Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today on today's party-line vote to pass the Senate Republican budget:
"While there are clearly areas of agreement around critical priorities such as higher education, mental health funding, and economic development, the budget passed by the Senate still falls short in a number of areas that are imperative to moving our state forward. The across-the-board cuts to Health and Human Services and employees will impact critical services and cause hundreds of layoffs, and the rejection of $2.5 billion in federal funds for Medicaid expansion undermines efforts to strengthen our economy and improve the health and financial wellbeing of New Hampshire's working families.
"As the process moves forward, legislators will need to take a bipartisan approach, set ideology aside, and listen to the people of New Hampshire in order to reach a final a balanced budget that reinvests in the priorities needed to build a more innovative economic future.
"I will continue to work with members from both parties in both the House and Senate to improve upon the Senate's plan and finalize a balanced budget that will support job creation, help innovative businesses grow and thrive, and maintain New Hampshire's high quality of life as one of the safest and healthiest states in the nation."