The transportation plan endorsed by the Senate budget writers and the governor is a radical scheme that ends the requirement to spend toll revenue maintaining toll roads so they can transfer tens of millions of dollars each year out of the turnpike fund. It is the most cynical of public policies and the worst of the three options currently before policymakers.
Government data shows that Governor John Lynch issued 352 exceptions to his Executive Order 2008-01 instituting a hiring freeze, a ban on out of state travel, and certain equipment purchases. The 352 exceptions cost a total of $6.2 million during the twelve months of fiscal year 2009. These totals are only for the months from July 1, 2008 through June 30 of this year and do not include the first four months of the executive order or the most recent two months.
For details on all of the exceptions granted click here for a
LIST OF EXCEPTIONS
The full text of the governor’s executive order is attached
HERE (Executive Order)
The House Budget suspends the 40-year old Revenue Sharing Program under Chapter 31-A, and provides no funds for State Building Aid. Based on 2008 revenues to each town and the amount scheduled to be awarded to each school district, the Josiah Bartlett Center is able to provide local budget writers with the projected impact of the pending state budget.
“Budgets are about choices, and as the State Senate takes up this budget, it should know the impact it would have on cities and towns,” said Lead Investigator Grant Bosse, who authored the study. “Better information leads to better decisions, and we’re happy to provide it.”
The Bartlett Center has been a leading opponent of the government’s attempt to take the private property commonly known as JUA. With the court ruling of 7-29-09 prohibiting the taking of $110 Million, readers may wish to see our previous work on the subject. Included an early piece (March 25) sounding the alarm before there was a lawsuit
Unacceptable Seizure of Private Funds
The other discusses the lawsuit and the reasons the taking would almost certainly be prohibited ( from July 8 )
Dangerous Taking of Private Property
A district by district compilation of how much school district would have received in the coming year if school construction were not eliminated. Under the Governor’s Budget and the House Republican Alternative, construction aid would have been funded at $41 million. The budget as passed by the House eliminated school construction aid.
With a little luck, President Obama will save us from ourselves and derail the train project we can’t afford but are eager to pursue.
An amendment capping charter school enrollment across New Hampshire could force hundreds of Granite State students out of their current schools. The Senate budget would cap enrollment at 850 students, hundreds fewer than are currently enrolled. If the cap stays in the state budget, New hampshire’s eleven charter schools would not be able to accept new students next year and might have to hold a “reverse lottery” to kick current students out of the classroom. Two charter school administrators worry that the cap might force them out of business entirely.
In Looking for examples of fiscal responsibility and stability, the United States would do well to emulate its neighbor to the north.
Grant Bosse examines the history of the state’s revenue sharing programs and the impact to towns in the state of ending the programs that would have provided $160 million over the next biennium. The impacts vary by town across the state but are most severe in property poor towns like Berlin and Claremont
There is also a complete TOWN BY TOWN LIST here
This is the 400 line spreadsheet explaining the stimulus compromise put out by Sen. Nelson (D-Neb). The Washington Post chart graphically illustrating the details can be accessed here: