May 4, 2015 4:23 PM
Landrigan: State officials spell out cuts on eve of state budget hearing
CONCORD - On the eve of its big public hearing, Senate budget writers have been pouring over House cuts made to Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget.
"So if they were to lose half of their funding, I think, I know it would impact on the organization itself and really jeopardize the continuation of those organizations,’’ State elderly services director Diane Langley said.
She also said cash-strapped meals programs can’t survive a 50 percent cut in the House budget.
One said it makes no sense to cut programs that save taxpayers money by helping seniors remain at home.
"It seems like Service Link, transportation, meals on wheels really is not only cost effective, it also seems to be the dignified way for seniors to age,’’ said State Sen. Andrew Hosmer, D-Laconia.
Three cuts expected to figure prominently at Tuesday’s hearing - the elimination of ServiceLink, a 50 percent cut for Meals on Wheels and a $6 million reduction in substance abuse grants.
"We’ll hear the emotional stories we hear year after year after year,’’ said Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester. "We spent a lot of work in the last biennium restoring what was destroyed in the previous biennium. Now we are going back.’’