N.H. legal organization objects to Sununu’s proposed funding cuts
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Days after Gov. Chris Sununu proposed to cut its state funding in half, New Hampshire Legal Assistance is appealing to the Legislature for help.
“We’ll be talking to legislators of all parties,” said Sarah Mattson Dustin, the executive director of the organization. “This is not funding that has historically been politicized.”
Last week, Sununu released a fiscally conservative budget that included one-time spending increases from state surpluses but also prioritized storing away close to $30 million in the rainy day fund in anticipation of the next recession. Amid that $13 billion spending plan, New Hampshire Legal Assistance, which provides legal services to the poor, saw its budget cut from $1.2 million a year, its present level, down to $650,000.