Press Release

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Sheila Vargas, PH: (603) 731-8051, svargas@new-futures.org
New Futures, Communications Director

Meghan Farrell, PH: (508) 423-5185, mfarrell@new-futures.org
New Futures Kids Count, Communications Coordinator

ADVOCATING FOR A BUDGET THAT IMPROVES THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF ALL GRANITE STATERS

CONCORD, NH –New Futures, Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, Smart Start NH, and partner organizations brought together advocates from across New Hampshire to rally at the State House on Thursday morning, the day that the House deliberated on their version of the state budget. Though in the end the House did not pass a budget, the advocates voiced their support on three specific priorities that they believe should be preserved and appropriately funded in the state budget: the Alcohol Fund, full-day kindergarten and child care.

Advocates voiced concern after issues like the Alcohol Fund and full-day kindergarten had been thus far underfunded in House budget talks. They hoped to sway legislators into voting for a budget that included critical investments in early childhood and substance misuse.

“We expect that the Senate will see wisdom in fully-funding the Alcohol Fund, investing in child care, and supporting full-day kindergarten,” said Linda Saunders Paquette, President and CEO of New Futures. “Four hundred and seventy eight people died from substance misuse in New Hampshire in 2016. The fact that we do not have a fully-funded Alcohol Fund for prevention, treatment, and recovery or investments in early childhood to support families struggling with addiction and prevent future substance misuse is unconscionable.”

New Futures recently expanded the organization’s mission from focusing on just substance misuse policy, to general health and early childhood policies, and the rally brought together advocates focusing on all issue areas.

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New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents. New Futures Kids Count is a branch of New Futures focused on collecting and disseminating critical and reliable state-level data, policy recommendations, and tools for legislators, public officials, and advocates to advance positive policies for Granite State children and families.
Learn more at www.New-Futures.org.