This week we start the Committee of Conference on the operating budget for fiscal years ’16 and ’17. The Senate and House are not that far apart in revenue projections. The problem is how do we spend the money.
One problem is the pay raise for our state employees that was negotiated before the budget was built and was in the budget that was put forth by the Governor. The difference is in money to be spent in Safety, the Department of Transportation, and Health and Human Services. Hold on for the budget debate.
On a sad note, the Vice President of the United States suffered a great loss when his son passed away from cancer. Beau Biden was a friend of mine and truly a wonderful human being. His devotion to his dad was very apparent and his love of family was at the top of his list. For a parent to lose a child is a great tragedy and to have this happen twice is beyond belief. As a father with a son the same age, I don’t know how I could handle such a situation.
Life has not been fair to the Bidens yet they go forward and do what they must. We should all stop for just a moment to reflect on how lucky we are.
We have a tough road ahead but we must move forward and do the best we can.
Sen. Lou D’Allesandro is from Manchester and has represented the people of District 20 for nine terms. For the 2015-2016 legislative session he is Vice Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee and sits on the Finance and Capital Budget Committees. You can reach Sen. D’Allensandro at email@example.com