Feb 8, 2015 12:47 PM

Millions in lawsuit settlements strain New Hampshire budget

The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The high cost of two major lawsuits against the state are complicating the next state budget, and it's not the first time that's happened.

A settlement over mental health services will cost the state $24 million in the upcoming budget, and another suit over a hospital tax could take up to $80 million from the general fund. These costs won't be easily swallowed in an already tight budget of roughly $10.7 billion.

The lawsuits are the latest in a series of others that have hit the state's bottom line. The state recently spent $38 million to build a new women's prison, stemming from a lawsuit filed by female prisoners. Lawsuits over school funding have stretched out for decades, with the state continually changing how it funds local schools.

In 2014, the state had a financial stake in 28 lawsuits.


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