Home » Opinion » Editorials
Arnold's rant: Where is his city budget plan?
Arnold is running for Mayor Ted Gatsas' job this year. Last week, while Gatsas vacationed, Arnold attacked Gatsas' budget proposal as "smoke and mirrors" and "budgetary fiction." He said, ironically, "you can tell it's an election year" because of Gatsas' budget numbers. It is ironic because Gatsas always presents budgets that are under the spending cap, but Arnold does not always throw a public fit about them. Why do so now? Well, you know, it's an election year.
Arnold lobbed a lot of hyperbole at the vacationing mayor. He did not lob a lot of facts. For instance, he complained that Gatsas' budget "guarantees personnel and service reductions," implying that it reduces spending. It increases city spending by 2.16 percent, just under the spending cap.
Presumably, Arnold would advocate a bigger-spending budget. But he was not bold enough to say how much more he would spend or how high he thinks taxes should be raised. Last year Arnold said he would vote to override the spending cap. Would he do so this year? Does he think the cap, which he clearly finds inconvenient, should be abolished?
Last month the state Attorney General's Office ruled that Arnold formed a political action committee to advocate for the defeat of Sen. David Boutin, R-Hooksett, last year, but did not report it, which is illegal. It seems that Arnold enjoys keeping secrets from the voters. We wonder why.
READER COMMENTS: 12
- John Stossel: Sublet my people go - 0
- Another View: A voter ID compromise with which we all can live - 15
- George Will: The NLRB’s school-door stand - 1
- Pat Buchanan: Barack Obama is the spectator President - 0
- Jonah Goldberg: Obama's 'idiot' defense - 1
- Another View: Amendments to the Senate casino bill make it worth passing - 4
- Charles Arlinghaus: On Medicaid expansion, the right answer is, 'not yet' - 2
- Deroy Murdock: A bloated state necessarily bullies, as the IRS did - 3
- Kathy Sullivan: The IRS scandal exposes flaw behind tax-exempt politicking - 24
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Fisher Cats, New Britain split - 0
- Ayotte praises first responders, veterans - 0
- Fremont man returned to face NH charges - 0
- Portsmouth Naval Shipyard holds change of command ceremony - 0
- Sons' overdoses spur father to share his story with others - 0
- Miller ready to spell, but doesn't want to go 'Dutch' - 0
- Weather to slowly improve over long weekend - 0
- 4 arrested in investigation of heroin sales in Portsmouth - 0
- Golf cart to make visits to veterans cemetery easier - 0
Fremont man returned to face NH charges
NHIAA Scoreboard, May 25, 2013
Ayotte praises first responders, veterans