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Aug 26, 2015 6:07 PM

NH State parks to stay open with emergency funding

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire State parks will continue operating through the rest of the year with $1.1 million in emergency funding.

Members of the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee approved the emergency funding Wednesday, after officials from the state's Parks and Recreation Department said state parks would soon be closing without it. The state has been operating on a short-term spending plan at fiscal year 2015 levels since Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed the budget in late June.

The closure would've hit state parks during a key tourist season as people travel here to view fall foliage.

Beyond state parks, money for road and bridge projects and spending on mental health programs has been held up due to the short-term spending plan. So far, Hassan and GOP lawmakers have been unable to find compromise.


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