- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s Senate has voted to put the state’s $15 million surplus into savings.

Thursday’s 22-2 vote comes a week after the House voted to give the Department of Health and Human Services $7 million of the money.

Senate Republicans argued the $9 million in state savings is woefully inadequate. Republicans argued agencies should live within their budgets.

Democrats tried unsuccessfully to get the Senate to set aside $9 million of the surplus to go toward the settlement of a lawsuit over the state’s failure to provide adequate services to the mentally ill.

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