In case you missed it, in an op-ed published in the Union Leader, State Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy and State House Democratic Leader Matt Wilhelm highlighted New HampshireDemocrats’ leadership in delivering a strong, bipartisan state budget that addresses the pressing needs of Granite Staters. Read the full op-ed here.
What will be sent to Governor Chris Sununu’s desk is legislation that works to tackle a broad range of challenges currently facing our communities by increasing funding for affordable housing, public education, and health care.
Democrats fought to include $25 million for the Affordable Housing Fund, $10 million for InvestNH, and $5.25 million for the newly formed Housing Champions program. Together, these programs implement new incentives for cities and towns to build and maintain affordable housing.
The budget also provides $10 million for shelters to support our unhoused neighbors, ensuring that all Granite Staters are able to find a safe and accessible place to live, even in the short-term.
We know that our health care workforce shortage has impacted our residents’ ability to access the health care they need, and with this increase in provider rates, health care facilities will be better positioned to hire and retain staff.
Another key priority for Democrats throughout this process has been securing a significant investment in public education.
We advocated for a budget that invests $169 million in public education, with specific provisions for the schools and students that need it most.