How Will Governor-Elect Hassan Pay?
First, during this week’s Governor’s Budget hearings, the state agency heads requested a 26% spending increase amounting to nearly $700 million in new state government spending!
As you may recall, during the last session, the legislature worked diligently to reduce state spending and remove some of the tax and fee burdens on NH residents. Now Governor-elect Hassan has said she hopes to “work to reverse some of those choices.” There are no details yet on how Governor-elect Hassan intends to pay for these significant spending increases but it seems likely that a tax or fee increase will be required. We will continue to monitor the hearings and the budget process. You can read more about this in Garry Rayno’s column or at NHPR.
Second, consensus continues to build surrounding reforming the NH State Liquor Commission. The NH Special House Committee to Evaluate the NH State Liquor Commission released its findings on November 13. You can read more on the issues HERE.
Third, the state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Local Government Center’s appeal regarding the restructuring of its HealthTrust and Property-Liability Trust risk pool programs which was ordered by a state hearing officer. But in the meantime, the LGC’s petition to stay the hearing officer’s decision was denied which means towns and cities are now permitted access to the risk pool benefits without having to pay dues to the New Hampshire Municipal Association. You can read more about it HERE.
Finally, please tune into the Smart Girl Politics NH Radio Show tomorrow morning when I chat with Karen Testerman and Susan Olsen at 10AM. You can also call into the show at 603-816-0019 and ask questions or join the conversation.