Statement on Approved State Budget

Press Statement

September 25, 2019

CONTACT
Bobbie Burgess, bburgess@new-futures.org, 603.225.9540 ext. 120

NEW FUTURES STATEMENT ON STATE BUDGET

CONCORD, N.H. – This afternoon, after a three-month impasse, the New Hampshire Legislature passed a state budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. In response, Michele Merritt, President and CEO of New Futures, New Hampshire’s leading health policy and advocacy organization, released the following statement:

“The budget approved today is a significant step in the right direction for the health and wellness of the Granite State. This bi-partisan compromise makes critical investments in Early Childhood supports and services, like Medicaid home visiting, funds a more comprehensive system of care for our children, expands dental insurance coverage for those in need, and helps to build a workforce better equipped to address the ongoing addiction and mental health crises.  

“While we are disappointed the budget does not raise the age of sale of tobacco products to 21, it does include licensing requirements and regulations for the sale of e-cigarettes which is a first step in addressing the youth vaping epidemic facing our state.

“On the whole, this budget makes many needed investments to support the health of our children, families and communities.  We thank Governor Sununu and our legislators for adopting this budget, and we look forward to continuing our work together to advance the health and wellness of the Granite State.”

About New Futures

New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents through policy change.

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