Rep, Martin Harty, who last week said the state’s “defective people” should be sent to Siberia or the Granite State equivalent, has resigned. But lawmakers who espouse policies every bit as heartless are still in power.
This morning, the Concord Monitor reported :
The 2012-2013 budget proposed by Gov. John Lynch would have given Health and Human Services – the state’s largest department – $621 million less than the agency calculated it would need to maintain current services. But Republican leaders who control the House say Lynch’s revenue estimates are $300 million too high. They also object to the governor’s cuts to local aid. House Finance Committee members have pledged to make up the difference through deeper spending cuts.
There is little doubt that cuts that deep will cause death and suffering for those who depend on state-funded services to live dignified lives.
The rally included experienced activists like Rev. Dwight Haynes, who m arched with Dr. King from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, but included others who said this was their first time demonstrating at all.
Solidarity with Wisconsin’s public sector workers, who have been stripped of their collective bargaining rights, was another popular sentiment at the rally, which was part of MoveOn.org’s “Save the Dream” campaign.
New Hampshire workers face a formidable fight to keep our state from adopting anti-union policies like Right to Work (for Less), which has already passed the House and has the support of Senate leaders.
But perhaps people are finally waking up.