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May 28, 2015 11:47 AM

Senate committee signs off on $11.3 billion state budget

The Associated Press

CONCORD — Senate Republicans and Democrats are sharply divided on the $11.3 billion spending plan approved by budget writers this week.

Members of the Senate Finance Committee voted on the plan along partisan lines Thursday, with Republicans calling the 2-year state spending plan compassionate and Democrats refusing to support it. The document goes to the full Senate floor next week.

The Senate's plan spends more than the $11.2 billion spent in the House plan, largely due to updated revenue estimates that gave the Senate more money to work with. But it falls short of the $11.5 billion plan laid out by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

The Senate's plan restores many cuts in the House's budget to social services but does not include money to continue Medicaid expansion or raise state employees' pay.


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