NH negotiators expected to sign off on $13B budget

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire budget negotiators have agreed on a compromise two-year spending plan that's likely to be vetoed if it passes the House and Senate next week.

With about half an hour to spare, a committee of lawmakers on Thursday approved a $13 billion budget that will be voted on by the full Legislature June 27. Members said it addresses multiple crises including the opioid epidemic, child protection and mental health, while providing property tax relief and a boost in education funding.

The proposal essentially eliminates a paid family and medical leave program that would have triggered a veto from Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who opposed it because one of the funding options for businesses was a payroll deduction. But it still includes business tax rates Sununu opposes.

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