To The Daily Sun,
Executive Councilor Joe Kenney's recent (March 17) Letter to the Editor states the obvious: all Granite Staters are in favor of the maximal budgetary support for our seniors and nursing homes.
In the budget process, choices must be made. So far, choices at the Statehouse have favored business tax cuts over nursing homes, Department of Transportation jobs, elderly services such as home delivered meals and in-home caregivers, ServiceLink and the continuation of Medicaid expansion, which opened access to health care services to over 37,000 low-income New Hampshire residents. Other potential targets to offset these business tax cuts include the Tilton Veterans Home, the state University System and the State Police.
But as a recent Concord Monitor column pointed out, "there's no reason to believe that ... reducing business taxes will attract and retain businesses." What they go on to say deserves additional emphasis: "(t)here is, however, good reason to believe that making up for lost revenue will require even deeper cuts ... (that will) make the state less, rather than more, attractive to young, well-educated workers and the businesses seeking to hire them."
Businesses looking to relocate to our state look for great schools, safe roads, secure neighborhoods and services for extended family members such as grandparents and the developmentally disabled. These are the resources put at risk by our New Hampshire Legislature.
It's simply wrong to grandstand on behalf of seniors while supporting other budget cuts that will make that support impossible to deliver. Councilor Kenney and state Sen. Jeanie Forrester need to be honest with their constituents about the entirety of the budget package they support.
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