New Hampshire

New Hampshire Lawmakers To Make Budget Cuts

The House Finance Committee have researched the spending plan and want to make changes

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House lawmakers are preparing to take scissors to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's $12.1 billion budget plan.

The House Finance Committee has spent weeks taking testimony from state agencies on the two-year spending plan, learning everything from what the state spends on charter schools to how big the deficit is in the highway fund. This week, they'll begin adding and subtracting from Sununu's budget.

The House is predicting about $59 million less in revenue than Sununu's budget writers did, meaning they'll have to make cuts to his plan or find new revenue sources. Legalizing the gambling game keno and selling lottery tickets online are two new revenue sources lawmakers are looking at.

Elsewhere, Sununu's plans for full-day kindergarten, retiree health care and transportation funding could face challenges.

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