To The Daily Sun,
This is the 19th of my reports to the voters of Hill and Franklin on what is happening in Concord. This last week was filled with budget issues. With the legislative year coming to a close I will continue writing to you but on a series of topics that I believe will interest you.
The New Hampshire budget as I predicted passed but on a partisan vote. It started as the governor’s budget ... spending was cut some by the House but failed to be approved .... spending was cut more by the Senate and the Committee of Conference reduced spending again. This wasn’t because the Republican are heartless, it was because there are not the revenues necessary to do more. It fully supports what we can afford and puts some money in our severely depleted rainy day fund. I was disappointed that it could not garner Democratic support but they decided against supporting anything “Republican,” including what the governor wanted. All this in the desire that Governor Sununu will fail and not be reelected. However, as with President Trump, this is not going to happen while the Democrat Party driven by the hard left is spiraling into insignificance. They are letting Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders steal their party’s heart. They can do better by returning to the John Kennedy type of Democrat.
On another note, Senate Bill 129 passed and is on its way to the governor along with increased utility costs for businesses and ratepayers like you. It was a bill that promotes solar and biomass (wet wood) generated electricity. It subsidizes these “renewable” sources by mandating the utility companies purchase a certain percentage of electricity from these sources. Sounds good but they are forced to purchase from you at retail prices rather than the wholesale prices they use to purchase other energy sources, like natural gas. But don’t worry, the utility companies are allowed to pass the extra cost onto you. The utility companies are happy while your pocketbook suffers. The solar, wind, and wet wood suppliers are happy because their uneconomical product has a guaranteed customer. Some of the cost is hidden as a set aside for low income customers, but that is just a smoke screen. What’s the problem and solution? Remove all the subsidies for ALL energy related ideas and sources. Is there any wonder why New England, and New Hampshire in particular, has the highest rates in the country? This is something that we have to address rather than passing the buck on for someone else to solve.
Oh, and by the way, don’t be fooled by the repeal of the Electrical Consumptions Tax. It is just a feel good so you wouldn’t be as concerned about the renewable subsidies. Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes. It amounts to a minuscule amount in comparison the solar and wet wood subsidy.
N.H. State Representative
Franklin and Hill
- Written by Mike Mortensen
- Category: Letters
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