June 6, 2019
Contact Name: Sara Persechino
Phone: (603) 271-3479
CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire Senate passed HB 1 and HB 2 as amended, regarding the state’s operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21.
“The budget is the most important piece of legislation the state considers—it impacts every single person in our state and is an expression of our values. Senate Democrats have built a budget New Hampshire can be proud of that will continue moving our state forward,” said Senate President Donna Soucy (D-Manchester). “Working together, we’ve passed a balanced budget that invests in mental health funding, addresses the opioid epidemic, protects the safety and well-being of children, prioritizes public education, supports law enforcement, and delivers much-needed meaningful property tax relief to New Hampshire cities and towns. I am grateful for the work of every legislator and advocate who has helped to build the budget we have today and look forward to continuing to collaborate with my colleagues in the House and Governor Sununu to guarantee that the final state budget provides every Granite Stater with the opportunity to build a good life.”
Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, added, “The Senate budget does more to support New Hampshire cities and towns than at any time in the last ten years—without implementing any new taxes. By implementing as-needed business tax reform, we make sure that businesses pay their fair share and the state is able to do as much for as many people as possible. This budget dedicates the greatest new state investment in local public schools in almost two decades and delivers $40 million over the biennium in unrestricted revenue redistribution that towns and cities can use to address any issue they believe needs additional funds.”
“This is a balanced budget with no new taxes, no new fees, that finally addresses the many crises facing our families, our communities, and our state,” said Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord), Majority Leader and Vice Chair of Senate Finance. “From the crisis of emergency room boarding of mental health patients, to the crisis of domestic violence against children and insufficient child protection, to the greatest increase in funding for public schools since Governor Jeanne Shaheen, this budget meets those challenges and helps to expand economic opportunity for everyone, not simply the entitled elite.”