- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Home health care providers are urging Democrats to override Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget veto if a compromise isn’t reached by next week.

The Home Care Association of New Hampshire says the budget impasse is hurting seniors who need help to stay in their homes. The vetoed budget included a 5 percent rate increase for providers and $1.8 million in back payments. Gina Balkus, the group’s chief executive, says providers are struggling to cover costs.

The state is now spending at current level, meaning some social service programs aren’t seeing expected increases.

Lawmakers return Sept. 16 to take up Hassan’s vetoes. Hassan and Republican leaders are in a stalemate over business tax cuts, although both say they’d like a deal by next week.

Balkus says she hopes a deal is reached.

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