NHDP - ICYMI: Nashua Telegraph: "Gov. presents budget to build future"

Key Point: "Hassan outlined a 'fiscally responsible' budget with modest revenue adjustments that her administration asserts will build on the bipartisan progress from the last biennium to support job-creating businesses and keep more young professionals in the state by offering greater incentives in health and school-related services, as well as a renewed commitment to public safety."

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Nashua Telegraph: "Gov. presents budget to build future"

"The budget, completed without an income or sales taxes, as proposed would spend approximately $5.7 billion in total funds for fiscal 2016 and roughly $11.48 billion over the two-year biennium, according to the governor’s staff. The total budget increase is 6.4 percent. Proponents of the budget say it is approximately $250 million less, when adjusted for inflation, than the state spent in 2004."

On the next step for commuter rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester:

"The governor, who had been tight-lipped about her budget following her second inauguration in January, included $4 million in her capital budget for an environmental and engineering assessment for expanding commuter rail into Nashua and Manchester. Implementing the Capital Corridor Rail Study, according to Hassan, would help “set the stage” for future economic growth by keeping young professionals in the Granite State."

On holding down costs across state agencies: 

"In an effort to better streamline state government, Hassan proposed merging several commissions and will allow agencies to electronically submit their reports to cut down on paperwork. She called for a new position in the Department of Justice to negotiate best contracts for taxpayers. Twenty-two agencies are funded at or below their current fiscal year appropriations. The Hassan administration told reporters they cut agency budget requests by more than $1 billion and general fund requests by $523 million."

On maintaining a healthy workforce: 

"Funding for alcohol and drug abuse prevention, treatment and recovery programs triples in this budget. The state’s health protection program will also expand to combat the growing narcotics problem. Reiterating her commitment to health care expansion, Hassan pushed to keep building on the bipartisan work from the previous session."

On renewing the state's commitment to higher education: 

"Hassan’s budget calls for sizable returns to the University System of New Hampshire and the state’s Community College System by $13 million and $6.5 million respectively."