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Sununu Says He Wouldn’t Veto Budget Over Abortion Restriction

Jun 3, 2021
Governor Sununu
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Gov. Chris Sununu signaled support Thursday for a proposal to criminalize abortions in New Hampshire after 24 weeks of pregnancy, a major announcement that could smooth passage of the Republican state budget this month. 

The New Hampshire State House

The New Hampshire Senate votes Thursday on its version of the next two-year state budget.  Here’s an overview of what’s in it.

Ali Oshinskie / NHPR

It's been a busy week in the State House, and in the state Senate in particular. Lawmakers there are working to finalize their proposal for the next two-year state budget. They also met earlier Thursday, where they passed a number of conservative priorities, on topics ranging from abortion to gun rights to vaccines, setting the stage for a potentially contentious wrap up to the legislative session.

A sign in a shop in Portsmouth.
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A continuación, lee las noticias del jueves 20 de mayo. También puedes escucharlas haciendo click en el audio. 

Una nota: Lo escrito es nuestro guión para nuestras grabaciones. Tenlo en cuenta si ves algunas anotaciones diferentes.

Se actualizan datos de COVID-19 en New Hampshire

Los funcionarios de salud reportaron 139 [ciento treinta y nueve] nuevos casos de COVID-19 el martes. 

La tasa de resultados positivos en el estado ha reducido a menos del 3 por ciento, una tasa que el estado no ha tenido desde noviembre del 2020. 

New Hampshire Senator Chuck Morse
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The president of the New Hampshire Senate is indicating a chunk of the nearly $1 billion in federal aid heading to the state will be spent on mental health needs.

Alli Fam / NHPR

A continuación, lee las noticias del lunes 17 de mayo. También puedes escucharlas haciendo click en el audio. 

Una nota: Lo escrito es nuestro guión para nuestras grabaciones. Tenlo en cuenta si ves algunas anotaciones diferentes.

Se reportan nuevos casos de COVID-19 en New Hampshire 

New Hampshire registró 139 [ciento treinta y nueve] nuevos casos de COVID-19 el domingo.

$1.5 billion in federal money will flow to New Hampshire under the federal coronavirus recovery plan championed by President Biden and passed by Congressional Democrats. The money comes in the middle of budget season in the New Hampshire State House, where Republican lawmakers and Gov. Chris Sununu hold all the cards.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 7, 2021

May 6, 2021

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, we take stock of this moment in the pandemic, and get the latest on vaccine distribution efforts. We look at some of the small but impactful items in the proposed state budget. And as President Biden pushes to end the country’s reliance on for-profit prison populations, we look at the ramifications for the federal prison in Berlin. 

Air date: Friday, May 7, 2021. 

Senators Urged To Prioritize Health Care, Public Education In State Budget

May 5, 2021
State House hallway.
Dan Tuohy / NHPR


Developmental disability advocates, school representatives, health care leaders, and residents took to a public microphone Tuesday to argue for specific priorities in the New Hampshire budget, in a marathon hearing that highlighted broad concerns with the state’s funding models.  

Unpacking The State Budget: From Tax Reductions To Bridge Repairs

May 4, 2021
State House of New Hampshire
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By now, debates over the big-ticket items in the New Hampshire state budget are well established.

Josh Rogers/NHPR

The New Hampshire House has passed its version of the state budget, a $13.6 billion dollar spending plan that Republicans call a prudent response to the pandemic and which Democrats say will harm the vulnerable.

N.H. State House
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The New Hampshire House will vote this week on its state budget proposal. The Republican written plan differs in key ways from the spending plan proposed by Gov. Chris Sununu. And it includes policies Sununu says he would veto.

NHPR's Rick Ganley spoke with senior political reporter Josh Rogers about the policy and the politics behind the House budget plan.

Ali Oshinskie / NHPR

Budget writers in the New Hampshire House are making some key decisions -- on policy and tactics -- as they work to meet deadlines to get a spending plan out the door.

The New Hampshire State House

The New Hampshire Legislature has suspended full operations until at least May 4th, but a key panel of lawmakers is planning to meet remotely in two weeks in an effort to start addressing anticipated declines in state revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jason Moon for NHPR

In remarks Tuesday to the New England Council, a corporate group that typically steers a middle course politically, Gov. Chris Sununu said Democrats in Concord have embraced extremism and latched on to what he termed a clown car of presidential hopefuls.

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New Hampshire finally has a budget for the next two years.

Republican Governor Chris Sununu vetoed the $13.1 billion passed by the Democratically-controlled legislature in June, and the state's temporary spending plan was set to expire next week. 

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

After a three month stalemate, Governor Chris Sununu and top Democrats in the House and Senate have reached a compromise on a new state budget.

The deal announced Tuesday would retain the business tax rates Sununu prioritized, but current rates would increase if revenues fall below agreed upon targets.

The compromise package also includes more funding for public education and annual increases to medicaid provider rates, which were sticking points for Democrats.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: September 20, 2019

Sep 20, 2019

An historic number of vetoes by Governor Sununu means the legislature revisits bills on gun control, voting access laws, alternative energy and more. We get an update on continuing negotiations over the state budget.  And with a Global Climate Strike taking place Friday, we find out how New Hampshire students are participating. 


Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Democrats have offered, and Governor Sununu has rejected, what Democratic state lawmakers are calling a compromise on the state budget. The budget process has been at an impasse since Sununu vetoed the budget passed by lawmakers earlier this year.

N.H. State House
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Local education officials had a consistent message for legislative budget writers Thursday: Live up to the promises you made to school districts in the vetoed state budget. Their pleas came shortly after Gov. Chris Sununu floated what he called a compromise on education - one that Democrats quickly rejected as untenable.

Josh Rogers | NHPR

While Governor Sununu and Democratic lawmakers say they want to make a deal on the state budget, neither is giving much ground, and both are working to frame a debate that doesn't look likely to end soon.

In June, Governor Sununu vetoed the state budget passed by the Democratic-controlled state legislature.

Dan Tuohy/NHPR

As state political leaders seek compromise on the stalled state budget, towns and cities are grappling with fiscal uncertainty that could have some long-term ramifications. 

Governor Chris Sununu vetoed the budget passed by Democrats in the legislature about three weeks ago.  It’s unclear when both sides will reach agreement.

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Governor Chris Sununu rallied Republicans on July 4th by playing auctioneer and selling off memorabilia of a veto.

At a time when the governor says he's eager to reach common ground with Democrats on the state budget, his message at a Republican breakfast in Wolfeboro was a departure.

"This is the veto of Senate Bill 1. You guys know what Senate Bill 1 was," Sununu said. 

What Sununu was selling was a copy of his veto message against paid family leave.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Local health care providers facing the loss of federal money beacuse of Trump administration rules on abortion say their patients will be hurt by the state budget impasse.

Top Democratic budget writers say that’s one reason they want a quick resolution with Governor Sununu, who vetoed their budget last week.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Governor Sununu says his current goals for the budget have less to do with how money might get spent than with ensuring the spending levels are sustainable under the state's current tax structure.   

"Pretty much all the funding initiatives I wanted to go forward with, I'm willing to let them take that off the table, that's fine.

But my responsibility is to make sure we don't put ourselves in a financial hole. Their budget would do that." 

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed a two-year state budget crafted and passed by Democrats in the Legislature saying the plan threatens New Hampshre's economic growth. 

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The New Hampshire House and Senate voted along party lines Thursday to pass a $13 billion dollar state budget. Governor Sununu is expected to veto the bill.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Democratic state lawmakers say they'd prefer it didn't happen, but they are preparing for Governor Chris Sununu to veto the next state budget.

House Speaker Steve Shurtleff says he has been talking with Republicans about a continuing resolution to keep government running if the Legislature and the Governor remain at impasse.

"That will be coming up on Thursday, that's something I've worked on with our friends in the Senate as well as Republican leadership in the house."

josh rogers / nhpr

House and Senate budget negotiators are close to an agreement on a two-year state budget. But  business tax cuts remain a sticking point with Governor Sununu.

Negotiators removed a paid family leave program from the budget that Sununu had said would trigger a veto, and reached a deal on education funding that would send $138 million dollars more to districts over the next two years.

The Senate's top budget writer, Lou D'Allesandro, says the spending package, which also boosts medicaid provider rates, works.

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House negotiators now back the Senate’s plan to spend $17.5 million to build a 25-bed facility on the grounds of New Hampshire Hospital.

Governor Chris Sununu proposed building a new 60-bed unit in his budget; which the House, citing lack of detail, rejected.

Meanwhile, the Senate agreed with a House plan to move children out of a wing at New Hampshire Hospital, to make room for as many as 48 new beds for adults.