Greg Moore: There is much to like in the new state budget
Unlike the way things work in Washington, where if you want to spend more you simply borrow money from future generations, in Concord our legislators are required to pass a balanced budget. That means that legislators can’t simply put off tough decisions; they need to look into the eyes of individuals, agency heads and special interests who want more money and say, “no,” the same way a parent has to tell a child that the family can’t afford to go to Disney World this year.
Equally important for the state’s long-term fiscal health is the fact that this budget does not include the expansion of the Medicaid program under Obamacare. While advocates for bringing Obamacare to New Hampshire have talked about all the “free money” from the federal government — as if state taxpayers somehow are not also federal taxpayers — adding tens of thousands of new individuals onto government health care would invite many problems. Among those problems are the long-term implications to our state’s financial health, the increase to private insurance that would ensue, and the dumping of many people from high-quality private insurance to substandard Medicaid, all of which make expansion a bad deal for the Granite State. Removing Obamacare Medicaid expansion from this budget was a critical victory for taxpayers and citizens across the state.
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