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Hassan: NH public expects tough spending choices

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan says the spending choices she makes in her proposed budget may disappoint some, but New Hampshire voters expect fiscal prudence from their leaders.

Hassan tells The Associated Press that she believes residents know times are still tough and the economy is still fragile. Hassan says she is beginning to meet with people and listen to state department heads and others to set priorities for the budget she must present to the Legislature in mid-February.

But Hassan says it is early yet to say what spending or cuts she will recommend.

She says one revenue possibility will be legalizing a casino to produce revenue. She says she will consider including gambling revenue in her budget if, after talking to legislators, she feels passage of gambling legislation is realistic.

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