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A packed Representatives Hall as the state Senate Finance Committee holds a public hearing on New Hampshire's next two year budget, on May 2, 2017

May 2, 2017 7:44 AM

Public hearing is last chance for public to directly speak out on NH's budget


CONCORD — Hundreds of people signed up to testify about New Hampshire's next two-year budget.

Their voices were being heard Tuesday in a packed Representatives Hall as the state Senate Finance Committee held a public hearing as they assemble the budget.

The hearing kicked off at 1 p.m. and was expected to last well into the night.

The committee is crafting a two-year state spending plan, modeled off the $12.1 billion plan Republican Gov. Chris Sununu introduced earlier this year.

This is the final public hearing scheduled on the budget proposal.

The Senate's work is more strenuous than normal this session because it has no approved House of Representatives plan as a model. The Republican-led House failed to pass its own version of the budget this year for the first time in modern history.

A final spending plan must be passed both the Senate and the House, and signed by Sununu June 30.

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