The game plan being followed by New Hampshire Republicans is becoming clearer by the hour: They do not strive to govern, they strive to win.
The budget vetoed by the governor is supported by Democrats because it meets the actual needs of the state and the people who live here. The governor vetoed it because he wants another tax cut as a wedge issue for the 2020 election.
Democrats, trying hard to govern, spent the summer months working for compromise. The governor didn’t: he wants an election issue on which he thinks the GOP can win. Democrats, perhaps naively, continue to work for a budget that will help the state and their constituents function and flourish.
Who do you think will win this fight? It really depends on whether or not Granite State voters see what’s going on.
PETER HOE BURLING
(The writer is a former Democratic Leader of the N.H. House, state senator and DNC member.)