---- — CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The pleas for funding in New Hampshire’s next budget are coming from all walks of life: a judge who wants money for alcohol treatment and prevention, a poor client seeking funding for the lawyers who helped her and retired public employees looking for cost of living increases.
The House Finance Committee held the first of five hearings Thursday on Gov. Maggie Hassan’s proposed $11 billion, two-year budget.
About 100 people came to watch or speak their minds. Some urged the committee to support Hassan’s funding levels for programs for the developmentally disabled while others sought more money, maybe only a few hundred thousand dollars, for the services that help them.
The committee will hold hearings in Whitefield and Nashua Monday night and in Claremont and Rochester on March 18.