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The breathtaking audacity of Jennifer Horn

In a statement opposing Medicaid expansion, New Hampshire Republican Party chair Jennifer Horn declared “we should not abandon good NH programs like CHINS in deference to a federal mandate that will not even be funded.”

Horn, who has a record of rewriting history when it gets in the way of her ideological narrative, blithely ignores the fact that the Republican legislature slashed the CHINS budget to the bone in 2011.

Children in Need of Services (CHINS), which provides services to children with behavioral problems before they escalate to criminal conduct, was one of the most controversial cuts included in the 2012-2013 budget.

The O’Brien-led House proposed eliminating the program entirely before the Senate added back just enough money to handle the most severe cases. The program, which previously helped about 1,000 children a year, now serves only 50.

In the new Legislature, where the Democrats control the House,” writes Ben Leubsdorf, “the CHINS program is getting a fresh look.”

Will Jennifer Horn support Democratic efforts to reinstate the CHINS budget? I’m not holding my breath.

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Children in Need of a Leader, Pt. II

The Bill O’Brien led NHGOP supermajority decimated CHINS (Children in Need of Services) this year in their budget. This is what New Hampshire is when CHINS exists: Kathleen Coakley, of Wilton, said she owes her life to the state’s CHINS (Children in Need of Services) program, which was affected by budget cuts. “New Hampshire invested […]

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Downshifting

The second biggest false conceit that came from Bill O’Brien’s GOP supermajority in Concord (the first was their laser-like focus on jobs) is that there would be no budget downshifting. It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic: Sixty troubled students now under state supervision will soon have their cases closed and become the […]

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Children in Need of a Leader

From a release (email): House Majority Leader to Request Rules Change to Allow for Introduction of Caylee’s Law Bill    Concord-House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) announced today that he intends to ask the House Rules Committee to permit the late drafting of legislation that would make it a felony for any parent who failed […]

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Abandoning Children in Need

The Concord Monitor examines the impact of eliminating “Children in Need of Services” (CHINS), a state program in which parents or school officials can ask the court system for help with children whose behavior suggests serious problems. That intervention … is often a last resort for families dealing with uncontrollable, troubled children and the only […]

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