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New Hampshire House Democrats are putting the final touches on a $13.4 billion two-year budget that spends more and significantly departs from Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's proposal on mental health, education and other issues.

The House will vote next week on the plan being crafted by its Finance Committee. Top Democrats on the committee shared some details with reporters on Monday, saying their focus has been crafting a budget that provides property tax relief to towns and cities by boosting education aid.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 29, 2019

Mar 28, 2019

The battle to abolish the death penalty advances to the state senate. Governor Sununu sends stronger signal that he may run for the Senate next year, boosted by polls suggesting he may have a chance at defeating Senator Shaheen. And we look how several national issues may affect the state, including a federal court ruling on Medicaid work requirements, and a multi-million dollar settlement against Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin.  Dean Spiliotes is guest host.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

Gov. Chris Sununu’s proposed state budget includes a plan to steer roughly $168 million in surplus state money to dozens of one-time projects, ranging from new traffic lights to park upgrades to grants for a handful of nonprofits.

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Hundreds turned out for the House Finance Committee's public hearing Monday on the state budget. Carol Conforti-Adams, who uses a wheelchair because of a car accident, told lawmakers the state needs to increase Medicaid rates to pay for home health aides.

"I am like an infant. I have personal care needs and I need someone to do them for me. But once I get in my chair, I hold three jobs."

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Some experienced state budget hands say they see no precedent for Governor Chris Sununu's push to earmark millions of state dollars toward local projects. As NHPR's Josh Rogers reports, a top Democratic budget writer says lawmakers will vet the proposals closely.

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Lawmakers have yet to get the complete text of governor Chris Sununu's budget, but they’re already challenging some of the policy decisions Sununu made in his spending plan - including ending the practice of paying for school aid out of the education trust fund.

That fund was created as part of a broader change in how the state pays for public schools in response to Supreme Court rulings.

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With overall state tax collections up $106 million over estimates, Legislative Budget Assistant Michael Kane told the New Hampshire lawmakers who will write the state's next two-year spending plan that they will start the process with a $95.8 million cushion.

There's no easy way to ask for money. Just ask the governor of New Hampshire. In just a few weeks, Governor Sununu will present his proposed budget to the state legislature. All of this got us wondering.... what is the budget? Who writes it, and what do we spend money on? And how are New Hampshire’s spending decisions different from other states? For answers, we're turning to something new here at NHPR, Civics 101: New Hampshire, a local offshoot of our popular Civics 101 podcast.