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State Budget

Happy Summer in Autumn, Bedford! Despite the recent 80 degree temperatures, those leaves are changing...and you know what they say about New England weather; if you don't like it, you just have to wait a minute! 60s on Monday...

But, more important than the weather: we have a state budget! On Wednesday, the House and Senate voted in an overwhelmingly bipartisan manner to pass HB 3 and HB 4, the compromise forged between the Governor and Legislative Leadership. In true collaboration, concessions were made by both sides to arrive at a consensus that benefits the entire state.

Some of the highlights include:

* $138 million additional dollars to schools that includes kindergarten funding equal to Grades 1-12

* A 3.1% increase in Medicaid provider reimbursement rates that will hopefully attract more workers and retain the ones we have

* Funding to increase the number of child abuse investigation workers at DCYF

* Additional support for the 10 Year Mental Health Plan Mobile Crisis Units, Step Up programs and services to children

* Suicide prevention training in all public schools

* $40 million of revenue sharing sent back to communities to offset property taxes

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So, how does this translate to Bedford?

$371,352 municipal aid + $316,888 aid to schools __________________________ $688,240 total additional funds

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By definition, a "compromise" means that nobody got exactly what they wanted, but everybody got a budget that reflects the needs of the people of the great state of NH. I am honored to have been a part of such a valiant attempt to protect the most vulnerable among us.

As always, you can reach me at sue.mullen@leg.state.nh.us. with any questions or concerns.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend as you enjoy this fabulous weather! sm


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