Here is a sampling:
- NH doesn't have enough money to pay it's employees.
- As of yesterday, we don't have a new budget.
- Businesses taxes are not the major factor in not attracting new business to NH, but rather high energy costs, lack of an educated workforce, infrastructure and real estate costs. Yet Concord is proposing a reduction in business taxes to attract business.
- We have a heroin epidemic and yet we continue to underfund treatment and prevention
- The median income of renters in NH is $37,326, the median gross rent for a to bedroom unit is $1,157 , 37% of gross median income. With a 1.2% vacancy rate, there is simply not enough affordable housing.
- Yet our esteemed legislators in Concord have time to override a veto and allow baby pictures on beer bottles on a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Keith Murphy, the owner of a Manchester bar who wants to sell the beer by the bottle.
- One piece of good news: the SCOTUS decision on the Affordable Care Act. 30,000 citizens of NH will continue to be able to afford health insurance and not shift the burden back to hospitals and providers.
Bipartisan bickering continues on all these issues and due to the political posturing, no one tries to truly find a compromise. In the case of our Governor, State Senators Forrester and Bradley and some others, there can be no compromise as it would hurt their political aspirations. If we continue down the path that one side is always right and the other is always wrong, as a State and as Nation, solving our many problems will be very difficult if not impossible. There is a related and excellent Op-Ed piece in today's Citizen by Megan McArdle that I would encourage all to read. We have very real problems, and as the author writes "...the more divided we get, the more vitally important it is to have common institutions that both sides agree to abide with, however much it may chafe at certain moments."