Hassan faults NH Senate for across-the-board cuts
Gov. Maggie Hassan spoke at the New Hampshire Forum on the Future breakfast on Friday. (Pat Grossmith/Union Leader)
Hassan, speaking at the New Hampshire Forum on the Future breakfast Friday at the Bedford Village Inn, said the Senate budget includes a $50 million cut to state employees, "a group that has sacrificed significantly in recent budgets, and a cut that will dramatically hurt the services the Senate claims to be investing in."
"Now, I regret to say that Senate budget writers are responding to these critiques by muddying the waters rather than addressing the real impact of their actions. They will tell you that their budget provides more spending for HHS than the House budget did. Of course, if they aren't covering all the money going out with enough money going into HHS, they're creating a hole," she said.
"Medicaid expansion would stabilize our health care system by reducing cost-shifting on businesses, making it easier for families to succeed financially and improving the health of our citizens," she said.
"Those are federal tax dollars that the people of New Hampshire paid, that the people of New Hampshire deserve, and that our families and economy need," she said to loud applause from those attending which including university and college presidents, politicians, business owners, among others.
Senate President Peter Bragdon, R-Milford, said then he had reservations about the federal government meeting its obligation to pay 100 percent for the first three years, gradually reducing its share to 90 percent after seven years.
The New Hampshire Forum on the Future is in its eighth year and focuses on issues shaping the state's future economically, socially and culturally with respect to education, the environment and historic traditions.
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