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House Budget: Similar Goals but No Gambling Revenue

April 2, 2013 Common Cents

Like the plan offered by Gov. Hassan earlier this year, the version of the FY 2014-2015 budget the House of Representatives will consider this week begins to undo some of the damage wrought by several years of spending cuts.

The principal difference between the two budgets centers around casino gambling. Gov. Hassan’s budget presumes that New Hampshire will legalize casino gambling and that license fees will produce $80 million for the General Fund this coming biennium.  The House Finance Committee does not count upon such revenue and has a spending package that is $54 million lower than the General and Education Fund appropriations recommended by the governor.

A few other differences:

  • The House budget proposal provides $12 million less than the governor’s for the University System of New Hampshire.
  • The House budget proposal provides almost $33 million less than the governor’s in uncompensated care payments to local hospitals.
  • The House budget is very similar to the governor’s in terms of estimates from current revenue sources but assumes $24 million more from a new legal settlement with cigarette manufacturers.

To see a more complete analysis of the House Finance Committee’s recommended budget, click here

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The Budget Trailer Bill Hits The Road

22 Feb 2017

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On February 21, the Office of Legislative Budget Assistant published the public version of House Bill 2, also called the “Trailer Bill.” In this proposed legislation, Governor Sununu outlined the policy changes that enable some of the proposed modifications to State government indicated in the primary budget document, House Bill 1, released on February 9 to coincide with the Governor’s budget address. House Bill 2 will now be scrutinized by the Legislature and move through the process alongside House Bill 1, which allocates the funding to specific line items.