Budget, and continuing resolution, pass House, Senate

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) A $13 billion, two-year state budget is on its way to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who is likely to veto it because it includes a rollback of planned business tax cuts.

Democrats control both the House and Senate, and the budget and the enabling policy bill passed both chambers Thursday along strict party lines. Lawmakers also approved a continuing resolution to maintain current spending for three months starting July 1 if the budget is vetoed.

Democrats say the budget addresses the state's most pressing problems, including mental health care and the opioid crisis. Republicans argue it relies on one-time surplus funds for ongoing expenses and will drive the state toward an income tax.

In 2015, it took three months to strike a deal after Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed the budget.

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