Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier felt quite differently as he was counting on that state budget deal to deliver an extra $4.2 million in state aid for his city.
Under current law, Grenier’s looking at losing $230,000 in state aid, which he said will force layoffs.
“I don’t think the governor could look me in the eye and tell me how good this veto is for Berlin,” Grenier said.
Nashua Mayor James Donchess said the budget that was vetoed would have meant $5 million more for his city. Donchess was the top signatory on a critical letter to Sununu from a few dozen officials, including the mayors of Dover, Somersworth, Rochester and Berlin.
“When you vetoed everything from funding for substance use disorder treatment to investments in local education to municipal aid, you left the people of New Hampshire wondering what will happen to services and programs they depend on, and left communities across the state unable to plan for their future,” Donchess wrote.