To The Daily Sun,
Last week's candidate forum in Northfield showed voters three Democrat candidates who don't understand a critical issue facing the Granite State: our billions of debt.
The Democrat candidates Lorrie Carey, Leigh Webb, and Deb Wheeler, told the crowd debt isn't an issue at all. When asked, none knew the state carries dangerous levels of debt and none expressed concern that increasing interest payments on that debt and all future borrowing must be accounted for in our state and local budgets. None suggested they understood that we have an underfunded pension system even.
Rep. Carey stated her belief that because the state has a constitutional obligation to present a balanced budget, the idea that the state carries any debt is impossible. Coming from a political neophyte this would be merely laughable. But this stunningly inept comment came from someone who has completed two years as a representative. Webb's and Wheeler's comments were of a similar nature.
Run-away debt costs taxpayers more whenever government borrows money for school buildings and the like. The recent credit rating drop caused our interest rate on borrowing to increase by 50 percent.
Carrie, Webb, and Wheeler showed they just don't understand what's facing our state. By contrast, the Republicans, Carolyn Virtue, Jason Parent and I, Greg Hill, understand the seriousness of this issue. We know that runaway debt limits the future economic growth that you and your children are depending upon.
We ask for your vote Nov. 4.
Candidate for State Representative
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