Told ya so: More Woodburn grandstandingEDITORIAL
February 22. 2018 7:22PM
Jeff Woodburn wants you to think the financial struggles of drug treatment centers across New Hampshire could have been avoided if the Legislature had adopted his proposed budget gimmick.
The Dalton Democrat drafted a bill to raid the state’s rainy day fund to provide increased state funding for the opioid crisis. The Senate wisely rejected Woodburn’s partisan stunt, predictably along party lines.
State Senate Democrats care little about the state’s fiscal safety net. Their last attempt to write a state budget under Gov. John Lynch resulted in a fiscal train wreck that almost wiped out the rainy day fund.
Serenity Place in Manchester declared bankruptcy after severe problems of financial oversight. Hope for New Hampshire Recovery is closing several offices, but maintains a sustainable treatment center in Manchester. Nashua’s Harbor Homes is facing a deficit for its Safe Station program, as it did last year.
Woodburn claims his rainy day raid might have prevented these problems. But it is not just about money; it’s management.
State and federal support for drug programs has increased substantially over the past several years.
Money alone cannot solve these problems. We require serious people working in good faith, not grandstanding hacks like Woodburn who take every opportunity to launch partisan attacks.