The New Hampshire Senate
Republican Majority Office
(CONCORD) Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) issued the following response to Democratic complaints about Republican efforts to carefully craft a responsible budget:
“The Legislature has a duty to carefully consider how we spend taxpayers money. As we begin to build the 2016-17 budget, we must be cautious about approving spending now that could negatively impact our efforts to craft a responsible budget. Contrary to claims, it does not appear that any federal funds would be lost by delaying action until the April Fiscal Committee meeting.
“Meanwhile, we are still waiting on the Attorney General’s response as to how the Governor could raid $7 million from New Hampshire nursing homes and home health care programs, despite the Legislature’s clear intent to protect those programs. If there were such a concern about losing federal funds, I would expect the Democrats would demand the Governor to stop the raid of the nursing home and home health care programs that receive a 100% federal match.
“Republicans in the House and Senate will continue to build a fiscally responsible budget that meets the needs of our most vulnerable citizens without raising taxes. Our Democratic colleagues are welcome to join us in protecting our senior citizens.”