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Jun 12, 2015 3:53 PM

Governor Hassan not ready to use 'V word' in state budget talks


CONCORD - Gov. Hassan said she continues to talk with legislative leaders on an agreement for a two-year state budget, and said any talk of a potential budget veto is premature.

"Nobody's talking about that right now. We're talking about compromise; we're talking about finding a way forward," Hassan told NH1 News Radio on Friday morning.

Hassan and state lawmakers are facing a June 30 deadline to either come up with a budget compromise or pass a continuing resolution to extend the current budget until an agreement is reached.

One of the areas that's been a priority for the governor is a provision to allow the state's Medicaid expansion program beyond 2016. Republicans have refused to make any commitment to the program beyond its current sunset date, and there's nothing in either the Senate or the House version of the budget that addresses the issue.

Hassan declined to say if she'll veto a budget that gets to her desk without an extension of Medicaid expansion, saying only that "I've focused on that in our negotiations and will continue to do that."

The governor struck a tone of compromise repeatedly during her conversation with NH1 News Radio, saying "I know I won't get everything that was on my list when I proposed the budget. I think legislative leaders are also prepared to give too."


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