Senate Democrats to pitch $12.9 billion budget on the road

  • The New Hampshire State House in Concord on Oct. 4, 2018 Sarah Pearson

Monitor staff
Published: 6/10/2019 6:35:56 PM

Days after the New Hampshire Senate passed a $12.9 billion budget proposal, Democrats are taking it on the road.

Democratic state senator Jay Kahn will be at Keene State College on Tuesday at the Alumni Center at 12:45 p.m. to pitch the Senate’s plan, joining with college president Melissa Treadwell and School Administrative Unit 29 Superintendant Robert Malay.

And Sen. Cindy Rosenwald will host a presentation at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Southern New Hampshire in Nashua, standing with hospital officials and physicians to talk about increased health care spending in the budget.

The tours come as the state’s two budget bills head to the House floor, after being voted out on narrow 14-10 partisan lines. The House is expected to vote Thursday to send them to a committee of conference for both chambers to work out their differences.

Senate Democrats have championed their budget as a needed boost to health care, mental health, substance use treatment, child services and education needs, and touted efforts to send money back to cities and towns. This week, Senate Democrats have pointed to town-by-town revenue sharing numbers; Concord, for instance, would receive $2.7 million, according to figures from the Legislative Budget Assistant.

But House Democrats have taken issue with a lowered overall spend on education, which came as Senate Democrats put more money into health care and behavioral health, complicating negotiations in coming weeks. And the Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican,has expressed opposition to a partial rollback of business tax cuts and to what he sees as an unsustainable increase in ongoing funding obligations.

The Legislature has until June 27 to send a budget to Sununu, who has threatened he might veto it in the past.

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