Jun 12, 2015 5:12 PM
Landrigan/Steinhauser: Dispute over governor's budget role
CONCORD - On NH1 Newsmakers Sunday, state lawmakers from opposing parties disagree over the looming state budget battle and whether it’s wise to allow the sale of alcohol with images of children on them.
State Rep. Laurie Sanborn, R-Bedford, said she’s glad Gov. Maggie Hassan has discouraged talk of a potential budget veto and predicts there will be a compromise acceptable to all.
"I think she’ll come to the table and find we have a solution that works for most people," Sanborn says.
But Rep. Jackie Cilley, D-Bedford, says if GOP leaders hold firm and push through business tax cuts and oppose making Medicaid expansion permanent, Hassan has to hold firm.
"If that happens, I hope she will veto it," says Cilley who ran against Hassan for governor and lost in the 2012 Democratic primary.
Regarding presidential politics, Sanborn, who has not endorsed a candidate, says there’s plenty of anticipation for Donald Trump’s decision next week on whether he’ll run.
"Everyone is really intrigued to see what he is going to say. What are his policy positions? I think we know where he is as a businessman but what about the rest? So we’ll be curious to know," Sanborn explains.
Cilley is still a free agent in the Democratic presidential race, but believes Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is the one who could challenge frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
"I think Bernie is going to be the wild card here. I think he’s going to show, do I think he’s going to take over the race, probably not but I think he’s going to have a much stronger showing than some give him credit for," Cilley predicts.
On other state policy, Sanborn says despite Hassan’s veto, allowing kid images on alcohol does not encourage teens to drink. Ending this ban could help sales in the state’s growing craft beer industry, Sanborn adds.