Diana Lacey : Casinos can end NH's long-term budget woes
• Ten years ago we reneged on rates paid to residential providers serving youth in the care of the state. We left some providers going to food pantries by our action.
• Five years ago more than 200 doctors and other health care entities sued the Legislature for illegally taking $110 million from the medical liability insurance fund.
• In the 1970s-1990s state employees were promised free health care in retirement until they died; five years ago we reneged on that promise, leaving thousands of former workers without adequate funds for health care. We remain more than $2 billion in debt to them for even just the partial payment of their health insurance we still offer.
Say yes to casinos now. It may be a drop in the bucket to legislators or casino opponents who have the luxury of saying that, but to the rest of us it is an important step forward.
Diana Lacey is president of the State Employees Association/SEIU Local 1984.
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