Senate budget writers will be hearing from key state agencies this week on how their departments should be funded in New Hampshire’s next two-year budget.
First on the agenda this week will be the University System of New Hampshire. Both in the Governor and House’s budget proposals, USNH was level-funded. The University System was looking for a $13 million bump in state dollars – something they will likely be fighting for in the Senate now.
The Department of Corrections will also be presenting in front of Senate Finance this week. The DOC is expected to advocate for funding set out in the Governor’s proposed budget - the House’s version gave the department millions less.
And lastly, the Committee will spend all day Friday on Health and Human Services. The Department will most likely be asking for more funding for substance abuse, mental health as well as developmental disabilities services.
The Senate has until June to pass its version of the next state spending plan.