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Senator Andrew Hosmer Comments on Senate Raid of Dedicated Funds

Senate Finance Republicans Vote to Take $2.22 million from Renewable Energy Fund

CONCORD – Today, Sen. Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia), member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following comments regarding the Senate Finance Committee’s vote to take $2.22 million out of the Renewable Energy Fund and use it to fund the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management:

“Just last week the Senate Finance Committee voted to restore the Renewable Energy Fund after the House Republicans raided it to fund their reckless budget,” said Senator Hosmer. “Today, without the benefit of a public hearing, Senate Republicans voted to reverse course and raid $2.22 million from the same fund for the next budget and then permanently raid $1.5 million in each future year.”

Along a party-line 4-2 vote, the Senate Finance Committee voted to take $2.22 million from the Renewable Energy Fund and use it to fund the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Both the House-passed version and the Governor’s proposed budget addressed a decrease in funding for Homeland Security and Emergency Management through assessments on utilities and on property, life and casualty insurance policies.

“Today’s vote shows that the Senate Republicans’ rhetoric doesn’t match their actions.  All session long, Senate Republicans have been claiming responsibility for protecting dedicated funds, including a press release just last week where Senators Forrester and Little patted themselves on the back for protecting the integrity of dedicated funds,” continued Sen. Hosmer. “While funding the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is very worthy and a high priority for us all, the Governor and House had a much more responsible way to do so. I sincerely urge my Senate colleagues to protect the Renewable Energy Fund, which is vital to the ability of NH’s small businesses to be successful.”

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