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March 20, 2014

My Opinion: March 20, 2014

(Continued)

HB-1325-FN, relative to death with dignity for certain persons suffering from a terminal condition. This bill would have implemented physician assisted suicide. Bill failed RC 219-66.

On the good side of things.. in addition to the two days at the State House, the Rockingham County Executive Committee spent two evening and the Delegation one putting the final touches on the annual budget and passed “Resolution 10-2014” “That the Rockingham County Convention, in accordance with RSA 24:13, authorize $78,537,624 in appropriations and $157,933 in reserves and encumbrances for the use of the County during 2014. That $44,809,156 be raised in new county taxes; that $29,150,467 be accepted as an estimate of revenues from other sources, and that $4,739,934 is accepted as fund balance for a total of $78,695,557 in resources.

As the Chairman of the Maintenance Sub-committee, I am very happy to report that in 2013, despite the many growing pains of our shift from oil to wood to provide heat and hot water to the nursing home complex of buildings and the jail/sheriff building we had a savings of $514,953. You will see even greater savings this year and after as this Biomass Plant is fully operational. This is just another example of the excellent hard work of Director of Facilities, Jude Gates, continues to do. “Good Work Jude, Well Done”.

Another good bit of news is the ratification of five labor union contracts for our county employees. There are still two more unions in negotiations.

(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at l.mikekappler@comcast.net)

 

 

 

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