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Posted February 14. 2013 10:29AM

Hassan bets on Rockingham Park take to offset more spending

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CONCORD – Gov. Maggie Hassan proposed a two-year state budget that significantly increases funding for higher education, the mental health system and hospitals and pays for it with revenues from expanded gambling, higher tobacco taxes and a bump in insurance premium revenue as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

The largest pot of new money - $80 million - would come from licensing a new "high-end, highly regulated" casino in the southern part of the state.