- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a $271 million capital budget that includes money for 50 new beds at the state veterans’ home for dementia care and for a new Merrimack County courthouse.

It doesn’t include $4 million Hassan wanted for further study of a plan to bring commuter rail from Boston into Nashua and Manchester. She says it is critical for economic development and bringing young people into the state. Opponents say the benefits are overstated and the state will need to spend money subsidizing the project.

Lawmakers took the $4 million out of the capital budget.

Other projects included are a consumer Internet ordering site at the New Hampshire Liquor Commission; repairs at state parks; and electrical technology and auto tech programs at the community college system.

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