NH Budget

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Budget writers in the New Hampshire Senate are predicting Medicaid caseload will drop over the next two years.  But underestimating caseloads in the program that benefits the poor helped cause the current state budget shortfall.

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The University System of New Hampshire will likely not see an increase in state funding over the next two years.  That’s after Senate budget writers Tuesday voted to approve the recommendation of both the Governor and the House Finance Committee in keeping the system’s funding at current levels - $81 million a year. 

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Senate budget writers Monday signed off on a few key spending areas in the state’s next two year budget proposal.

Governor Chris Sununu on The Exchange

May 15, 2017
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Governor Chris Sununu sits down with The Exchange to discuss the Republican health care overhaul currently in the U.S. Senate -- and implications for the opioid crisis in the Granite State.  

We'll get Sununu's take on the two-year spending plan for the state, after the House failed to come up with its own version of the budget for the first time in recent memory.  And we look at the recent controversy over mental health staffing at the New Hampshire State Hospital.


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Hundreds of people came to the State House Tuesday to advise Senate budget writers on how to craft New Hampshire’s next two year spending plan.

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New Hampshire’s deteriorating roads and bridges - and how to invest in them - are major questions for lawmakers this year. But whatever the funding, one critical piece of the state’s infrastructure – private dams – likely won’t see a penny.  

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After hearing from state agencies for several weeks, Senate budget writers will now hear from the public on how New Hampshire’s next two-year budget should look.

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The State’s Department of Health and Human Services made its pitch to Senate budget writers this Friday on how much of the state’s next two-year spending plan should go to them.

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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.

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  A group of House Republicans plans to start a political action committee to push back against New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper in the next election, the latest chapter in a growing GOP feud.

The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus, which models its name after a group of conservative Republicans in Congress, announced the PAC's creation Wednesday. Members say they'll use the money to support candidates who believe in "limited government and personal liberty."

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Republican leadership in the New Hampshire House of Representatives is again at odds with conservative members of the caucus. This time the argument is not over the state budget - but House rules.

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House lawmakers met Tuesday to review a bill that seeks to provide $36 million for road and bridge repair in the state. 

There are six highway districts in New Hampshire – but not all are created equal. That was the argument from the Department of Transportation as they argued for a formula change in the way highway repair money is handed out.

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The New Hampshire Senate began its work on the state’s next two-year budget Monday.

Senate budget writers are using Governor Chris Sununu's proposal as a starting point, after the House failed to pass a budget plan of its own last week.

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The state Senate began work Monday on crafting its version of the next two year state budget.

This comes after House lawmakers failed to pass their proposed $11.9 billion spending plan last week. It’s the first time in modern political history the House hasn’t passed a budget.

Senate Finance Chair Gary Daniels, a Milford Republican,  spoke to NHPR's Morning Edition about the process moving forward.

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After the New Hampshire House failed to pass a budget proposal of its own last week, the state Senate begins its budget-writing work Monday.

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Governor Chris Sununu says he is optimistic about the state budget writing process, despite the recent failure by House Republicans to pass their version of the spending plan.

Earlier this week, conservative Republicans in the House refused to sign off on a budget crafted by GOP leadership. It’s the first time the House has failed to pass a budget in decades.

But Governor Sununu rejected the idea that state Republicans are anything but unified. He said the episode was just one step in the process, which now heads to the Senate.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 7, 2017

Apr 7, 2017

The Republican-controlled New Hampshire House adjourns without passing a two-year state budget.  We look at the ramifications as the Senate begins working next week on their version of the state’s new two-year budget without a House proposal.  The U.S. Supreme Court leaves a lower court ruling intact, allowing ballot selfies in the Granite State.  And for some politicians it's never too early, with two already announcing their bids for Governor and Congress.


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The New Hampshire House will not have a budget proposal to work off when finalizing the next two year state spending plan this June.

It’s apparently the first time in decades the House finds itself in this position, after Republican leaders failed to rally a majority to support their preferred budget this week.

That leaves many wondering what the House’s role will be later  in the budget process. 

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House lawmakers will try for a second time this week to pass a state budget proposal, after Wednesday’s failure of the Republican leadership’s preferred spending plan.

With Thursday's deadline for the House to produce a budget -  the pressure is on.

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A major vote on the state’s new spending plan has been postponed in the House until Thursday.

That’s after the Republican-backed budget failed Wednesday in the House with more than 60 Republicans voting against it.

The full New Hampshire House is set to vote on the Finance Committee’s state budget proposal Wednesday. The spending plan has some slightly different priorities than what Gov. Chris Sununu laid out in his version back in February.

A few of the biggest policy and funding changes between the two versions are laid out in the graphic below ranging from public education to local aid for cities and towns.

The House has until Thursday to pass the budget before the Senate then begins crafting its version of the state’s next two year plan.

A final budget is due June 30th. 

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Rare is the New Hampshire governor who will admit feeling ashamed of the state. But Chris Sununu’s been doing just that lately, over New Hampshire’s lack of state-supported full-day kindergarten.

“It’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing. This is the 21st century; this is New Hampshire.”

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The New Hampshire House is scheduled to vote tomorrow on its proposed state budget.

The $11.9 billion budget has opponents on both sides of the aisle, and it’s unclear whether it'll get enough support this week.

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  A vote is expected Wednesday in the Republican-led New Hampshire House on its proposed state budget.

The two year, $11.9 billion spending plan has its share of critics, with Democrats arguing it doesn’t go far enough.

One of their complaints is the budget eliminates a proposal by Gov. Chris Sununu to expand full-day kindergarten.

But there’s resistance among Republicans, as well, who believe the budget’s price tag is too high.

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Republican House Finance members laid out their budget proposal for lawmakers Monday morning, just days before the spending plan is up for a vote by the whole body.

But not all House members are pleased with how the proposal turned out.

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Each week, NHPR Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition's Rick Ganley for On the Political Front, a rundown of the week to come in New Hampshire Politics.


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House budget writers will try to sell their new state budget proposal to fellow lawmakers Monday at the Statehouse.

The spending plan will be up for a vote in the full House on Wednesday.

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Among the dozens of agencies and groups watching the state budget process this spring are the two organizations representing public higher education in New Hampshire: the University System, and the Community College System. In recent years, the two have fared differently when it comes to state support.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 31, 2017

Mar 31, 2017

The New Hampshire House gets ready to vote on it's version of the state budget, but some conservatives say the Republican-crafted budget is too rich.  New Hampshire's two U.S. senators say they'll vote against Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's Supreme Court pick.  A new energy project coming from Canada and an adverse decision by regulators thickens the plot when it comes to the Northern Pass project.  


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The House Finance Committee officially finished up its work on the next two-year state budget proposal on Tuesday.  The spending plan heads to a vote of the full House next Wednesday.

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