Negotiators from the Democratic-led House and Republican-led Senate yesterday have agreed on a two-year state budget that includes the restoration of funding for New Hampshireâ€™s Land and Community Heritage Program (LCHIP). The budget bills were endorsed, 9-0, by the committee of conference and will go to the House and Senate tomorrow for final votes.
In recent years, revenue from recording fees which would have been dedicated to LCHIP has instead been swept into the general fund. As a result, the state has not been able to contribute to local conservation and historic preservation efforts and has missed opportunities to leverage federal grants (which require state matching funds). With funding restored, the state can regain its important leadership role.
Upper Valley legislators on the committee of conference included:
- Rep. Susan Almy -Â email@example.com
- Rep. Bernie Benn -Â firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Jeanie Forrester -Â email@example.com
- Senator Bob Odell -Â firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send them a quick message of thanks for their leadership that benefits the whole state!