RELEASE: House Democratic Leader Comments on Proposed Allocation of Funds for State Heating Bill

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – The House of Representatives voted today to advance HB 368, legislation which authorizes the Department of Administrative Services to manage the replacement of systems providing heat to state-owned buildings in Concord after the closure of the Concord Steam Corporation.  HB 386 allocates $25 million to purchase and install replacement heating systems for the affected buildings.  House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) released the following statement after the vote:

“House Democrats supported advancing this legislation after receiving assurance from Republican leadership that no programs from either the FY2016-17 or FY2018-19 budgets would be reduced to allocate the funds needed for this project.  The most appropriate funding source for this emergency legislation is the state’s rainy day fund, a fund that was created specifically for situations like this,” saidRepresentative Shurtleff.  “With the assurance from the House Finance Chair that funds for this project will come from the FY2016-17 budget surplus, we are moving forward with the confidence that our state’s existing programs will be unharmed.  Democratic leadership will continue to monitor the implementation of this bill to assure that funding for replacement heating systems is consistent with what was agreed to today.”