A busy time in Concord
To the editor:
Recent weeks at the State House have been busy for all of us with the Committee of Conferences winding down and having our last House Session.
I would like to recap a few things in the budget that I worked really hard on. The budget does appropriate $300 million more to the Department of Health and Human Services. This includes full funding for the DD Waitlist and a significant increase in payments to County Nursing Homes which are near and dear to my heart.
This budget also increases the combined general fund spending to the University and Community College System by over $100 million from the last biennium.
The budget prevents the raid of the LCHIP funds and ensures the full $8 million raised by the program is used for conservation efforts as intended by law. Negotiators on both sides of the budget process deserve recognition for creating this balanced budget for our state.
The budget passed by the House and the Senate is one that is fiscally responsible and does not rely on any new taxes and fees. The cigarette and gas tax hikes were killed... This budget does not contain Medicaid expansion monies which I have been supporting. We cannot lose this money which amounts to billion — yes, that’s with a “B” over the next 3 years — I have a meeting on the 8th of July for all reps and senators to come to the LOB room 205--207 for a briefing about the Plan we have to summit to the Federal Government by July 31 to get our $5 million to start the process. The public is invited .
This has been a good year for me at the State House. I’m back where my passion lies and that’s with HHS (Health and Human Service), I’ve been appointed by the Speaker to sit on the Governor’s Commission on Aging, Chair of the Deaf and Hard of hearing Commission, HHS Oversight Committee, The Lyme Task Force, to be on the WAQU Task Force for the Deaf, subcommittees on long term care services, review process under the medical care price disclosure and transparency, administration of glucagon injections for pupils, covered prescription drugs, mandatory drug testing for certain health care workers, certificate of need board.
Thank you again for electing me to serve you as your State Representative. Please contact me anytime for your feed back. I love what I do and I’m there fighting for you.
Rep. Susan Emerson