Aug 1, 2015 10:22 AM

Hassan, GOP lawmakers talking, but still no budget deal

The Associated Press

CONCORD — Discussions continue in Concord between Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and GOP lawmakers as the state enters the second month of a budget stalemate, but Republican leaders say a compromise could still be months away.

In the meantime, state agencies are starting to feel the strain of a short-term spending plan, which keeps the government running for six months at last year's spending levels.

Agency heads went before a legislative committee on Wednesday to ask for money beyond a six-month chunk of the budget. Others sought approval to accept federal or private grants. Several requests were denied as lawmakers grappled with how much new spending to approve without a budget in place.

Hassan and Republican leaders met during the week and both sides say they'll keep talking.


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