue reading

GOP State Party Fills Void Left by Legislative Leadership

When it comes to budgeting, the Legislature should be in the driver’s seat.  A Governor can only veto a budget.

New Hampshire law provides that the Governor must submit a budget to the Legislature.  But nothing requires the Legislature to work from that proposal in crafting the budget. Continue reading

No, Obamacare Medicaid Expansion is Not an “Administration of Justice” Issue; it’s a Political Issue

There is an op-ed in today’s Concord Monitor by the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court, Tina Nadeau, advocating that New Hampshire continue participating in Obamacare Medicaid Expansion beyond 2016.

Some may may ask, as I did: why is the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court writing an op-ed about Obamacare Medicaid Expansion at all, let alone that New Hampshire continue participating. Continue reading