D’Allesandro provides state budget update to Aldermen

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State Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) on July 9. (Manchester Public Television Screenshot)

MANCHESTER, N.H. – On Tuesday night, State Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) made comments to the Manchester Board of Aldermen regarding Governor Sununu’s recent veto of the legislature’s proposed state budget and state expenditure figures.

D’Allesandro expressed his disappointment on the veto, describing the proposed state budget as the best state budget for New Hampshire communities within the last decade, with $40 million earmarked for municipalities such as Manchester to use at their own discretion.

He told the board that the budget impasse also will cost New Hampshire federal matching funds for mental health initiatives and also remove $350,000 for Narcan in Manchester and Nashua.

“All of these items are needed by every community, but most importantly by this community. This community is the heart and soul of the economic development of our state,” he said. “If we can’t support our communities across the state, then we’re in deep trouble.”

D’Allesandro also warned the aldermen that if nothing is done, Manchester will also receive less than expected in state aid for education funding.

D’Allesandro told the board that members of the legislature will hold meetings later in the week with the governor in an attempt to address the impasse, and the legislature will go back into session on August 1.