August 1, 2021

Reps. Anita Burroughs, Jerry Knirk and Steve Woodcock: Does this budget deserve a victory lap? | Op-eds

OUR REPUBLICAN colleagues in the New Hampshire House recently wrote a letter to the editor congratulating themselves for a historic state budget. They are correct that it is a historic budget; it is possibly the most politically extreme budget in our state’s history that does great damage to our public schools, our First Amendment rights, and women’s reproductive rights. It is a Republican budget as the vote went straight down party lines.

Let’s pull back the curtain to show how several controversial and extreme bills which could have never been passed on their own, were buried into the budget so that the majority of citizens would not notice them.

The citizens of the Live Free or Die State have always cherished our First Amendment Rights, but Republicans squeezed a bill limiting free speech into…

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