Senate Democrats Comment on Republican Senate Finance Committee Budget

CONCORD – Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen issued the following comments after the passage of the Republican Senate Finance Committee Budget by a party line vote of 4-2.

“Turning  down billions in Federal dollars, Senate Republicans have instead chosen to put forward a budget that will result in devastating cuts for the health and well-being of the people of New Hampshire.”

“The Republican-led Senate Finance Committee today passed a budget that forces deep cuts to Department of Health and Human Services. Instead of being transparent by naming their cuts, they proposed sweeping, across the board cuts in critical programs.”

“This budget will cost hundreds of jobs and eliminate critical services for Granite Staters. Just last week, the  Department told the Finance Committee   if the Senate’s proposed budget reduction became law, funding for the developmental disability waitlist, the CHINS program, mental health care, community health centers, and family planning would have to be cut.  For families that count on developmental disability funding  this means more disabled individuals languishing at home on a wait list.”

“On top of the Republican cuts to critical human services, Senate Republicans rejected $2.5 billion dollars in federal funds that represent millions of dollars in savings to our state budget. These same federal funds would save millions of dollars in hospital charitable care  and  hold the potential to add 5,100 new jobs, $2.5 billion to our economy over the next 7 years and to cover as many as 58,000 low-income New Hampshire citizens with reliable healthcare.”

“Why turn down  100% federal funding when we know that at the same time,our citizens get critical preventative health care or mental health care in the community, we can  reduce state expenditures and save millions of state funds for other critical needs of our state?”