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RELEASE: Senator Feltes Responds to Blockage of Bill to Create Non-Partisan Revenue Estimator

CONCORD – Today, the Senate voted to determine SB 188 inexpedient to legislate. The bill calls for a non-partisan revenue estimator position in the department of administrative services. The revenue estimator provides annual state revenue estimates to the governor as well as committees of the house and senate with jurisdiction over ways and means and the budget. Senator Feltes issued the following comments after the vote:

“A majority of states assign the task of preparing fiscal notes to a nonpartisan entity. New Hampshire is not one of them, and I am disappointed that the Senate failed to move in that direction today,” said Senator Feltes, prime sponsor of the bill. “Estimates provided by a non-partisan office engender more confidence and eliminate the possibility for bias due to political pressure and influence. Establishing a nonpartisan revenue estimator can only increase accuracy and transparency and I regret that my colleagues failed to join me to pass SB 188.”