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Entries in Budget Cuts (19)

Sunday
Oct192014

Watchdog - Oh My Gosh! Because of budget cuts we're not ready for Ebola  

Friday
Oct172014

Watchdog - Are budget cuts to blame for Ebola outbreak?

 

After wasting tax dollars, officials at CDC, NIH claim budget cuts hurt Ebola preparedness

 

No matter how bad public officials have misspent and misused tax dollars, they always think they should have more.

 
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Federal workers abuse purchase cards at public expense

 
Federal employees make thousands of personal purchases at public’s expense
 
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Mary Burke denies access — again

 
No reporters working for traditional media were harmed in the making of the latest Burke lovefest with first lady Michelle Obama.
 

 

Citizen News
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National Parks ‘listening sessions’ cost $38,320 and filter free speech

 
These National Park "listening sessions" hit both the taxpayers' freedom and their pocketbooks.
 
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Vermont schools have special spending on special ed
 
As education costs climb in Vermont, officials assure taxpayers the money is well-spent.
 
 

 

Energy & Environment
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Excessive regulations won’t build a perfect world
 
The aims of regulators are often good, but results are often dreadful. 
 
 

 

Property Rights
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Feds install fences to protect endangered mouse, but the fight continues
 
New fences put up by the U.S. Forest Service to protect the meadow jumping mouse have become ground zero in a battle between ranchers and environmentalists.
 
 
 
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Wednesday
Oct082014

NH Senate Republicans - Morse urges Governor to share $70 million in budget cuts 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Calls for swift action to address growing spending problem

 

Concord, NH – Senator President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) today issued the following statement in response to increasing evidence that New Hampshire is in the midst of a growing budget problem:

 

"Governor Hassan's actions last week demonstrate that she has failed to keep spending within current budget limits, resulting in a $22 million shortfall in FY14. The Department of Health and Human Services reports a $42 million shortfall in FY15, combined with the $30 million in cuts that the Governor is seeking from other departments. That would require at least a 4% across the board cut to all departments.

 

"We can't kick those costs into the next budget. Delaying action will only force deeper and more painful cuts. I urge Governor Hassan to share her proposals to save $70 million by the end of this month."

Friday
Oct032014

NH Senate Republicans - Governor Hassan finally admits NH's spending problem as she calls for $30 to $70 million in cuts 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senate Finance Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) today applauded Governor Maggie Hassan for finally admitting and attempting to address New Hampshire's mounting spending problem, as Hassan yesterday directed state agencies to find $30 million in cuts in addition to a separate $40 million hole at the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

"I'm pleased that the Governor has finally admitted that New Hampshire is facing a severe spending problem in the FY15 budget," Forrester said. "On the heels of her $22 million shortfall in the FY14 budget, and mounting problems at HHS, addressing this spending problem is long overdue."

 

The FY14 budget signed into law by Hassan required her to deliver a $26.7 million surplus, but this week's report showed only $4.2 million in FY14 surplus. Hassan is also counting on $19.5 million in surplus funds from the FY13 Republican budget to prop up last year's spending.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services recently told the Legislative Fiscal Committee that it faces $40 million in overspending in the current year. Hassan has just nine months left in the fiscal year to get the budget back into balance.

 

"Because the Governor failed to meet her numbers last year, we're already starting this year in the hole. Because the Governor has already delayed action for three months, the coming cuts will be more severe than they had to be," Forrester continued. "We look forward to reviewing in detail the Governor's recommendations for saving $40 million at HHS and $30 million across other executive departments. The Governor needs to be transparent and share state spending data with the Legislature and the public."

Saturday
Jun012013

Josiah Bartlett Center - The Budget, HHS Spending, and Back of the Budget Cuts

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire


New Hampshire’s state budget always looks very different at each step of the process. The Governor, House, and Senate each have a very different approach to the budget whether they are of the same party or not. The final product, whether we have it by the June 30 deadline or not, won’t look like one side or another “won” but rather will resemble a patchwork quilt of changes and compromises. Rejecting gambling one side and tax increases on the other hasn’t caused chaos and isn’t petulant retribution.... Click here to keep reading.

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Gov,House & Senate HHS Budgets Largely the Same

Major Difference on Uncompensated Care

The spending levels  for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommended by the Governor, passed by the House, and proposed by the Senate Finance Committee are actually quite similar. The notable exception to this is the Uncompensated Care Fund, which are payments to hospitals to help pay for charity care.... Click here to keep reading

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Back of the Budget Cuts at Heart of Current Dispute

HHS Spending in the Spotlight

Governor Maggie Hassan had some harsh words for the Senate Finance Committee this week. But the “sweeping, across the board cuts” to Health and Human Services programs aren’t in the line by line budget headed to the Senate floor, which actually spends more than the Governor’s budget on HHS programs.... Click here to keep reading.

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The State's Online Checkbook


JBC's Transparency Project

With the budget process underway here in Concord are you curious where all that money is spent? Look no further than NHOpenGov. We have data on every last check the state wrote going back to 2009.... Click here to start looking!