Everyone hates taxes. Yet very few understand how they work, but still believe they take money out of your pocket, which is not necessarily true.
If there is one thing legislators from both sides of the aisle want to protect, it is their constitutional ability to control the purse strings, so the money grab did not sit well with either party’s lawmakers, although the Democrats were more vocal about the slight.
The next six weeks are New Hampshire residents’ best opportunity to influence the state, its policies and priorities for the next two years.
According to tracking done by the New York Times of every state in the country, in New Hampshire, new cases have increased at a rate of 11 percent over the last 14 days, hospitalizations have increased 43 percent and deaths have decreased by 1 percent.
House budget writers tried to thread a needle with their plan: include enough culture war and spending cuts to draw enough from the very conservative wing of the GOP House members without losing the half dozen moderate Republicans who remain in their caucus.
While some issues draw bigger crowds to public hearings like right-to-work, abortion restrictions and gun control, the budget ostensively adopted by the legislature and governor in June affects far more people and it affects them personally.
A former National Education Association-NH lobbyist once told me “Never underestimate the New Hampshire Legislature’s proclivity to be cheap.”
Elections have consequences and Democrats are about to receive a difficult reminder of how impactful the repercussions can be.
In light of the last few years, culminating in the insurrection that attempted to overturn the general election results, many people wonder what can be done to curb misinformation that explodes like a geyser and infects the masses.
Later we learned the board would begin governing the two systems July 1 and the members would need Governor and Executive Council approval.