Maggie Hassan on Budget & Economy
Restored $1B in cuts in state spending
A web ad funded by the group Impact America Action is called "Hassan Spending Problem" and cites a noteworthy number: "Maggie Hassan has a spending problem," the narrator says. "As governor, Hassan first proposed a $1 billion spending increase." The
number also appears on the group's website.
But is the claim true? Hassan's first budget proposal restored many cuts, with a $1 billion spending increase; but here's how the revenue broke down:
When politicians debate the budget, they generally talk about general fund spending, because that's the money most directly
controlled by the state. Looking at that fund alone, Hassan's budget only proposed an increase of $184 million. The ad cherry-picked the most all-encompassing number--total spending, including federal grants. Our ruling: We rate the claim Half True.
Source: PolitiFact AdWatch on 2016 New Hampshire gubernatorial race
, Jun 24, 2015
- $184 million from the general fund
- $493 million
from the federal government for ObamaCare
- $348 million from "other funds," which includes trust funds, fees & assessments.
Invest to keep economy moving forward post-Recession
We are out from under the greatest burdens of the recession. Now, we must keep our state and our economy moving forward, and for New Hampshire, the best way forward is always through.
That starts with advancing the priorities that support innovative
economic growth and help businesses create good jobs, the kind of jobs that will strengthen and grow our middle class.
To build an even stronger workforce, we must keep more of our young people here in New Hampshire. We took an important step in that
effort working together through the budget. We restored higher education funding and made it possible for our universities and community colleges to freeze in-state tuition.
With bipartisan support, we increased funding for travel and tourism
promotion, we put in place our first permanent director of economic development since 2008, we modernized our corporations act, and we doubled and made permanent our research and development tax credit.
Source: 2014 State of the State address to Connecticut legislature
, Feb 6, 2014
Balanced budget with no income tax nor sales tax
Today I present to you a balanced budget--with no income or sales tax--that is fiscally responsible and focused on innovation, economic growth, and creating good jobs to support a strong middle class. A budget that begins rebuilding, based on the
priorities that are critical for an innovative future: ensuring that all of our people can receive an education and develop skills for good jobs, attracting and growing cutting-edge businesses, and sustaining our high quality of life by keeping our
communities and people safe and healthy.
But it is also a budget that recognizes that we cannot address all of our challenges all at once in these uncertain economic times. We must still make difficult choices to protect our priorities while
living within our means.
In preparing this budget, we cut agency budget requests by more than $500 million, keeping general fund spending 7% below fiscal year 2008 for fiscal year 2014.
Source: 2013 State of the State N.H. Budget Address
, Feb 14, 2013
Page last updated: Jul 19, 2017