First of all, absent a real statewide municipal spending cap -which is long overdue as “local control” has become a punch line- there is nothing stopping the municipality from treating the “revenue sharing” as “free money” and spending it on top of whatever they would have spent without the “revenue sharing.” Dangle a dollar in front of a politician and do you really think he or she won’t almost immediately find a pressing, urgent “unmet need” to spend it on?
Second, it is an insult to the intelligence of the people of New Hampshire to call this relatively measly sum “relief.” The Socialist budget proposes $417 million in new taxes and fees. The so-called “property tax relief” is not even THREE PERCENT of the new taxes and fees. In terms of total spending? .3 percent. That’s .003.
If all the “property tax relief” went to Manchester, it would not even amount to 2% of what the City spends over a two-year period (which is the valid comparison because the $12.5 million is for a two-year period.)
It is a JOKE to call this “property tax relief.” It is an insult to the people of New Hampshire. It is, in a couple of words, total bull***t.
Say what you want about the NH House Freedom Caucus, but it is undeniable that they are doing the work that the #fakenews #nhpolitics press should be doing.
More particularly, House Speaker Shawn Jasper and his minions are proposing a smoke-and-mirrors budget that actually increases spending by $21 million over the spending increases proposed by Governor Sununu in his proposed budget. Continue reading →
Soon New Hampshire will have its first Republican Governor since Craig Benson in 2003-2004. Benson was a one-and-done Governor (that is, he was not reelected), and was the first GOP Governor of New Hampshire since Steve Merrill, who served two terms between 1993 and 1996. Needless to say, having held the corner office only two out the last 20 years, the GOP has a lot riding on Chris Sununu.
So what kind of Governor will Sununu be? Perhaps a better way to frame the question is whether Sununu will be a status quo Governor or a transformational Governor.
The first indication we will get of the kind of Governor that Sununu will be is whether he recommends a status quo budget or a transformational budget. Continue reading →