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Friday
Apr032015

NHDP - ICYMI: Outcry Continues to Mount Across New Hampshire Over Irresponsible O’Brien-Jasper Budget 

Concord, N.H. – As outrage from voters in every corner of the state continues to mount over the irresponsible O’Brien-Jasper budget, the pressure is on Senate Republicans to reach across the aisle and ensure a responsible, bipartisan budget that restores strategic investments in critical economic priorities for small businesses and middle class families. 
 
Protests of the devastating O'Brien-Jasper budget were featured on the front pages of today’s Nashua TelegraphConcord Monitor and Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.
 
See below for a roundup of coverage:
 
WMUR: Groups protest House budget proposal
 
Hundreds of protesters greeted House members about to vote on the budget at the State House on Wednesday[Click here for the full video]
 
 
WMUR: House passes budget with cuts to services
 
Demonstrators say cuts would devastate needed services [Click here for the full video]
 

Nashua Telegraph: “Hundreds gather at NH Statehouse to protest budget cuts”
 
… Approximately 300 people laid down on the capitol yard to symbolize the number of overdose deaths in New Hampshire last year. Advocates say the participants laid down to wake up legislators about the increasing number of narcotics-related incidents across the region.
 
“There’s an epidemic in the state right now, and there’s just nowhere we can get these kids treatment,” said Doug Griffin, a Newton resident holding an oversized photograph of his 20-year-old daughter Courtney, who died in September of an overdose...
 
Marty Boldin, with HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery, said the state was already among the least funded in the country when it comes to substance abuse before the recommended increases from Hassan’s budget were dropped.
 
“We have hundreds of dead people in this state that are there in part because of the state’s unwillingness to fund a public health crisis,” Boldin said...
 
Amherst resident Nan Stearns said the budget left a bad taste in her mouth because the cuts would accomplish little more than hurting “all the little people.” She was particularly upset over Republicans putting Meals on Wheels funding on the chopping block... [Click here for the full article]
 

Concord Monitor: “Praying for a ‘humane’ state budget”
 
… One retired state employee spoke with tears in her eyes to Rep. Susan Emerson, a Republican from Rindge, just outside of Representatives Hall.
 
“I’m never going to be able to have a really good life in New Hampshire,” Sharon Cerretani said, reiterating the concerns she voiced to Emerson and other representatives about increases in the amount she would be asked to pay for health care. “I have two elderly parents I have to take care of. They can’t expect us to live if they keep taking from us.”...
 
Earlier that morning, the Rev. Jonathan Hopkins, president of New Hampshire Council of Churches, started the day praying in the basement of St. Paul’s Church just across the street – along with some 60 others calling for a more “humane” budget than what would be approved later that afternoon... [Click here for the full article]
 

NHPR: “House Budget Nixes Proposed Funding Hike For Substance Abuse”
 
… Tim Rourke, who sat on the Governor’s task force on drug and alcohol abuse, says this funding is needed to save lives.
 
“We have some of the highest rates per capita of addiction in the United States and we are second lowest to access to treatment services, as a direct result of that we lost over three-hundred New Hampshire citizens to drug overdoses most of which could have been prevented if treatments were made available,” Rourke said.
 
Cindy Mulcahy lost her 27-year-old son Tom to an overdose just four months ago.
 
“The most important thing is that we wanted to put a face to that 300 number, that this is a real person, and a wonderful, wonderful person, a really good, a really good kid and he didn't want to die -- he didn't deserve to die,” Mulcahy said as she teared up. [Click here for the full article]


NHPR: “Developmental Disability Funding Loses In House Budget”
 
… Denise Colby of Belmont says these cuts would force her to quit her job to care for her six-year-old autistic son.
 
“I would just say please look into the eyes of our kids and realize they are not numbers, they are not statistics and we fight every day to make sure we can make appointments and doctor visits,” Colby said while protesting inside the State House.
 
Kona Johnson of New Market's  8-year-old son Trevor battles Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, which is a chromosomal ailment that affects intellectual and physical development. Johnson said the reductions to early prevention treatment, could be devastating to a child's growth and overall well-being.
 
"Very, very doom-and-gloom about his prognosis, not being able to walk, not being able to talk -- he does walk now. And if he didn't get the therapies he got as a child, he would not be able to walk and that is so huge to a child's enjoyment of his life," she said. [Click here for the full article]


NH1: Hundreds protest NH House budget slash of $6 million in substance abuse grants
 
… Four people who died last year were friends with Brian Patriquin, a student at NHTI who's pursuing a career in career addiction. He said he's concerned less funding will lead to less jobs, and more deaths for those trying to seek treatment.
 
"The kid was 19 years old and died of an overdose because he couldn't get the help already and you're going to take more away from that?" Patriquin said.
 
Jenifer Gonsalves lost her boyfriend to a heroin overdose last weekend. She attended Wednesday to represent him.
 
"Nobody wants to die from this disease and another person doesn't need to die, let him be the last," Gonsalves said. [Click here for the full article]
 
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Tuesday
Mar312015

AFPNH - Not Again! 

The Governor proposed a budget with a slew of new taxes, including new taxes on drivers, on smokers, as well as those who are trying to quit smoking, and on our state's employers, who already face among the highest taxes in the nation!

All of those taxes were needed to pay for Governor Hassan's plan to grow big government in New Hampshire.

She also used her budget to make ObamaCare Medicaid expansion permanent. There is no end to the level of spending that she'll support!

Thankfully, the New Hampshire House pulled all of Hassan's tax hikes out of the budget. They also called for ending ObamaCare Medicaid expansion according to state law.

While they flirted with a gas and diesel tax hike, they ultimately chose to use fund set aside for more green energy pork projects to pay for the roads instead.

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Now, the House is moving forward with a fiscally responsible budget that protects taxpayers.

Go here to tell your House members to pass this responsible state budget and to give the Governor's tax hikes the boot!

Tell your representatives that New Hampshire taxpayers need a frugal government, not a greater hit in the wallet!

Please take a moment to tell your legislators to pass this House budget, and send a clear message that big government does not work in New Hampshire.

Live Free or Die,

Greg Moore

Saturday
Mar282015

NH House - Granite State Progress State Budget Press Conference

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Press Conference

Monday, March 30

12:15 p.m.

Legislative Office Building (Lobby)

RE:  The State Budget

Sponsor:  Granite State Progress

 

Wednesday
Mar182015

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.”
Friday
Mar132015

NH Sen Forrester hails restoration of nursing home funding 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

 

SB 8 blocks $7 million Hassan raid on nursing home, home health care

 

Concord, NH – Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) issued the following statement on the Senate’s 16-8 vote to pass SB 8, which would block Governor Maggie Hassan’s proposed raid of $7 million from nursing home and home health care reimbursement:

 

“The state budget that the Senate passed unanimously and the Governor signed into law specifically protected these nursing home and home health care funds from being cut to pay for other spending. The Governor has chosen to ignore that part of the law, and this bill would restore the intent of the budget we all agreed to,” Forrester said.

 

The Legislative Fiscal Committee asked the Attorney General’s Office how the Governor was able to transfer money from the nursing homes despite a provision in the budget preventing such a transfer. Since the money that Hassan wants to take is matched by the federal government, her raid would actually end up costing nursing homes and home health care providers $14 million.

 

“When we passed our budget two years ago, we made a promise to reimburse nursing homes and home health providers for the services they provide to Medicaid patients,” Forrester concluded. “This bill would make sure we keep that promise.”