New Hampshire Budget http://nhpr.org en Veterans Home Among Those Requesting Capital Funds http://nhpr.org/post/veterans-home-among-those-requesting-capital-funds <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire's Veterans Home is asking for $7 million for a third floor addition in the next capital budget — one of 150 projects submitted for consideration.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Veterans Home officials will make their pitch Tuesday at a hearing on the $227 million in spending requested by state agencies.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:22:29 +0000 Associated Press 50353 at http://nhpr.org Meting Out Money For Mental Health Care http://nhpr.org/post/meting-out-money-mental-health-care <p>With rising need and limited dollars, how best can we use funding? Should we add more acute care hospital beds, boost community services, focus on drug and alcohol treatment or diseases like schizophrenia?</p><p> <strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 38388 at http://nhpr.org Meting Out Money For Mental Health Care Next State Budget Passes With Broad Support http://nhpr.org/post/next-state-budget-passes-broad-support <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Hampshire House and Senate easily passed a state budget on Wednesday, sending the two-year spending plan onto the Governor for signature.</span></p><p>After four months of debate and some late night deal making, the final product--a $10.8 billion budget measuring nearly 1,000 pages--enjoyed wide bipartisan support.</p><p>The vote was unanimous in the Senate and nearly as wide in the House, where lead budget writer Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord) praised the two chambers for working together.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:31:24 +0000 Todd Bookman 30170 at http://nhpr.org Lawmakers Appear In No Rush To Compromise On Major N.H. Budget Issues http://nhpr.org/post/lawmakers-appear-no-rush-compromise-major-nh-budget-issues <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>With a Thursday deadline fast approaching for an agreement on the state’s next budget, House and Senate leaders remain apart on many of the issues that divide them.&nbsp;</p><p>Medicaid expansion--perhaps the most divisive single item--remains on hold. So do House-backed increases to the gas and cigarette tax.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:30:06 +0000 Todd Bookman 29642 at http://nhpr.org Lawmakers Appear In No Rush To Compromise On Major N.H. Budget Issues Budgetary Back And Forth http://nhpr.org/post/budgetary-back-and-forth <p>The House has rejected revenues from the Senate’s gambling bill while Senators have said no to higher taxes on gasoline and cigarettes. Meanwhile Governor Hassan says she still wants to fund her priorities but after these votes, finding that money will be difficult and cuts may in store.&nbsp; We’ll examine how it might all play out.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 28177 at http://nhpr.org Budgetary Back And Forth A Day After Casino Vote, Senate Rejects Steady Stream Of House Priorities http://nhpr.org/post/day-after-casino-vote-senate-rejects-steady-stream-house-priorities <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A day after the New Hampshire House voted down a Senate-backed gambling bill, it was the upper chamber’s turn to weigh in on some key House legislation. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And there may have been some tit-for-tat.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The GOP majority quickly snuffed a House bill calling for a $0.20 increase in the tobacco tax.</span></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 22:02:11 +0000 Todd Bookman 28108 at http://nhpr.org A Day After Casino Vote, Senate Rejects Steady Stream Of House Priorities Estimated Tax Revenues Continue To Stir Budget Debate In Senate http://nhpr.org/post/estimated-tax-revenues-continue-stir-budget-debate-senate <p></p><p>While work on the state’s next two year budget continues in the Senate, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Medicaid Enhancement Tax (MET), a levy on hospital revenue, still sits in the spotlight.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">MET collection is $34 million short of estimates for this fiscal year. In Monday's Senate Finance Committee meeting, lawmakers expressed concern about overly optimistic forecasts for the next two year cycle.</span></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 20:19:41 +0000 Todd Bookman 27414 at http://nhpr.org Senate Takes A Look At $2 Billion Budget For DHHS http://nhpr.org/post/senate-takes-look-2-billion-budget-dhhs <p></p><p></p><p>Senate budget writers turned their attention Monday to the state’s biggest agency, the Department of Health and Human Services.</p><p>The proposed budget for DHHS comes in at just more than $2 billion. It seeks to restore the CHINS program and increase payments to hospitals for uncompensated care.</p><p>The budget also lays out $24.5 million over the next two years to shore up the state’s troubled mental health system.</p><p>Senator Lou D’Allesandro questioned if the state can wait that long for a fix.</p><p>Commissioner Nick Toumpas replied there really is no choice.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:07:31 +0000 Todd Bookman 26533 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Goes Way North And Promises Economic Development Funds http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-goes-way-north-and-promises-economic-development-funds <p>If the Senate bill that proposes a single casino in the state becomes law it “would dedicate millions of dollars per year directly to North Country economic development,” Governor Maggie Hassan said during a speech Thursday night before the North Country Chamber of Commerce.</p><p>That would spur business and job growth “helping us attract new companies by marketing the North Country’s advantages to businesses in Canada and elsewhere,” she told about 125 people at the Log Haven Restaurant&nbsp;on lonely Route 26&nbsp;in Millsfield, about 145 miles from Concord.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:50:57 +0000 Chris Jensen 24177 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Goes Way North And Promises Economic Development Funds Crunching The Numbers To Governor Hassan's Budget Address http://nhpr.org/post/crunching-numbers-governor-hassans-budget-address <p>Yesterday, Governor Maggie Hassan&nbsp;presented her priorities for state spending. It was a long list that included more funding for mental health, higher education, state troopers and a new women’s prison.&nbsp; On the funding side – Hassan proposed a higher tobacco tax and Casino Gambling.&nbsp;But not everyone agrees that the numbers add up. &nbsp;We’ll look at the details and where the budget battles go from here.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 22035 at http://nhpr.org Crunching The Numbers To Governor Hassan's Budget Address