By Grant Bosse | New Hampshire Watchdog
CONCORD — Gov. John Lynch is finishing up his fourth and final term in the corner office with a record-setting flurry of vetoes. With a dozen vetoes last week alone, Lynch has passed Craig Benson for the most bills vetoed in a single term and the most vetoes of any governor in at least the past quarter century.
After last week, the governor’s office might just need a fresh veto pen.
The avalanche of legislation crossing Lynch’s desk has forced a few sloppy mistakes. In his veto message on the Senate version of the School Choice Scholarship Act, Lynch erroneously argued that the bill didn’t means test every scholarship. He corrected his mistake when he vetoed the House version of the bill later in the week.
The General Court’s electronic Bill Status database dates back to 1989, so we can compare veto histories going back to Judd Gregg’s first term. Surprisingly, partisan differences between the governor and Legislature aren’t all that predictive of how many bills were vetoed or overridden.
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