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June 21, 2013

State reaches deal on budget

Budget agreement


Rep. Mary Griffin, R-Windham, said she remained disappointed in the budget process.

“I’m disappointed because it is not establishing a casino,” Griffin said. “You have to have money to run the state.”

Rep. Brian Chirichiello, R-Derry, said the budget agreement is good news.

“The alternative would be a stalemate, and I don’t think anybody wants government to shut down,” he said.

Chirichiello was just getting word of the deal and wanted to take a closer look, but he said he was pleased the gas and cigarette tax increases were set aside.

Rep. Neal Kurk, R-Weare, ranking Republican on the House Finance Committee, said the agreement is one fiscal conservatives can support, representing a 6.5 percent increase in total spending.




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