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N.H. State Budget

Hassan signs into law N.H. capital budget that includes a new women’s prison

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gov. Maggie Hassan yesterday signed into law a $244.7 million capital budget for the state that includes $38 million to build a new women’s prison. The new 224-bed prison, which officials have said will likely be built in Concord, would replace the obsolete and overcrowded women’s prison in Goffstown. A pending class-action lawsuit against the state alleges female inmates there are denied the same education, treatment and other services available …

Hassan signs new state budget into law; new fiscal year will begin Monday

Friday, June 28, 2013

As expected, the state’s new fiscal year will dawn Monday with a new budget in place. Gov. Maggie Hassan yesterday signed into law the two-year, $10.75 billion budget that the Legislature passed Wednesday. It cleared the Republican-led Senate on a unanimous vote and passed the Democratic-led House with nearly unanimous support. “With our budget now in place, we have been able to make …

Compromise N.H. budget wins almost unanimous support in Legislature

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A nearly unanimous Legislature yesterday approved a bipartisan, $10.7 billion state budget for the next two years that contains no tax or fee hikes, delays a decision on whether to expand the Medicaid program and increases funding for mental health services, community colleges and public universities. Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, said she’ll sign the budget passed by the Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled …

Supporters of Medicaid expansion in N.H. stake hopes on a special session this fall

Sunday, June 23, 2013

During the first few days of budget talks last week, House and Senate negotiators were greeted at the Legislative Office Building by a woman wearing a homemade can costume. The message from the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for …

Compromise crafted on N.H. state budget, with a decision delayed on Medicaid expansion

Friday, June 21, 2013

Negotiators from the Democratic-led House and Republican-led Senate yesterday hammered out a two-year state budget that delays any decision on whether to expand the Medicaid program until later this year or 2014. Both sides described the budget deal …

Compromise budget gets green light from negotiators, including study this year of Medicaid expansion

Thursday, June 20, 2013

UPDATED, 1:05 p.m.: The budget conference committee unanimously approved the compromise budget today after receiving final numbers and language from the nonpartisan legislative budget assistant’s office. It will go before the House and Senate next Wednesday for approval. …

State budget talks continue late into night; no deal yet on Medicaid expansion

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Democratic-led House and Republican-led Senate began making progress last night in negotiations over the state budget, though no resolution had been reached on the critical issue of Medicaid expansion. There was little visible progress for much of …

N.H. capital budget not finalized yet, but $38 million for new women’s prison appears safe

Friday, June 14, 2013

House and Senate negotiators didn’t come to a final agreement yesterday on the state’s next capital budget, but they also seem to have few major disagreements on the plan. Notably, no one suggested during yesterday’s hourlong meeting that the $38 million proposed by Gov. Maggie Hassan for a …

Mental health advocates cautiously optimistic about state budget

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Even without casino money or a jump in the gas or cigarette taxes, the $28 million Gov. Maggie Hassan wants for improved mental health care remains in the state budget headed to the full Senate this week. Advocates are cautiously optimistic it will stay there despite a looming …

N.H. Senate panel estimates $61.4 million less in revenue than House’s budget, plus $107.2 million MET shortfall

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Senate budget writers will count on about $61.4 million less in general- and education-fund revenue from state taxes and fees than the House did in its budget for the next two years. That figure doesn’t include revenue from New Hampshire’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax, which the Senate Ways and …

Finance chairman: N.H. Senate’s budget ‘going to look a whole lot different’

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The two-year, $11 billion budget passed by the Democratic-led House last month has a $300 million hole for the Republican-led Senate to fill, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said. Sen. Chuck Morse, a Salem Republican, said yesterday his estimate of a $300 million shortfall in total …

How Merrimack Co. representatives voted on the state budget

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The New Hampshire House yesterday voted, 194-172, to pass an $11 billion state budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, the biennium that begins July 1. A separate trailer bill making related changes in state law passed, 193-166. Both bills now go to the Senate. Here’s how Merrimack …

Stronger-than-expected March revenue numbers mean smaller projected state deficit

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

State revenues rebounded in March, with business and other taxes bringing in $26.6 million more than officials had expected. As of the end of February, the state had collected $41.1 million less in revenue than it had expected …