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March 06. 2013 1:19PM

N.H. House budget-writing panel urged to not divert LCHIP funding

“It’s a bipartisan program. When it was started, there was enthusiastic bipartisan support for it,” state Rep. David Hess, a Hooksett Republican who serves on LCHIP’s board, said during a meeting of the House Finance Committee division that oversees the program’s budget. “It has been the victim of raids, if you will, since then in order to balance the budget. I would submit to you that it does not deserve to be raided again.”

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