- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s House and Senate are preparing to vote on the Republican-backed state budget and on a short-term spending plan that will keep the government open when Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoes the budget, as she plans to do.

Legislative negotiators gave initial approval to an $11.3 billion spending plan last week. It must now pass both chambers to get to Hassan’s desk.

Hassan, a Democrat, opposes the budget, mainly because it cuts business taxes while not paying state employees a raise or including money for Medicaid expansion.

In order to keep the government open past June 30, when the current budget expires, she’ll need to sign a short-term spending plan. Republican lawmakers will propose a six-month plan that funds the state at existing levels, meaning increases for many departments and programs will have to wait.

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