NH budget vote set for today
Gov. Maggie Hassan has said she will sign the budget package — House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 — if lawmakers approve it, which is likely with the leadership of both parties in the House and Senate supporting the compromise plan.
The budget does not include a 20-cent-per-pack tobacco tax increase, but allows an automatic 10–cent increase to go forward. The budget also does not include a 12-cent gasoline tax increase approved by the House, but does include $13.5 million in business tax credits passed last year that Hassan and the House wanted delayed for two years.
The proposed 2014-2015 budget spends about $2.8 billion in general funds over the next years beginning July 1.
With the approval of lawmakers, New Hampshire will join the other five New England states with a medical marijuana program for the terminally and chronically ill. The program is contained in House Bill 573.
A compromise was reached on a controversial bill that aligns New Hampshire insurance laws, regulations and rules with the federal requirements under the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers will decide the fate of the compromise when they vote on Senate Bill 148.
- With non-critical federal services shutting down and no budget deal in sight, whom do you blame for the impasse?
- Both are to blame
- Total Votes: 2194
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