New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus Blasts Bloated House Budget, Plans Demonstration Thursday

NH House Freedom Caucus
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Contact: Rep. JR Hoell, 603-315-9002

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus (NHHFC) today blasted the House budget coming to the floor Thursday – one that would increase spending by over $1.5 billion more than the current budget. Additionally, this budget includes $417 million in new taxes.

“This budget is an affront to anyone who embraces economic sanity and New Hampshire’s low tax status. Those who votes for or support this budget has forfeited the right to call themselves fiscally responsible. This trip down the socialist primrose path is equally outrageous and destructive. It’s time to bring some adults back in the room to write a reality-based budget,” stated Rep. Scott Wallace, Danville, NH.

“As a member of the House Freedom Caucus that rose up to take down a bloated budget two years ago, I’m appalled to see an even more extravagant waste of taxpayer funds this year. The more rational budget that we ultimately passed that provide tax relief has been an unqualified success. What makes this year worse is the addition of $417 million in crushing tax hikes – that would effectively end the New Hampshire Advantage,” said Rep. John Burt, Goffstown.

“This House budget sends a clear message to innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators that they aren’t welcome in New Hampshire. After all the Legislature did the past two sessions to make our state more welcoming, this sudden reversal will surprise many who’ve worked to grow our economy. That’s why we’ll have a surprise ready for representatives Thursday morning, to show them the importance of preserving the New Hampshire Advantage,”
added former Rep. JR Hoell, founding member of the New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus.

The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus is a grassroots organization consisting of legislators and private citizens, who believe in personal liberty and the traditional conservative “Yankee” values that made New Hampshire a great place to live.

New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus Comments on House Failure to Pass Fiscally Responsible Budget

Concord – The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus (NHHFC) today offered the following comments in response to the House of Representatives’ failure to pass a fiscally responsible budget.

“Today, the House made the decision that we would not pass a fiscally irresponsible budget that grows government at an unsustainable rate. Right now, our economy is growing rapidly, thanks to tax relief in the last budget. Instead of using this new revenue to grow government, we believe that it’s critical to share the benefits of this economy with the hard-working taxpayers who earned it. We are hopeful that the Senate will take a more responsible view to state spending,” stated Rep. JR Hoell. (Dunbarton)

“Growing government at a rate that is rapidly higher than the rate of inflation in a good economy is simply setting up the state for massive tax hikes or huge spending cuts when our economy next slows down. We need a more balanced approach to growth that doesn’t expand general fund spending at 10.5%. We have no reason to expect that increase to be sustainable; it flies in the face of everything that turned around our state’s economy, as well as specific planks of the NHGOP platform.” added Rep. Dan Itse (Fremont).

The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus is a grassroots organization consisting of legislators and private citizens, who believe in personal liberty and the traditional conservative “Yankee” values that made New Hampshire a great place to live.

CNHT Praises NHHFC Action on Budget

from Ed Naile, Chair, Coalition of NH Taxpayers

The Coalition of NH Taxpayers is proud to have so many elected officials take The Taxpayer Pledge against a sales or income tax. Having elected officials in our citizen legislature who promise not to lead us into the broad-based taxes the surrounding states suffer under is encouraging.

Now we have even more to be encouraged about.

There is a group of NH House members, the NH House Freedom Caucus, who have seen the proposed 10.5% increase in General Fund spending for the next biennium and they are preparing to limit that spending by standing together to oppose it. NH taxpayers should support them.

It is hard to believe as we finish Town and School Meetings across this state that a 10.5% increase in State General Fund spending is even being considered. The rate of inflation estimates for our State are a third of that amount. How are seniors and people on fixed or limited incomes to keep up?

If you are concerned about the rapid increase in State spending and endless growth in government, contact your State Representative. Ask if they will get on board an effort to control the 10.5% increase and find a more reasonable number for the General Budget, one people can afford.

In the Legislature, just like in municipalities, there are people who always say yes to any increase in government spending, without any regard to the future or their neighbors. We call them YES voters. They believe government has all the answers – if only it had more money.

Fortunately, we have a group of NH Legislators who know better. It doesn’t take a lot of sensible legislators to make a difference. Please support the ones who will try.

New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus Comments on $12 Billion budget

New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus Comments on $12 Billion budget

Concord -The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus (NHHFC) announces its opposition to the $12 Billion budget being proposed by the House Finance committee. The new budget, as reported at the beginning of this week, is the first budget to surpass the $12 Billion mark for state spending. It is over $800 Million larger than the current spending levels, and just slightly under that last two budget increases combined. Despite assurances from Republican leadership and budget writers, this budget is setting an unprecedented spending spree. Numerous members in the New Hampshire house have stated they cannot support the flagrant growth in the budget and plan on voting against HB1 and HB2, the two bills that combined, are the state budget for fiscal 2018-2019, unless changes are made.

“The taxpayers of New Hampshire elected the members of the House to pass a responsible, fiscally prudent budget. What we are seeing is massive growth of government just because the revenues will be higher. Our government would better serve our businesses and taxpayers by easing the tax burden on them, instead of going on a shopping spree . The long term fiscal health of our state will be jeopardized from this growth.” Stated Rep. Len Turcotte, Barrington.

The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus is a grassroots organization consisting of legislators and private citizens, who believe in personal liberty and the traditional conservative “Yankee” values that made New Hampshire a great place to live.