April 21 - Paving Our Way Forward

Weekly Update 4/21/15

Dear Friend:

The biennial budget process is underway in the Senate and by now I'm sure you've heard all about the draconian, Koch Brothers-endorsed budget of the House Republicans. There have been countless editorials, letters to the editor and outcry from people across the state. Police chiefs, elected officials, seniors, students, clergy, families and many Republicans have spoken out against how these reckless cuts would affect our state and pass the financial burden down to our local communities.

The reason this budget is reckless is because it threatens basic functions that are important to our communities.  For example, their proposal would cut our Department of Transportation budget by $20 million. This would severely restrict the Department's ability to conduct proper winter maintenance and keep our roads safe.

As Governor Hassan tours DOT facilities across the state to discuss the severity of these cuts, workers have repeatedly stated that her proposed budget would give them the proper resources necessary to keep our roads and bridges safe.  As the budget process continues in the Senate, I would hope my Republican colleagues can agree that ensuring citizens' safety is a bipartisan goal.  As we go on, I look forward to keeping you updated on this critical work.

Thank you for all you do,
Jeff Woodburn
Senate Democratic Leader
NH Senate News

State House Dome: All Balsams needs now is $28 million
After canceling a public hearing last week on a bill that would allow the Balsams redevelopment project to go forward, the House Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on the latest plan this week. 

After raptor ordeal, lawmakers look at 4th grade bobcat plan
After New Hampshire lawmakers mocked one fourth-grade class’s effort to name an official state raptor last month, the wily bobcat was faring better yesterday when a state Senate committee backed a plan by another group of school kids to pick an official state wildcat.

Two-part definition emerges in N.H. independent contractor debate
But the three-of-six criteria troubled Sen. Dan Feltes, D-Concord, who testified against the bill. The bill would mean that one of the three criteria for unemployment compensation would now be optional, and as a result, “More people will signed as independent contractors. And that means more people who lose their job won’t get unemployment insurance.”
Budget Hearings
Wednesday, April 22nd at 9:00 AM
DOT Presentation on House Budget
Finance Committee 

Tuesday, April 28th at 9:00 AM
Revenue Presentations
Ways & Means Committee

Tuesday, May 5th at 3:00 PM
HB 1 & 2
Finance Committee

These hearings are open to the public, please attend!

Photo of the Week
Senator Watters, Senator Feltes & Senator Hosmer receive Early Learning Champion Award

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