Concord - On Sunday, the Union Leader editorial page called the override of Governor Hassan's budget veto a "giant win for Republicans" because of critical business tax cuts that will encourage businesses to relocate to New Hampshire and create new jobs.
The Associated Press reported that spending on "mental health and substance abuse programs to road and bridge projects to the university and community college systems" received millions in reduced funding for months as a result of Governor Hassan's budget veto.
"Governor Hassan's reckless veto of the state operating budget has been exposed as a politically-motivated stunt at the expense of critical state services," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "It's unfortunate that the governor held back increased spending on mental health, substance abuse prevention, education and infrastructure for months while community leaders and health care advocates pleaded for an override of her veto. Granite Staters won't forget the months of fiscal uncertainty and outright chaos the governor created as a result of her irresponsible budget veto."
Associated Press: "From Mental Health And Substance Abuse Programs To Road And Bridge Projects To The University And Community College Systems - The Deal Gives Them Exactly What They Would Have Gotten In June. Without A Budget, The State Kept Running At Last Year's Spending Levels Under A Temporary Plan, Leaving Agencies And Services Without Expected Increases." For everything else - from mental health and substance abuse programs to road and bridge projects to the university and community college systems - the deal gives them exactly what they would have gotten in June. Without a budget, the state kept running at last year's spending levels under a temporary plan, leaving agencies and services without expected increases. (Kathleen Ronayne, "Budget deal a sigh of relief for state agencies, programs," Associated Press, 9/20/15)
Because Of The Stalemate, Home Health Care Providers Waited Three Months For A 5 Percent Rate Increase, New Hampshire Hospital Couldn't Open A 10-Bed Mental Health Crisis Unit And The Department Of Transportation Almost Had To Delay Repaving Projects On The Turnpike System. (Kathleen Ronayne, "Budget deal a sigh of relief for state agencies, programs," Associated Press, 9/20/15)