New Hampshire Legislature begins working on budget
By Tyler King
CONCORD, New Hampshire: House committees have begun the 2014-2015 budgeting process and have started to hear the first of many revenue and agency reports. Stunted job growth in the state is causing concern that the state may see lower revenues than two years ago. Revenues were around $3 billion during the last budget cycle.
During her inaugural address, Governor Maggie Hassan called for a combination of government frugality, protecting "our most vulnerable citizens," and investments to stimulate economic growth. She said, "We need to acknowledge that we will not be able to do everything at once." Hassan will release her budget proposals by the middle of February.
Representative Ken Weyler (R), a member of the finance committee, said road and bridge repair is a top priority and he filed legislation that would raise the state's gasoline tax. This will be Weyler's eighth budget cycle as a lawmaker and while he believes there will be challenges, he thinks there is a chance for good bipartisan cooperation this year.