Letter: Bosse omitted root cause of budget gimmickry
I have appreciated Grant Bosse’s comprehensive consideration of various issues affecting our state, but he was way off target in his April 7 column, “A long history of budget gimmicks” (Sunday Monitor Viewpoints).
Bosse listed the various machinations that current and past legislatures and governors have gone through in an attempt to generate revenue. He is right in characterizing some of these means as less than ideal, if not downright shady.
However, he ignores entirely the root cause of these gyrations, which both Democratic and Republican administrations have engaged in: New Hampshire does not have a reasonable, stable revenue source. So every body of governance has to cobble together some combination of fees, surcharges and even Medicaid scams to come up with money for needed programs. And, of course, our communities must also rely on the regressive property tax.
We need a broad-based tax to free us from this biennial scramble for adequate funds. We know that Bosse does not favor such a measure, but if he has any pretensions to the notion that he is presenting a reasoned, balanced consideration of the issue, he should at least have discussed it.