- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Senate has voted to meet with the House to try to negotiate a compromise over their different fixes to a tax on New Hampshire hospitals that a judge ruled is unconstitutional.

The Senate voted Thursday to meet with the House in hopes of reaching agreement by a May 30 deadline.

The Senate plan would reduce the tax from 5.5 percent next year to 4.5 percent by 2019. It also would clarify and narrow what is taxed and eliminate the tax on the state’s two rehabilitation hospitals.

The House plan clarifies existing law while broadening the tax and lowering the rate.

New Hampshire applies the tax to net inpatient and outpatient revenues. The state receives about $185 million annual from the tax.

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