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Sununu for Council: A fiscally responsible vote

October 07. 2012 6:55PM

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu of Newmarket, an engineer and businessman, has a penchant for frugality that ought to win him another term representing District 3 on the council.

Three votes illustrate the point well. In June, the council considered whether to approve a $500,000 New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority loan to Rustic Crust Pizza of Pittsfield. The excuse for the grant was to help the profitable company expand its operations and create 25 new jobs. Sununu saw the problem with the loan right away.

'I am not a big fan of the state picking winners and losers in the private sector,' he said. He voted against it.

In March, the council considered whether to approve a $3.65 million study of the viability of passenger rail in New Hampshire. Though it was a federal grant, it would have required the state to contribute $400,000. Sununu wisely voted against it. The state did not have the money.

Last year, the council considered whether to accept $333,000 in federal money to help it set up a health insurance exchange under Obamacare. Sununu voted against it. The exchanges are not free markets, as President Obama claims, but closed, highly regulated markets that will reduce choices and competition and likely increase prices. As Obamacare requires state governments to run them, they will increase state expenses, too.

Sununu's opponent, Bill Duncan, calls votes like these 'political,' by which he means 'conservative.' We would call them fiscally responsible. That is what Chris Sununu is, and it is why voters in District 3 should send him back to Concord.

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