Lynch Urges $60 Million Cut In NH Spending

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Governor John Lynch wants New Hampshire lawmakers to cut another $60 million in spending, raise the cigarette tax by 20 cents a pack and restructure state debt to close a projected $220 million budget shortfall.

Surrounded by critics of the plan, Lynch outlined his solution to the budget crisis at a hearing yesterday.

He dodged a question about why he opposes a bill to legalize video slots to raise money, and said he’s waiting for a report on gambling from a special commission he appointed.

Lynch also reiterated his opposition to a general sales or income tax. He said both would harm New Hampshire. Critics say the cuts he’s proposed go too deep.

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