From the state chairman of the NH Republican Party:

For people who think I have been too tough on the Democrats by accusing them of ruining New Hampshire, to understand my criticism you don’t need to look any further than the recently proposed HB415 “Bathroom Bill” as well as Governor Lynch’s attempt to raid the Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Associating Plan to understand my criticism. These actions serve as reminders of the radical agenda being pushed by the Democrat Leadership in Concord that threatens to damage New Hampshire’s special quality of life and government structure.
This week a house judiciary subcommittee voted along party lines to advance the Bathroom Bill to the full committee. The legislation, which makes changes to existing laws, grants universal access to public restrooms based on individual’s preferred “gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of an individual.” This would allow an individual to legally choose if they would like to use a men’s restroom or women’s restroom based purely on their own personal preferred gender – regardless of their actual biological gender.

The Democrat’s Bathroom Bill is a radical assault on personal privacy that poses, at the least, an undue level of discomfort on users of public facilities and at the worst a mischief risk for families who utilize public restrooms facilities across New Hampshire. It’s about time that Governor Lynch shows some backbone and stands up to the extreme liberals that dominate the Democrat leadership in the New Hampshire House and Senate. He should publicly denounce and commit to veto egregious pieces of legislation like the Bathroom Bill before they reach his desk
A second example of the Democrats disastrous agenda is Governor Lynch’s attempt to take money from the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association Plan and use it to balance the budget. The fund consists of premiums and payments from doctors that were intended to provide stability to the medical malpractice insurance market. In the event that the plan was to have a surplus, New Hampshire regulations clearly states that it shall “repay members for assessments previously levied.”

Legal opinions can’t make this kind of expropriation justifiable. This is private money, not state revenue, and any attempt by the Governor to use it to fund the operations of state government amounts to nothing more than the theft of private property. If they are to succeed in these efforts to pocket this money from New Hampshire’s doctors what is to stop them from taking money from other groups to balance future budgets?

John H. Sununu

So, let me get this straight. Money that isn’t the government’s property is being raided to pay down the overspending (the media call that a “shortfall”) that Gov. Lynch and the Democrats in the two chambers have caused, and yet that money isn’t to be touched? And that’s not stealing?



When do we get to call this “money laundering?”

In The News

Governor Lynch’s budget is a shell game

by Tom Eaton

Union Leader
March 6, 2009

Now that the shock and awe of Gov. John Lynch’s budget address has faded and we have had a chance to look at the details of his proposed budget, one fact has become clear — the emperor has no clothes.

Gov. Lynch’s proposed budget is a shell game that amounts to intergenerational theft.

We’re not in this huge budget deficit because of the national economic downturn. This past budget cycle, the Democratic- controlled Legislature passed a 17 1/2 percent budget increase. For reference, the 2003 and 2005 budgets increased by about 3.5 percent, which included all essential and nondiscretionary spending. That coincided with the rate of inflation and demonstrated fiscally sound policy.

In this year’s budget, Gov. Lynch claims he cut general fund spending by $40 million. But that’s not exactly true. What he really did was some creative accounting. For example, he “relabeled” the State Liquor Commission budget so that it is no longer called general fund spending. This is not a cut; it is a name change. He is going to increase the agency’s spending from $71 million to $91 million. But with a little creative accounting, a $20 million spending increase instead looks like a $71 million spending decrease.

Gov. Lynch also proposes bonding $83 million in school building aid — money that used to be part of yearly general fund operating costs. The program isn’t going away. The state will still send $83 million to communities for building aid. But with another sweep of Lynch’s magical budget wand — poof — “level funding” an existing program looks like an $83 million spending cut. The reality is that the aid dollars were put on a “credit card” that our grandchildren will end up paying.

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No wonder the Democrats in New Hampshire are scared to death of next year’s elections. This kinda news doesn’t help:

The governor’s proposed budget is still in the red

The Union Leader
Charles Arlinghaus
February 18, 2009

The governor’s first draft of a budget made some important suggestions for lawmakers to consider. But it leaves much work to be done and a huge problem of around a half billion dollars.

The problem Gov. John Lynch faced going into the budget process was enormous. If no changes were made, we would face a current-year shortfall of $122 million and a hole in the coming budget of an additional $677 million over two years. In other words, as the governor prepared his budget, he knew that he had to make changes to reduce spending or increase revenues by $799 million just to balance the state’s operating spending.

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