CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan is telling New Hampshire agency heads their spending requests for the next 2-year budget are more than the economy or taxpayers can afford.
Hassan and Gov. John Lynch opened three days of hearings Monday into agency budget requests by cautioning that the economy - while improved - is not robust enough to pay for all the requested spending.
Hassan said she felt the outgoing Republican Legislature made some wrong choices in its budget, but her administration cannot reverse course all at once.
Spending requests for the state-tax funded portion of the budget total 26% more than the current budget. Spending requests for the budget from all funds, including federal and highway sources, are 19% higher.
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