In today's edition of State House Watch, Maggie Fogarty and Grace Kindeke of the NH American Friends' Service Committee and their guests Zandra Rice-Hawkins and Leah Cohen of Granite State Progress, and Christina D’Allesandro of Moms Rising share a lively discussion anticipating the final month of the current NH Legislative calendar. They also take a look at bills on the national stage: The American Rescue Plan, the American Jobs Plan, the American Family Plan.
Some of the topics they cover are related to the disproportionate impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on women and people of color, with respect to health care, housing, transportation, and more. Some of the topics out of Washington D.C. are the child tax credit, support for child care centers, and paid family-medical leave.
Regarding the NH state budget, they express concerns that federal dollars are not meant to be spent to cut state taxes; that state funds not be siphoned off to support private schools; that there is no place in NH for the language of HB544, cancelling the First Amendment, or HB625, hollowing out Roe v. Wade. They call our attention to The Grassroots Campaign for A People's Budget. The NH House and Senate meet to complete work on bills starting on June 3, and to take final votes on June 24. The governor must act on the budget prior to the new fiscal year on July 1. Our legislators, senators, and governor need to hear from us.
This week's songs are:
Somebody's Hurting My Brother by Yara Allen
Peace, Salaam, Shalom by Emma's Revolution,
and Rise as One by Aaron Fowler
The music we open with each week is Can't Shake These Blues by Chris Smither and this year we have been closing with Rev. Gary Davis's There's A Bright Side Somewhere