The Senate Finance Committee voted 4-2 on party lines to approve the operating budget for the state of New Hampshire for the next two years. The budget is $100 million more than the budget passed by the House of Representatives. This budget must come before the entire Senate on Thursday and will be debated and voted upon. If it passes, it will be sent to the House.
This budget is much different than the budget passed to the Senate; yet in my opinion, it still lacks many items that should be included to benefit the people of New Hampshire. Key items added include money restored to Health & Human Services, the Department of Safety and the Department of Transportation. What is missing are a number of HHS items that are needed and could cause problems if not funded.
The deliberations of the floor of the Senate will be hot and heavy, and amendments will be offered to restore much needed services. Revenue is required to fill holes in the budget. The most troubling issue, as I see it, is that fewer dollars are being returned to the cities and towns causing a financial burden to be passed on to the local property taxpayers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org