Compromise N.H. capital budget includes $38 million for new women’s prison
House and Senate negotiators reached a tentative agreement yesterday on a state capital budget for the next two years.
The single largest expense: $38 million to build a new 224-bed women’s prison, probably in Concord, to replace the overcrowded and obsolete women’s prison in Goffstown.
“That wasn’t even a contested item,” said Rep. David Campbell, a Nashua Democrat and chairman of the committee of conference on the capital budget.
The capital budget relies on just under $125 million in general fund bonds, plus federal grants and other money, to finance projects in the biennium that begins July 1.
The compromise capital budget will go to the House and Senate next week for final approval.
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