To The Daily Sun,
The last couple of days have seen a couple of self-congratulatory letters from members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. When you read what they have to say, it's important to remember that both of these gentlemen voted in favor of the draconian cuts proposed by Rep. Spanos and his Republican colleagues on the House Finance Committee.
You may recall these cuts included Meals on Wheels, the developmentally disabled, nursing homes, substance abuse treatment, Service Link, ambulance service, and tourism development, to name a few. According to Rep. Gallagher and his Republican colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee, we couldn't afford them because the governor's revenue estimates were way too high and things like reducing business taxes were way more important.
Now, all of a sudden, they're congratulating each other because the Senate miraculously found the money the governor said was coming in after all, and made the future hole created by settlement of Medicaid Enhancement Tax and Mental Health suits invisible.
As Rep. Spanos says, 92 percent of our economy is small business. Too bad three-quarters of the business tax cut is going to benefit 1.2 percent of the businesses. On top of that, it is disheartening to hear a public official complain that people who can't afford health insurance are a burden to "working Americans". I'll bet more than a few of the millions of people who now have health insurance under the ACA are "working Americans" who are not a burden on anyone.
David O. Huot
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