The only public budget hearing before the Senate Finance Committee will be held on Tuesday, May 2, in the Representatives Hall at the State House in Concord, NH. The hearing starts at 1 p.m. and will continue through the afternoon and into the evening if needed. Your testimony is critical to ensure the Finance Committee understand the critical funding need for developmental disability services. Pizza and water will be provided for families and staff.
Click here for a testimony template that you can use to create your statement/testimony for the Senate Budget Hearings. If you testified or wrote testimony for the House budget hearings, you can simply change the date and chairman's name to use for the Senate hearing.
Click here for talking points to help put together your statement, with specifics for ESS, In Home Supports, Waitlist, or Family Support.
The overall message is the same as it was for the House: Please fully fund developmental disability services.
If you are a family with a child aging out (turning 21) who will be put on the wait list, please speak specifically to that. The 30-45 second testimonies at the hearing were extremely beneficial. People are encouraged to write their full story on their written testimony (which will be distributed to committee members) and summarize it to about 30-45 seconds for testifying at the hearing.
For those who have not been to Concord before, a few tips:
Take Rt. 93 to exit 14, and go left at the end of the ramp. The State House has the gold dome, and can be entered from the front or back.
Take quarters to pay for parking, and take note of what the time limit is. Most of the meters are 2 hours, and ticketing is aggressive. There is a parking garage on State Street (behind the State House), which has meters good for up to 8 hours.
Go to the lobby when you enter the building, and get a button to wear. Representatives Hall is on the second floor. When you get there, be sure to sign in on a pink card if you wish to speak, and the blue sheet if you are not speaking.
Let's fill the hall, and leave no doubt that the citizens of NH want our reps to "fully fund the developmental services budget."
We are so grateful to to our 2017 Run~Walk~Smile sponsors whose generous support makes it possible for us to raise awareness as well as funds for dental care for adults with developmental disabilities.
We’re especially thankful for our Lead Sponsors, Savings Bank of Walpole and Children’s Dental Care.
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Earlier this month, the NH House failed to pass a budget for the next biennium. Crossover Day arrived, when all House bills go over to the Senate, and all Senate bills go to the House for action.
The Senate is now responsible for putting together the bill providing the State's budget for FY2018-2019. They will presumably start with the Governor's budget request and try to craft a budget that will get the support of both houses, and provide sufficient funding for the myriad of programs that people depend on. Once the Senate has finished its work, there will be a Committee of Conference, composed of House and Senate members, to work out a document that will pass both houses and go to the governor for his signature.
The Senate Finance Committee will be meeting with department heads during the last week in April. It is anticipated that the public hearing on the budget will take place Tuesday, May 2 starting at 1 p.m. At this time, no date has been announced. There will be no regional hearings, but instead, a single marathon session beginning in the afternoon and, after a recess for dinner, continuing until late in the evening.
We ask that you follow the testimony outline that was used for the House, and simply change the people to whom it is addressed. Eight (8) copies will be needed. If you have your "People Can't Wait" button, get ready to wear it again in May.
Senate Finance Committee Members:
Gary Daniels, Chairman (R-Milford)
John Reagan, V Chairman (R-Deerfield)
Bob Giuda (R-Warren)
Chuck Morse (R-Salem)
Lou D'Allesandro (D-Manchester)
Dan Feltes (D-Concord)
A budget floor amendment (2017-1213 – see below) has been added to the House budget that will provide about $24 million for developmental services per year in the next two-year state budget. The amendment will likely be offered on the House floor this Wednesday, April 5.
Spread the word to ask your House Reps. to support amendment 2017-1213h to HB 1. The amendment will provide much needed waitlist and direct care worker funding for the DD system.
The current budget proposal does not fully fund the waitlist and does not provide a pay raise to direct care providers. These critical workers haven’t seen an increase in pay in nearly 10 years.
Click here to find out who is your representative in the NH House, and to get contact information for your representative(s).
Floor Amendment to HB 1-A
Proposed by Reps. Rosenwald (D-Nashua), Wallner (D-Concord) and McMahon (R-Windham)
Amend the bill by inserting after section 8 the following new section:
9 Department of Health and Human Services; Appropriation for Developmental Services. In addition to the amounts appropriated in section 1 of this act, the sum of $23,608,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, and the sum of $23,608,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, shall be appropriated to account 05-95-93-930010-7100, class 502, for the purpose of funding developmental services. Of these amounts, 50 percent shall be state general funds and 50 percent shall be federal funds. The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for the general fund share of said sums out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.