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House Freedom Caucus Celebrates Budget Victory

Tax, Spending Cuts and Emergency Powers Reform Instrumental in Passage

CONCORD, N.H.—House Freedom Caucus members celebrate their efforts on Wednesday in passing the most liberty-oriented State budget since 2011, a budget which returns money to New Hampshire taxpayers and businesses and restores legislative oversight to keep the government in check.

The Caucus, which started in 2017 during a prior budget fight, continues this day as a group of freedom-minded House representatives who are standing firm to protect the rights and wallets of New Hampshire citizens. Caucus members worked proactively with like-minded House Finance Committee members to craft a financially sound and frugal state budget that returned excess funds back to the taxpayers and protected their personal liberties.

An important element of the budget that may have gone unnoticed is a section that returned unconstitutional fines issued by the attorney general’s office back to businesses as well as a portion that would restore the Legislature’s rightful authority in managing the State of Emergency. This allows businesses the freedom to operate without being under the government’s heel.

“As someone who has always been a champion of using taxpayer dollars wisely and prudently, it’s noteworthy that I can proudly announce: this is the first state budget I’ve ever voted in favor of.” said Kevin Verville, a Republican from Deerfield in his third term who has participated with the freedom caucus since its inception. “This is a budget that I believe all New Hampshire citizens can get behind.”

Judy Aron, a second-term Republican from South Acworth, said she was delighted to support a budget that keeps government lean and expands individual freedoms.

“Having escaped Connecticut, where I watched an overreaching government loot the productivity of the state, it’s refreshing to be a part of a Legislature that prioritized the rights of its people to pursue their dreams without government interference,” Aron said.

The House budget reduced the business enterprise tax and the business profits tax, taxes which are paid by small businesses such as the hair stylist, the contractor, and the local coffee shop owner. At the same time, the budget reduces the meals and rooms tax so restaurant patrons can get back to enjoying their night out without breaking the bank.

“It’s great to see excessive taxes being reduced to give small business owners and young families more flexibility to recover and thrive coming out of these difficult times,” said Glen Aldrich, a Gifford area Republican state representative and small business owner.

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.