To The Daily Sun,
Madam Governor, listen to the weakest voices!
It is unlikely that our governor or (Health and Human Services) commissioner will ever be on Medicaid. They will probably not spend their remaining days in one of our county nursing homes. Perhaps that is why they can so easily propose to cut funds earmarked for the oldest and frailest among us. The governor needs to be reminded that these funds are not in her pocketbook to do with as she pleases. They are state funds voted by the state Legislature for this purpose and only for this purpose.
On Jan. 14 it was reported that state revenues year-to-date were beating estimates by $19.2 million, yet at the rate of current spending that would only result in a projected surplus of a mere $44,000.
Madam Governor, where are you spending our money? Wherever it is can you justify taking more from those who can't speak for themselves in Concord?
Yes, stop the bleeding of the state budget, but don't do it at the expense of the infirm and those dedicated to caring for them in their final days. Listen to the weakest of voices and act responsibly.
Senator Jeanie Forrester and a host of other legislators are challenging the Governor's proposed action. You and I should, too.
Edward C. Touhey
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