Breaking News: NH state budget deal reached
By GARRY RAYNO
State House Bureau
CONCORD – A budget compromise will be announced at noon today in a press conference according to sources.
The deal would come one before the House and Senate return to Concord to vote on Gov. Maggie Hassan’s veto of the $11.35 billion, two-year budget that passed with only Republican votes.
The final sticking point between Hassan and Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, and House Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, were business tax cuts and how they would be implemented.
Most other issues such as a pay raise for state employees and additional money for drug treatment, prevention and recovery programs were already agreed to by both sides.
The key to a compromise’s approval are the House members of the conservative Republican Majority Caucus, led by former Speaker Bill O’Brien, who is expected to tell his caucus to vote for the override, but not to suspend the rules to introduce a new bill that would contain the compromise agreement at a caucus this morning.
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