Immediate Action

Hello Gov Sununu – don’t veto the budget

We never read this about our baby faced Governor.

Governor Sununu has threatened to veto our entire state budget simply because the House and the Senate did not include more tax breaks for large, mainly out-of-state, corporations. 

Budget writers negotiated in good faith and addressed many of the Governor’s concerns. But since Governor Sununu didn’t get everything he wants, he’s now threatening to veto the entire state budget over one issue — more tax breaks for large, mainly out-of-state, corporations. 

If the Governor vetoes this budget, he’s choosing corporate tax breaks over Granite Staters and small businesses. Here’s what Governor Sununu is rejecting for his fixation of even more corporate tax breaks:

  • Full funding for the waitlist for people w/ developmental disabilities
  • Over $200 million in property tax relief for Granite State businesses, families, and seniors
  • Full funding to meet our child protection crisis head-on, with staffing and services recommended by numerous audits giving New Hampshire a failing grade on child protection
  • Greatest increase in education funding since Governor Jeanne Shaheen, including stabilization grants, finally full adequacy for full-day kindergarten, and fiscal disparity aid for the schools that need it most 
  • Major investments in mental health including full funding for the 10 year mental health plan, the first statewide children’s mobile crisis unit, and solving the emergency room boarding crisis
  • Support for providers on the front lines of the opioid crisis including funding for emergency shelters and an increase in provider rates
  • Prescription drug relief for low-income seniors
  • Funds a new Secure Psychiatric Unit, not built or run by a private prison company
  • Funding for programs that combat childhood lead poisoning and funding for the lawsuit against the corporations responsible for our water crisis
  • Support for law enforcement including expanding the cold case unit, funding for Granite Shield and the regional drug task forces
  • Investments in job training and New Hampshire small businesses
  • Increased funding for domestic violence crisis centers
  • Women’s health care center funding, filling the the need created by the Trump administrations Title X “gag rule”
  • Investments in workforce and affordable housing at a time when New Hampshire’s housing crisis is hurting our ability to recruit and retain workers

House and Senate leaders worked collaboratively to build a budget that moves New Hampshire forward and works for everyone, not just those at the top.  It’s critical that we let Governor Sununu know how we feel about the budget. Here are 3 things you can do:

  1. Call Governor Sununu’s office at 271-2121 and ask him to sign the budget
  2. Attend tomorrow’s rally at 9am asking the Governor to sign the budget (details here)
  3. Write a letter to the editor letting your friends and neighbors know why this budget is critical to Granite Staters

Thank you for all that you do. As Justice Brandeis has said, “the most important political office is that of the private citizen”, not Governor, not State Senator, not State Representative. Private citizen. We need you now more than ever. Have your voice heard!

Thanks,

Mary Ann and Christine

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