Without a quick $1.5 million, NH parks would have lacked the money to remain open during foliage season.
Transportation officials, meanwhile, sought $3 million dollars to pay for road construction projects slated for this fall.
Both requests would mean spending beyond the cash appropriated for the six month temporary budget, which prorates spending at last year's level.
Neal Kurk, chairman of the Legislative Fiscal Committee, says spending now on state parks makes sense.
But the case for moving fast on road projects, says Kurk, is less urgent.