|Executive Council, Bi-monthly, Covid Spending Spree Report|
A few weeks ago, we put out a call for volunteers to help us track the Executive Council. The Executive Council meets every other week to approve expenditures and receipts, approve appointments, and oversee the administration of the state. For more details about the functions of the Executive Council, see our “New Hampshire Government Crash Course” video.
For the meeting upcoming on January 18th, here are the following expenditures they will approve related to Covid. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Division of Long Term Supports and Services A. Authorize to enter into a sole source amendment to an existing Cooperative Agreement with University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (originally approved by G&C on 10/27/21, Item #24), to continue to support Aging and Disability Resource Centers and NHCarePath system partners with addressing barriers to access and education relative to COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals engaged in the No Wrong Door System, by exercising a contract renewal option by extending the completion date from June 30, 2023 to June 30, 2024, with no change to the price limitation of $602,631.Authorize on behalf of the Department of Administrative Services to make a sole source purchase of laboratory reagents and supplies for COVID-19 testing from Gen-Probe Sales and Services, Inc., San Diego, CA, in the amount of $1,204,000.Authorize to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Hampshire Judicial Branch in the amount of $6,392,715 to upgrade courthouse security, increase remote resource access, and improve access to civil legal resources for populations adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.Authorize to enter into an agreement with Cheshire County Nursing Home, Keene, NH, in the amount of $920,768 in American Rescue Plan Act State Fiscal Recovery Funds as part of the County Nursing Home Infrastructure Program, which provides funds for capital investments to help mitigate and prevent the spread of future COVID-19 outbreaks in county nursing facilities, ensure facilities are safe for residents and their families, and help fund facility improvements.Authorize to enter into a subgrant with the Town of Lancaster, in an amount not to exceed $10,152, from the American Rescue Plan Act, to support municipalities and state agencies with activities related to relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.That is a grand total of $9,130,266 spent on nonsensical Covid measures in only one of two monthly Executive Council meetings in January.
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