Sep 16, 2015 6:54 PM

Landrigan: The 8-month saga over, a NH budget deal done in a tale of 2 houses

CONCORD - On a day of high political drama, an angry House Speaker Shawn Jasper took offense to his arch-enemy Bill O’Brien calling this a backroom deal.

"Backroom deals are made in secret and carried out in secret. They are things that should never come to public votes. It was no backroom deal," said House Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson.

O’Brien’s offensive brought Jasper down to the floor, the two going toe to toe a few feet apart as O’Brien allies charged that this ruined the House’s image.

"We are no better than Washington D.C., and you know how they are hated if we pass this,’’ said State Rep. John Burt, R-Goffstown.

It was House Democrats leaping to his defense.

"In contrast to the gridlock that we see in Washington all too often, the good faith negotiations that led to this compromise is government at its best,’’ said House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff, D-Concord.

O’Brien had 95 troops ready to storm the walls.

In the peaceful Senate it was all sweetness and light.

"It’s true in rock and roll and it’s true in life. You can’t always get what you want, today New Hampshire is going to get what it needs,’’ said Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley.

Well it wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t easy but they got it done.

Now in the weeks to come the other shoes to drop who’s going to run for Senate, who’s going to run for governor and are any of these legislative seats in jeopardy now as a result of the votes they cast today.


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