Budget contained many worthy items

I am proud of the many accom­plishments from this legislative session, including passage of our state’s capital budget, which improves upon the state’s roads and bridges and provides specific funding for projects such as the Milford District Court.

The Legislature also passed a responsible, balanced budget that meets the needs of the state’s residents and protects taxpay­ers by funding social services – including, Meals on Wheels, developmental disability services and many others. In the midst of an opioid crisis, it increased statewide drug and alcohol fund­ing by 75 percent. Education aid to cities and towns increased and the cap on Adequate Education Grants would have been re­moved. Support for higher educa­tion increased, the Community College System would be able to freeze tuition for another two years and the University System would have received an 8 percent increase.

This budget also included a modest reduction in business taxes for businesses that employ 95 percent of our private sec­tor workforce. New Hampshire ranks 48th in business taxes and will soon have the highest in New England if we do not act now. The budget phased in responsible reductions to the business profits tax and the business enterprise tax over five years, and paid for them.

Unfortunately, the governor vetoed the budget and the state is temporarily operating on last year’s budget. For now, the list of accomplishments in this budget will not happen; I look forward to getting back to work on the budget so we can start moving forward with these important services.

Sen. Gary Daniels