July 11 ó To the Editor:
Governor Chris Sununuís decision to veto the budget developed by my colleagues in the House and Senate could prove a costly one. Not necessarily to him, but to every taxpayer, every town, and school district in the state, including those that I represent in the New Hampshire Senate. Thanks to Gov. Sununuís irresponsible decision to veto the budget, the schools and towns in my district will lose out on nearly $2 million that was intended to provide property tax relief, welcome help to residents, especially seniors on fixed incomes, and local businesses. For example, the Town of Lee, will lose over over $700,000 promised to them as new revenue in the proposed budget, now vetoed by the Governor. Newmarket will lose more than $225,000 and Durham over $160,000. Sununuís veto means the same throughout the Seacoast and across the state.
The pressing needs of all our communities that the legislature sought to address are not going away simply because Chris Sununu would rather protect corporate tax cuts than help New Hampshire taxpayers. Our schools will still need to be maintained, our roads fixed, and our first responders funded. While we in the legislature offered to partially fund these needs as a means to provide local property tax relief, Gov. Sununu has opted to play partisan politics. Next spring when you read your town and school warrants remember that Chris Sununu didnít care enough to help.
Sen. Martha Fuller Clark
Senate District 21
Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket and Portsmouth.