June 28, 2019: Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed the two-year revised state budget crafted by the Committee of Conference and passed by both the Senate and House on June 27. He says saying the plan threatens New Hampshire's economic growth. As a result the default budget -- the budget for this past fiscal year -- has now come into play as a working budget until things get resolved.

June 15, 2019: The three "budgets", (or three "versions" of the budget) -- the one originally from Governor Sununu, the House Budget and the Senate budget -- have been combined into HB1 and HB2, with amendments and revisions both by the House and Senate Finance Committees.

Now the budget rests in a Committee of Conference, where it will be hammered out by Senate and House members of the committee. They must give a final budget to Governor Sununu by June 27. This is called a reconciliation.

HB1 - Re: making appropriations for the expenses of certain departments of the state for fiscal years ending 6/30/20 and 6/30/2021. The HB1 Committee of Conference members are:
Senate: Lou D'Allesandro, Dan Feltes, Cindy Rosenwald, John Reagan; (ALT) Donna Soucy, (ALT) Jay Kahn
House: Mary Jane Wallner (Chair), Douglas Ley, Patricia Lovejoy, Susan Ford, David Huot; (ALT) William Hatch, (ALT) Susan Almy, (ALT)Sharon Nordgren

HB2 - Re: state fees, funds, revenues and expenditures. The HB2 Committee of Conference members are:
Senate: Lou D'Allesandro, Dan Feltes, Cindy Rosenwald, John Reagan; (ALT) Donna Soucy, (ALT) Jay Kahn
House: Mary Jane Wallner, Douglas Ley, Patricia Lovejoy, Sharon Nordgren, Susan Ford; (ALT) David Juneau, (ALT) Joelle Martin, (ALT) Richard Ames

HB692 - Re: dental benefits for adults on Medicaid. This is at risk because the Senate dropped this bill from its revised version of the House budget.

SB308 - Re: appropriation for the health care workforce. Now is a good time to call or e-mail the Committee of Conference members (see contact info below) to urge them to appropriate funds to keep the highest possible rate for Medicaid Reimbursement. There is some disagreement about how much and when to increase the rate, but there is no doubt that the increase must happen. Governor Sununu included a 2.5% increase in his original budget. The Senate increased the rate to 12% over 2 years. Now it is set at 6% and will be discussed at the Committee of Conference, along with the entire budget.

For latest information on where bills stand, click links below:
    Concord Monitor article
    NH Business Review article
    NH General Court schedule of Committees of Conference

Contacts for the Committee of Conference members (HB1 & HB2)
Senate:
Lou D'Allesandro: 603-271-2600; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dan Feltes: 603-271-3042; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cindy Rosenwald: 603-271-4980; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
John Reagan: 603-271-4063;
House:
Mary Jane Wallner: 603-224-1632; no email
Douglas Ley: 603-899-4027; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Patricia Lovejoy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sharon Nordgren: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Susan Ford: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The more calls made and emails sent, the more likely the Senate and House will push for more money for education, mental health and the Medicaid rate increase.

We hope you will make your voice heard. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need more information.

Marylouise Alther
Legislative Liaison
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