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Issue Position: Spending

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* We do not have a revenue problem in this state, we have a spending problem. I am running on the principles of controlling the out of control spending happening in Concord, reducing the burden on our working families and small businesses by decreasing or eliminating the taxes and fees Granite Staters are currently paying, and fighting big government by reducing the number of regulations being imposed on our residents and businesses.

* Over the last four years, spending by the state has increased nearly 23 percent. During that same time period, over 65 state taxes and fees have been created or increased.

* As a result of the spending increases and borrowing to pay for operating costs, a deficit of $800 million to $1 billion is forecasted for the next budget. This is the result of $200 million in borrowing to pay for its share of the school building reimbursement, $60 million in the sale of state assets which is not guaranteed, $425 million in one-time federal stimulus dollars, $110 million for the unconstitutional taking of private property, and $69 million which has been drained from the state's rainy day fund.

* Legislation to simplify the process which will allow cities and towns to pass spending caps should be passed. This will give our towns and cities more options in controlling spending at the local level.

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