Amendment 1168H to restore millions in disabilities budget cuts was brought to the House floor for vote today. Its provisions were reviewed with House members by Rep. Nordgren (D-Hanover). She spoke about Meals on Wheels, ServiceLink, Personal Care Services, transportation supports and other supports for seniors. DD, ABD and In Home Supports were explained to the members, and benefits noted.

"These people will be forced to fight for bread crumbs," shared Rep. Rogers from Concord. "Is this a responsible budget?" she asked. "This is a callous disregard for people and downshifts to the community. Do the right thing and vote yes on this amendment," she closed.

Rep. McGuire (R-Epsom) spoke against the amendment. "This is an unbalanced amendment. If there were extra money, in three of these four places, I would personally spend on it. For developmental services, the actual spending is $118 million for 2014; what is budgeted for 2016 and 2017, we are budgeting $131 million; this is an increase. So this amendment is an increase on top of an increase."

Rep. Neal Kurk, Chair of the House Finance Committee, said "the responsible thing to do is not to vote for an unbalanced budget."

The Roll Call vote taken, and the amendment was voted down, with 182 voting for, 193 against. If six of these reps had voted yes instead of no, the amendment would have passed.

The vote was closer than expected. People's voices really did make a positive impact today. Now the battle shifts to the Senate.

Which representatives voted for or against the floor amendment?

Click here to view those who voted to support the floor amendment.

Click here to view those who voted against the floor amendment.

Today's floor amendment 1168H would have:

  • Restored the Developmental Services system to the Governor's funding level, reversing a $52 million total funding cut by the House Finance committee.
  • Restored the Administration on Aging (AOA) and Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funding to the Governor's levels under the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) budget, a $10.5 million General Funding cut.
  • Restored State funding for ServiceLink.
  • Restored funding for emergency shelters for the homeless population.

 

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