County Budget,Getting along, Work Share

County Budget

The Sullivan County Delegation will convene on Thursday, May 28 at 6PM to pre-approve FY21 budget requests, set elected officials compensation, and discuss FY21 Sullivan County meeting dates.  Other County business may be conducted at this time.

As noted previously, and reiterated here in this notice, we invite the general public to listen in on these meetings – see notice for call-in information. Sullivan County Notices

Conformity has a lot of aspects

Our numbers are relatively low and we are grateful. Most people have done their best to comply with what are very unusual restrictions. It is possible that we are in the shape we’re in because of the efforts at distancing and sanitation. The truth is, we’ll never know. I know people who are doing 80% of the things they should be. That is better than zero. Some wear a mask religiously but rarely wash their hands. Some wash constantly and never touch their faces, but don’t wear a mask. So, you never really know how much someone is doing, despite first impressions. Let’s continue to do the best that we can and not pick on others. ~ Steve

“No, we’re not asking consumers to pick up the phone and you know, we don’t have ‘snitch lines’ and all that — I don’t believe in that.”
— Gov. Chris Sununu on whether citizens should call and report businesses violating the COVID-19 lockdown.

Positive News About Positive Test Rates

Patricia Tilley, deputy director of the state Division of Public Health Services, said during a presentation Tuesday to the Governor’s Economic Reopening Task Force that the low rate of positive tests as overall testing expands is one of the most important findings by DHHS thus far.

Currently, the positivity rate is about 5 percent and it has been going down as we have increased daily testing now to over about 2,000 people a day. “We want to make sure we are testing a broad spectrum of individuals,” Tilley said, “but we are very encouraged by that number of positively that goes down.”


Work-share programs help some businesses avoid layoffs

“More than 38 million Americans have filed for unemployment since March, though the passage of the CARES Act has for now helped alleviate some of the financial fallout. But buried in the landmark legislation, there is also financial support for work-share programs in some states that allow businesses to avoid laying off any employees at all. NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker reports” PBS – Christopher Booker

Click to access covid-19-update-05262020.pdf

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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