Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today on the Senate Finance Committee's budget:
"In order to support business growth and create good jobs that can sustain a strong middle class, we must invest in the priorities that will build the foundation for a more innovative economic future.
"While the Senate Finance Committee has begun to recognize in its revenue estimates New Hampshire's strengthening economy and has made some progress on restoring priorities, they have unfortunately chosen the fiscally irresponsible approach of sweeping, across-the-board cuts instead of being forthright about the programs they would eliminate. These deep cuts to Health and Human Services and employees will cost hundreds of jobs and put at risk critical areas, including mental health care, funding the waitlist for people with developmental disabilities, the CHINS program, and the ability to deliver basic services.
"Additionally, the Committee's rejection of $2.5 billion from the federal government to expand health coverage to thousands of working families is a shortsighted decision that will undermine the health of our communities and hurt our economy.
"As the process moves forward, I will continue to work with members of both parties in both chambers to make improvements and finalize a balanced budget that encourages job creation, spurs innovative economic growth, and protects the health and well-being of New Hampshire's families and communities."