March 28 - O'Brien-Jasper Budget 2.0

The cuts keep coming...                                                                                                                                 

Weekly Update 3/28/15

Dear Friend:
 
After seeing the destructive measures House Republicans took to the budget last week, we shouldn't have been surprised this week when they picked up right where they left off. 

First, they cut $88 million out of the Department of Transportation. This short-sighted measure would result in laying off half of the DOT staff, which would leave roads unplowed, bridges uninspected, and halt much needed road maintenance.

After an avalanche of criticism, they hastily tried to cover up their failure by slashing $28 million from the university system, raiding $50 million in dedicated funds for renewable energy, repealing Medicaid expansion from 37,000 Granite Staters, and cutting essential services like meals on wheels for seniors.   

The state budget reflects the priorities and values of the state and the people, and the Republicans' budget clearly shows their priorities. Their draconian cuts shut down road and bridge projects, lay off workers, increase the cost of education, decrease critical services for senior citizens and downshift the burden to local property tax payers has never been representative of our values. 

Republican legislators aren't writing this budget to reflect our values; they're doing it to reflect those of the Koch Brothers.  Nothing says that better then when Greg Moore, Director of Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity NH, officially backed the O'Brien-Jasper budget.  

This is the wrong direction for our state. It has been proven time and time again that smart investments in healthcare, education, and infrastructure - create growth and opportunity. Please share and inform your friends, family, and neighbors so that we can let Republicans know what our values are.

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

 
NH Senate News

Senate GOP pass 30-day residency requirement to make it harder for NH citizens to vote
Democratic Sen. Bette Lasky worried about the ability of a teacher who moves to New Hampshire just before the start of a new school year to vote. Under this bill, that teacher would be restricted from voting in the September primary, even though they are a New Hampshire resident and plan to stay here. "It's not worthy of this body to try to disenfranchise our citizens to solve problems that are not credible," Lasky said.

Op-Ed: Does Washington know better than NH?
I find it hard to believe that New Hampshire’s Republicans, so vocal in their defense of states rights and local control, are now willing to let Washington, DC send millions of our tax dollars south and west to build schools and roads and fund first responders.

Red-tailed hawk bill is far from dead, NH Senate plans revival
Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn, D-Dalton, said the best way to keep this cause alive would be to attach this bill to the House-passed measure that designated the bobcat as the state wildcat. "This obviously would be a germane topic to add the red-tailed hawk bill to another one dealing with a state designation,'' Woodburn said.

Photo of the Week
Senator Woodburn welcoming students from White Mountain School

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