Governor Hassan Statement on Senate Republicans' Proposed Cuts to DHHS

Statement

By:  Margaret Wood Hassan
Date: May 21, 2013
Location: Concord, NH

Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement today on the proposed cuts by Senate Republicans to the Department of Health and Human Services:

"The cuts outlined today by Senate Republicans are nothing short of devastating for the health and well-being of the people of New Hampshire.

"From cuts to our plan to strengthen our mental health system, to cuts in funds for the developmentally disabled, to cuts for CHINS, critical access hospitals, community health centers, local communities and more, Senate Republicans have decided to ignore the calls of Granite Staters to restore our priorities and meet our fundamental responsibilities, opting instead to continue the irresponsible actions of the last legislature.

"Our ability to create jobs and build a more innovative economic future depends on our efforts to maintain our high quality of life as one of the safest states, healthiest states and most livable states in the nation. We cannot walk away from our responsibility to provide the basic services that are critical to the overall well-being of our families, our businesses, and our communities.

"I urge the New Hampshire legislature to come together, reject these cuts, and move forward with a plan that will allow us to restore critical investments in the priorities that the people support in order to strengthen our economy, create good, middle-class jobs, and ensure a brighter future for the Granite State."