NHDP - Bill O’Brien Budget Part 2: “Who Will Plow Our Roads?”





House GOP Also Puts Medicaid Expansion “On The Chopping Block,” Repealing Health Coverage for Over 36,000 Granite Staters and Counting

Concord, N.H. – Bill O’Brien’s devastating budget cuts are continuing in Concord, as House Republicans work to slash funding for the Department of Transportation and repeal health coverage from over 36,000 Granite Staters and counting.
“In the absence of a sensible budget plan, House Republicans are simply proposing to recycle Bill O’Brien’s devastating budget that hurt New Hampshire’s families, businesses and economy,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “These are real people’s lives we’re talking about, yet House Republicans are determined to repeal health coverage from 36,000 Granite Staters and leave our roads unplowed out of pure politics.”
See below for a coverage recap of House Republicans’ “plan” to slash funding for DOT, resulting in less plowing, fewer bridge inspections, and a halt to the expansion of I-93:
The Associated Press reported that Deputy Transportation Commissioner Patrick McKenna told the House Finance Committee, "Passing this bill is not passing a budget — it's passing the buck."
Adding that McKenna explained, “the cut would mean 50 to 70 percent reductions in engineering functions, halting progress on the Interstate 93 expansion and allowing for fewer bridge inspections. It would mean a 9 percent reduction for winter maintenance, forcing the closure of 16 highway maintenance facilities across the state. In total, 321 employees — out of a workforce of around 1,650 — would lose their jobs, and 84 vacant jobs would be eliminated, he said. Cutting state money could also jeopardize federal funds.”
The Concord Monitor also quoted Gary Stevens, a DOT worker who said, “Who will plow our roads in the winter? Do you want your wife, children, grandchildren… friends or constituents to drive on unsafe roads or bridges?”
WMUR also covered House Republicans’ so-called “plan” that would result in over 300 layoffs at DOT and make New Hampshire’s roads less safe.
See below for a coverage recap of House Republicans’ “plan” to repeal health coverage from over 36,000 Granite Staters and counting:
WMUR reported, “Medicaid expansion is on the chopping block,” adding that Democrats are also “decrying a number of proposed reductions in the HHS budget: Meals on Wheels, the Sununu Youth Services Center and homeless shelters.”
The Concord Monitor reported that enrollment through Medicaid expansion “ has surpassed the state’s expectations for the first year of the program.”
Adding that “While criticized by some lawmakers at the State House, the program has earned praise from the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Hospital Association. A recent report from the hospital association found that the state’s hospitals saw a 17 percent reduction in uninsured patients’ visits to emergency rooms between 2013 and 2014, as well as a 15 percent reduction in the number of uninsured inpatient admissions.”