WASHINGTON – As Governor Maggie Hassan continues to resist compromise and threaten a budget veto which would shutdown New Hampshire, groups that care for the most vulnerable Granite Staters are pleading with the Governor not to reject the “best budget in years."
As the Concord Monitor reports:
“But the advocates fear a veto could jeopardize those small advances. They are worried about the uncertainty a veto would create. ‘This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we’ve seen in years,’ said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. ‘We hope our needs don’t get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.’ The current state budget expires June 30. Without a set spending plan in place, many health and social service providers won’t know how much money they get or whether their programs could again be on the chopping block. ‘The uncertainty that it creates is the biggest problem,’ said Jeff Dickinson, Advocacy Director for Granite State Independent Living.” (Allie Morris, Health, Social Services Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat, Concord Monitor, 06/21/15)
“Social service providers are calling this the best budget in years and urging the Governor to compromise, yet Maggie Hassan continues to stubbornly ignore the needs of the poor, disabled, and elderly,” said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “Hassan’s veto threat is just another reminder that she puts party politics above doing what's best for New Hampshire.”