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Governor should sign

The New Hampshire Public Health Association is a statewide membership organization composed of health care and public health professionals. For over 25 years, it has brought together members who share a common goal of making sure that all of New Hampshire citizens live, learn, work and play in safe and healthy environments. On behalf of its members, NHPHA wants to thank the Senate and the House of Representatives for their bipartisan work compiling 2020-2021 Budget for the State of New Hampshire. If a state budget is a reflection of what our elected officials’ value and are willing to fund, then this proposed budget for 2020-2021 is a budget that values children, education, mental health and the health and economic well-being for individuals of all ages who live in New Hampshire. This budget addresses the crisis of boarding of mental health patients in emergency rooms, it adds the resources necessary to combat childhood lead poisoning from paint and from water, and it creates of first- of – its-kind prescription drug benefit helping low – income seniors afford much needed medications. While important issues such as the Family and Medical Leave Program were removed from the budget in the spirit of compromise with Gov. Chris Sununu , this budget provides important and much -needed funding for issues that our public health community supports. It is NHPHA’s hope that the governor shares the values reflected in this budget and chooses to sign rather than veto the budget

Joan Ascheim, HSM

Executive Director

Jascheim@nhpha.org

Marcella Jordan Bobinsky

Board President

marcellajbobinsky@gmail.com