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Republican Leadership Confident State Budget Will Clear Full Senate

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Republican leaders in the Senate are confident the body will pass a GOP-backed version of the state budget next week.

But how the process will unfold after that is different than usual this year.

The New Hampshire House didn’t pass its own version of a budget earlier this year – the first time that’s happened in decades. That means the House technically won’t get a say in the final budget that takes effect in July.

But Senate President Chuck Morse says he promises the House will get a seat at the negotiating table.

“I made it clear to them – they can bring up any subject matter as far as the Senate is concerned. It’s all about building a good budget,” Morse said Thursday at the Statehouse.

Morse said much of what House budget writers did agree on found its way into the Senate’s spending plan.

The Senate version; however, spends less and includes business tax cuts - something Senate leaders hope will earn the support of House Republicans.

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