Senators Larsen and D’Allesandro Respond to Passage of Senate Budget

“I find it outrageous that the Senate Republican budget writers chose to put $41.8 million into the state’s rainy day fund by 2013, rather than meet the most serious needs of the people of this state.  We already have one of the strongest AA+ bond ratings in our state with just a $9.3 million rainy day fund.” 

“The Senate Republicans on the Finance Committee applauded themselves today for passage of the Senate budget, yet the reality is that thousands of New Hampshire residents will feel the dire effects of underfunding critical state programs that foster job growth and support our elderly, children at risk, and disabled citizens,” Senator Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen remarked.  “This budget does nothing for job creation, rather it causes layoffs and reduces our investments in public education, safe highways, access to health care and programs for our most vulnerable, and causes a downshift onto our local communities and property taxpayers.  I cannot support this irresponsible shirking of state responsibilities.”

Deputy Democratic Leader Lou D’Allesandro, the committee’s only Democratic member, was the sole vote in opposition of the passage of both HB 1 and HB 2.

The budget passed today by the Senate Finance committee is an example of what can happen when state government passes the buck,” said Senator Lou D’Allesandro.  “State government should be there to assist our disabled and elderly, educate our children, and strengthen our workers and the small businesses that employ them.  This budget relinquishes too much of that responsibility and in doing so passes the financial burdens onto our communities, who are already financially stressed.  I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues to improve this budget going forward following the ideals and values that we maintain and that we believe are in the best interest of the people.”

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