Senate Finance Committee Removes $50 million Back-of-the-Budget Cut to Department of Health & Human
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
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CONCORD – Today, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved an amendment presented by Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) and Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) to remove the $50 million back-of-the-budget cut to the Department of Health & Human Services, which House Republicans had supported in the budget.
After the vote, Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) and Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) issued the following statement:
“It is the job of the legislature to craft the 2-year state budget, and that includes directing departments and agencies on how to prioritize spending. The House version of the budget included a staggering $50 million back-of-the-budget cut, leaving it up to the Department to decide where and how to strip $50 million worth of programming and services in the next two years. These cuts would have potentially jeopardized services to at-risk children, the elderly, and the disabled, and posed a threat to those most vulnerable in our communities. I am proud that today the Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously to eliminate this irresponsible provision, and I thank my colleagues on the other side of the aisle for their support.”