Landrigan: Big issues lawmakers passed or killed-under the budget veto radar
While our Democratic governor and Republican Legislature fought over a now-stalled state budget, the 2015 session of regular business came to a close. Some big issues played out but very much under the radar.
Let’s start with the other state budget, the one that pays to build or repair state-owned properties. It’s a $125 million stimulus package for the construction industry.
The $12 million need to build a new prison for women in Concord, a replacement for the old, ailing superior courthouse also in the Capital City and to repair the sad looking gold leaf atop the State House Dome.
Then there are key policy changes that in the closing days went up or down.
Reform of EBT cards making it illegal to covert one into cash to buy tobacco, firearms, alcohol or to gamble.
NH1 Investigates has brought you this one-the crushing cost of property taxes for privately-run charter schools. This plan permits a town or city to decide to tax them at less than full market value.
Finally, what to do with money polluters pay if their power plants fail to meet clean air standards. The House wanted more to go to residential customers; the Senate wanted business to get more of it. They couldn’t agree so the bill died.