(CONCORD) When Governor John Lynch presented his latest plan to balance the state budget to a select group of State House reporters this morning, New Hampshire’s leading budget watchdog wasn’t allowed in the room.
Shortly before the Governor arrived at the Executive Council Chambers for his budget press conference, Press Secretary Colin Manning asked reporter Grant Bosse to leave, claiming that he “wasn’t part of the media.” Bosse, who is credentialed by both the State House and State Senate, as well as the U.S. Congress, insisted that he should be allowed to cover a press conference being held in a public building. Manning said that the event was for “invited members of the press”. Bosse serves as Lead Investigator for the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, a non-profit think tank based in Concord, and has provided extensive coverage of the New Hampshire budget since Governor John Lynch presented his budget recommendations to the Legislature in early 2008. Bosse also provides a weekly legislative report on radio station WGIR’s “Charlie Sherman Show”.