NH House Postpones Cutting State Budget

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The New Hampshire House has voted to postpone action on a bill making $47 million in cuts to the state budget.

House Finance Chairwoman Marjorie Smith said Wednesday the governor is still working on his plan to close an expected $140 million shortfall in the budget for the two years through June 2011.

Republican Leader Sherman Packard criticized the move and urged the House to act immediately.But the House voted 212-151 to wait.

The House also rejected Republican pleas to pass legislation to repeal a tax on small businesses. Democrats said they support repealing the tax, but not until the proposed law’s language is refined.

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