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The next week is a pivotal time for the state budget debate in New Hampshire, as the House of Representatives puts the final touches on its version of the next two-year spending plan and sends the result to the Senate.
Much of the conversation over the past few days has centered on the cuts that the Republican-led House Finance Committee has proposed to Gov. Hassan’s original budget plan. Among the sharpest cuts are in the Department of Transportation (where the House may end up cutting $88 million from the Governor’s budget) and the Department of Health and Human Services (where spending reductions currently hover around $170 million in General Fund spending over the 2016-17 biennium, compared to the Governor’s budget.)