House and Senate budget negotiators have signed off on a new 2-year budget for NH
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - House and Senate budget negotiators have signed off on a $10.7 billion, two-year budget for New Hampshire that increases funding to higher education and services for the disabled and mentally ill, but does not authorize expanding Medicaid.
Negotiators worked until Thursday and returned just after to review the final documents and approve them. The Senate missed its deadline to sign off by 30 minutes, triggering a rule requiring a two-thirds vote to pass the budget. The House will only need a majority vote.
Gov. Maggie Hassan applauded the agreement, but said she was disappointed it did not authorize expanding Medicaid to an estimated 58,000 poor adults. She said a special session might be needed once a study established by the budget is completed Oct. 15.