As NH Senate digs in, House budget plan faces many changes
CONCORD (AP) - The House of Representatives' $11.2 billion budget plan is now in the hands of the Senate, and the upper chamber is poised to alter the proposal significantly.
Republican Senate leaders have three priorities: upholding previous commitments, particularly for dedicated money; adding money to the rainy day fund and improving the business climate.
All three run counter in some way to actions taken by the House.
The Senate has until early June to pass a budget before entering into negotiations with the House.
Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has until June 30 to sign a proposal. Her initial proposal was for $11.5 billion for the two-year budget, a roughly 7 percent hike over the current $10.7 billion spending plan.