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)