Senate Democrats Push Back on Irresponsible, Harmful State Budget

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us

CONCORD – Today, Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy (D-Manchester), Deputy Senate Democratic Leader Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua), and Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) fought back against a state budget crafted by Senate Republicans that leaves essential programs unfunded, implements dangerous policies that have nothing to do with the state’s allocation of general funds, and favors a small percentage of the wealthy over the majority of New Hampshire residents.


After the vote, Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) and Deputy Senate Democratic Leader Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) issued the following statements:


“I am extremely disappointed that this budget puts such an emphasis on advancing extremist policies while leaving behind the majority of Granite Staters,” stated Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy (D-Manchester). “This budget underfunds public education, underfunds homeless shelter services, and underfunds support services for our most vulnerable children and families while giving tax breaks to the extremely wealthy and large out-of-state corporations. HB 1 and HB 2 are not representative of the people of New Hampshire, and I am extremely disappointed that the wellbeing of most Granite Staters was ignored in order to push an extreme partisan agenda.”


Deputy Senate Democratic Leader Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) added, “This budget pushes forward anti-family, anti-public education, and anti-Granite State policies while underfunding essential services that so many citizens rely on. The inclusion of an abortion ban, a school voucher program, and a state-imposed gag rule banning the discussion of divisive concepts are further proof that Senate Republicans have no interest in listening to their constituents, because they would rather give handouts to the extremely wealthy. While this budget may ease the burden on property taxpayers in the short-term, this assistance will be intentionally short-lived and is ultimately entirely unsustainable.”


Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) added, “The reckless tax cuts in this budget will help big businesses who don’t need our help. In the long run, local property tax payers will remember the burden, and in the next few years, essential services for our local communities will be reduced. I want property taxpayers to remember the actions taken today when their tax bills spike and their local services are cut. Today Republicans decided to advocate for the super wealthy and turn their backs on the hardworking Granite Staters who have made this state great.”


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