MANCHESTER - In recent weeks, there have been new reports of serious consequences that are a result of Governor Maggie Hassan's politically motivated veto of the state's budget. The impact has been especially harmful to New Hampshire's ability to fight a growing heroin epidemic:
For people who need help, advocates say, the delay will have real consequences...'That means continued waitlists, that means continued overdose deaths,' said Tym Rourke, chair of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. 'There is no substantive change we can expect to see around the substance abuse epidemic until we have the ability to provide those expanded services.' - Associated PressMembers of the State House and State Senate fortunately have the opportunity to override her veto on September 16th, but in the meantime, leadership has been offering compromise proposals to try and encourage the governor to stop blocking a reasonable budget from becoming law.
Regrettably, as seen in our interaction with her, Governor Hassan still refuses to sign the House and Senate-passed budget into law, or endorse a proposed compromise budget.
Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement;
"Would someone in Governor Maggie Hassan's office please inform her that the New Hampshire State House and State Senate have already offered up multiple versions of a budget for her to sign? While she says she is willing to compromise, our state's chief executive's record throughout the current budget process has proven otherwise.
"It is high time for Governor Hassan to stop playing politics, and start thinking about the severe implications her unwillingness to sign a state budget is having on so many New Hampshire residents. The fact is that countless Granite Staters suffer as our governor refuses to sign a budget simply for her own political gain."