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.
The source of the problem was how the Republican leadership handled COVID-19 exposure at its caucus at McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester, where at least four, probably more members contracted COVID, but the leadership kept that a secret until the news broke just before Organization Day.
Most governors put their budgets together with chewing gum and baling wire. Reality hits when the House Finance Committee begins its work on the more than 1,300-page budget document.
The full House has yet to take action on any bill while the Senate held one session day last week and has another scheduled this week with at least two controversial bills: an independent redistricting commission and right-to-work.
If you doubt elections have consequences, just look up the bills before the House Education Committee this week.