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Let's make a deal: Budget is worth passing

June 17. 2017 6:44PM

Go through an $11.7 billion budget, and you'll find something to oppose.

But overall, the budget package up for final passage by the New Hampshire Legislature this week is a responsible, balanced budget that should be sent to Gov. Chris Sununu's desk.

The budget doubles the Alcohol Fund to address the deadly opioid crisis. It tackles the waitlist for developmentally disabled clients, and provides funding to give a raise to those who provide them care.

It continues the path to competitive business taxes by lowering the Business Enterprise Tax and Business Profits Tax over the next four years. It relies on optimistic, but realistic, revenue estimates. Hopefully, the economy will continue to grow, and revenues will exceed expectations. But it would be foolish to spend that money as if it's already come in.

The budget would also seek a federal waiver to authorize a work requirement under the state's expanded Medicaid program, a provision blocked by former Gov. Maggie Hassan.

But $11.7 billion isn't enough for House or Senate Democrats. The folks who ruined the state's finances when they were in charge of the budget never think Republicans are spending enough.

The question is whether House Republicans can put aside their differences to pass a Republican budget. This budget is fiscally responsible and deserves their support.

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