Concord, N.H.-- Here in New Hampshire, Granite Staters have already begun to see the influence of the Koch brothers self-serving agenda. To date, the Koch brothers have poured over a million dollars into the state to elect representatives who will pass legislation that benefits their bottom line, but leaves the middle class to pay the price. Now, Republicans in Congress are pushing their new budget that is bought and paid for by their billionaire backers. This reckless and irresponsible budget benefits billionaire oil barons and Wall Street banks, while making devastating cuts to programs that affect seniors, women, and students.
"The Koch brothers are propping up Republican candidates here in New Hampshire who will be trustworthy rubber stamps for their agenda, including protecting their tax breaks, weakening consumer protections, cutting women's health services, and turning Medicare into a voucher program," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "The Koch agenda will not help New Hampshire families get ahead, which calls into question whether the Republican candidates that the Kochs are trying to elect through negative advertising will blindly back the Koch budget that current House Republicans just passed with broad support."
"Republican support for the Koch budget is a clear demonstration that they want to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest rather than create opportunities for middle class New Hampshire families," concluded McClain.
FACTS: HOW THE KOCH BUDGET HURTS N.H. FAMILIES
Medicare Part D donut hole
15,535 Granite State seniors that have benefited from the closure of the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole would be affected.
New Hampshire students will receive $8,700,000 less funding in Pell Grants.
1,560 fewer New Hampshire students will receive Pell Grants.
1,877,000,000 in Federal Medicaid funding for the state would be cut over the next decade due to the proposal to block grant Medicaid. In addition, $792 billion more would be cut from Medicaid nationwide due to repeal of the ACA Medicaid expansion.
Title I would be unable to support the equivalent of roughly 20 schools and 2,140 disadvantaged students, potentially resulting in 50 fewer teachers and aides with jobs.
80 fewer special education teachers, aides and other staff would be supported with federal funding.
340 fewer Granite State children would receive Head Start services.
Social Services Block Grant
$7,150,000 less funding would be provided for the Social Services Block Grant.
Child Care Block Grant
140 New Hampshire children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.
Job Training Grants (WIA/ES)
2,900 fewer Granite Staters would receive Training and Employment Services.
10,400 fewer Granite Staters would receive Job Search Assistance.
Housing Choice Vouchers
1,536 fewer low-income families would receive Housing Choice Vouchers.
STOP Violence Against Women
164 fewer victims of domestic violence would be served through the STOP Violence Against Women Program.