Jun 21, 2015 10:22 AM

State lawmakers begin work on short-term spending plan

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — N.H. lawmakers and Gov. Maggie Hassan are heading toward a budget showdown that could result in months of financial uncertainty for state programs, workers and citizens and set up the political dynamics of the next election.

An $11.3 billion budget approved by House and Senate negotiators heads to the chamber floors Wednesday. Hassan is vowing to veto it because it cuts business taxes while leaving out a raise for state employees or money to continue Medicaid expansion beyond 2016.

Seeking to keep the government open come July 1, when the existing budget expires, lawmakers are working to craft a short-term spending plan. Party leadership will need two-thirds support from each chamber to even introduce the short-term plan, which must pass both chambers and get Hassan's signature to take effect.


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