To the editor:

On June 10, The Winnipesaukee Republicans held a town hall forum concerning the proposed New Hampshire State Budget. It was well attended by residents. People were informed of the budget process and some of the proposed changes being made. Both Republican and Democrat viewpoints were presented.

At that time there was an air of bipartisanship and of working together with my local Democrat colleagues on this critical legislation. We left on a positive note and I was heartened by our discussion.

However, on June 11, less than twenty-four hours after the forum. I learned that House Democrats excluded Republicans from the Committees of Conference on the state budget. A Committee of Conference is where the House and Senate come together and attempt to reconcile their different versions of the same bill. In the last four years of Republican control, my party extended a hand to our friends across the aisle and included them in this important step in passing the state budget.

The state budget impacts every person in our state, and no one deserves to be ignored, regardless of party affiliation. I ask my Democrat colleagues; do you not care for Republican or Independent opinions concerning our state’s budget priorities? Is it, as the saying goes, “your way or the highway?”

Rep. John T. MacDonald

Carroll District 6

Wolfeboro

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