CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, the House of Representatives approved the Committee of Conference report on House Bill 1, sending the budget bill to Governor Sununu’s desk. Following the vote, Representative Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord), Ranking Democrat on the House Finance Committee, released the following statement:
“House Bill 1 simply does not meet the needs of our constituents or our state. Cuts to vital programs and services will negatively impact citizens most in need in our state. Irresponsible tax changes that favor large, out of state corporations and the wealthiest in our state will force our towns and communities to increase property taxes.”
Representative Marjorie Smith (D-Durham) added, “House Bill 1 underfunds preventive health care like contraception and cancer screening, reduces the family planning line from previous budgets, and does not take into account the loss of federal funds due to the Tile X gag rule. Despite the claims that no funds are cut, there is a cut of $3.2 million for the entire family planning network – a network with the shared mission to provide quality, affordable services to all Granite Staters, regardless of income or zip code, including rural areas which we know are underserved.”
Representative Sharon Nordgren (D-Hanover) added, “One of the most pressing issues brought to forefront over the last year and a half is homelessness. This budget does not give adequate funds to DHHS to support the youth rapid rehousing program that addresses teen homelessness. We should be funding and expanding rental assistance and supportive services for our constituents who are experiencing homelessness, not leaving them out in the cold.”
Representative Josh Query (D-Manchester) added, “House Bill 1 significantly underfunds the Family Planning Program, which covers birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment to patients all over our state. This program is about being proactive, breaking down barriers to access, and ensuring coverage for over 15,000 Granite Staters who may have lower incomes, be uninsured, or may be underinsured.