Jun 23, 2015 6:16 PM

Landrigan: NH budget showdown shifts to what happens Hassan veto day before vote


CONCORD - The state budget showdown on Wednesday will be dramatic but we already know the likely outcome.

Republicans have the votes in the House and Senate to pass it, Democrats should have enough to uphold Gov. Maggie Hassan’s threatened veto.

But on the day before, both sides heated up the rhetoric, conservative Republican Karl Rove’s Crossroads Super Pac with a $75,000 buy of attack ads blasting Hassan for being against business tax cuts.

"Hassan opposes a responsible plan to cut New Hampshire’s crushing tax burden on businesses, some of the highest business income taxes in the nation.”

In an interview with NH1 News, Hassan got her own shot in.

"They are saying to families faced with substance abuse or mental health challenges it’s more important to give business tax cuts than adequately fund the services you need.”

Both sides support a continuing resolution of up to six months to keep government running after July 1. Hassan and Democratic leaders said it should spend at next year’s level.

"We could be funding what we all agree upon and the Legislature is refusing to do that. That’s too bad.”

Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, said if Hassan and leading Democrats want to spend at next year’s level they should vote for the GOP budget.

And in a statement, House Speaker Shawn Jasper said it's not the GOP's fault adding, "By refusing to support a budget that will allow our state to take care of those most in need the Democrats are turning their backs on the people of New Hampshire."

Meanwhile, Hassan also revealed one of the caveats she would have on supporting business tax cuts in the future.

"It strikes me what we should do is have some sort of checking point," she said. "Maybe a sunset for those business tax cuts so we can see what the impact has been on businesses and on revenues."

Don’t expect much suspense, but there will be plenty of sparks flying Wednesday.


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