North Country budget hearing
To the Editor:
Governor Hassan's budget was presented to the Legislature last week amid widespread news coverage. It will now go to the N.H. House Finance Committee. The 25 members of the Finance Committee will examine the Governor's budget line by line. Once the N.H. House has completed its review and developed the House budget, it will be sent to the Senate Finance Committee. In June, the House and Senate committee members will come together to develop and present a final budget to the full House and Senate.
If you're interested in what the governor is proposing you can find a summary of her requests at http://admin.state.nh.us/budget/Budget2014-2015/Executive%20Summary%20Final.pdf . The capital budget summary is found at http://admin.state.nh.us/budget/Budget2014-2015/GovernorsCapitolBudget.pdf. You'll see that there are priorities the governor has set that will be debated over the next few months. A woman's prison, some money for the Career Technical Education Center in the North Country, the return of some money for the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program, an increase in the mental health budget with $80 million coming from a destination casino for revenue are just a few of the issues that will be discussed.
As part of the House review of the Governor's budget and the development of the House budget, the members of the House Finance Committee would like to hear from you. There is a budget hearing scheduled on March 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the White Mountain Regional School. North Country Representative Tom Buco (Conway), Representative Bill Hatch (Gorham) and Representative Susan Ford (Easton) are members of the Finance committee. While Tom, Bill and I will be concentrating on and listening carefully to the views of the North Country, all members of the committee are interested in learning what the North Country priorities are for the 2014-2015 fiscal biennium budget.