This week the Senate Finance Committee continues to hear from departments and agencies; voting on the budget begins the week of May 9th. This week’s column describes last Friday’s session and two items before the committee: Service Link and a program called Children in Need of Services (CHINS). Both programs were not funded in the budget passed by the House of Representatives.
By State Senator Bob Odell
On Friday as I was driving to Concord, I listened to New Hampshire Public Radio for a few minutes as I often do as I switch between WNTK and NHPR during my morning commute.
Dan Gorenstein, a State House reporter, was telling the story of how lobbyists, not-for-profits as well as individuals are besieging the seven senators who sit on the Finance Committee. Using interviews with Chuck Morse (Salem), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senate President Bragdon (Milford), Dan related how those who are looking for funding in the budget for the next two years for their favored agencies are chasing down finance committee members to plead their case. Continue reading
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