- Keno gambling ( leaves it up to town and cities as to whether to allow it in restaurants and bars. 8% to the licensees with most of the rest money going into the state's education trust fund) Cordelli, Wright: Yea. Crawford : Nay Passed 206 Yea to 176 Nay
- Adds back $36 million in public school funding, eliminates the creation of a chief operating officer, cuts overtime pay in the Department of Corrections and drains $10 million from the state's rainy day fund, cuts $2.5 from the community college system and cuts seven nursing positions at the New Hampshire Hospital. All three Reps voted Yea. Passed 210 Yea to 170 Nay
- Amendment to restore a 2% pay raise for State employees and an increased cigarette tax failed 167 Yea to 199 Nay. Cordelli and Wright voted Nay. Crawford Yea.
One of the more ridiculous statements I read today was from Rep. Dan McGuire (r) Merrimac, who offered that perhaps New Hampshire has so much heroin addiction is because of Medicaid expansion so more people have access to addiction treatment. Rep. McGuire was not aware apparently that the addiction treatment benefit has only been in place for 3 months. The 12 months prior to the expansion of this benefit saw 300 or so NH residents expire due to drug overdoses.
The NH Senate will now take its shot at a budget and will have the benefit of more accurate revenue projections and I hope a more realistic view of where our limited resources should be spent and where they should not be cut.