New Hampshire House sends $13.5B budget to Senate

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Sumary of New Hampshire House sends $13.5B budget to Senate:

  • CONCORD (AP) — House lawmakers on Wednesday approved a $13.5 billion budget package that Republicans portrayed as responsible “belt tightening”.
  • The two-year proposal that now goes to the Senate includes $5.4 billion in state general funds and education trust fund money, which is 1.4% less than allocated in the current budget..
  • “The pandemic has impacted those with the fewest resources most severely and the next state budget could help to build an equitable, inclusive and sustainable recovery.”.
  • “Families across New Hampshire have had to tighten their belts over the last year during the pandemic, and state government must be able to do the same,”.
  • The main spending bill passed 205-178, while the companion bill that contains the necessary policy language for enacting it was approved 200-181..
  • The package includes several provisions that also are being pursued as bills separate from the budget, including limiting the governor power to renew a state of emergency and a prohibition on teaching about systemic racisms and sexism in public schools…

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