NH House Votes To Send $5M To Communities

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New Hampshire’s House has voted to send $5 million in additional aid to communities.

The House voted 189-169 Wednesday to send the bill to the Senate after a brief debate. Democratic leaders had recommended killing the bill since supporters had not identified how to pay for the aid.

Democratic leaders prevailed in killing the next bill which would have sent another $50 million in general state aid to communities.

Finance Chairman Marjorie Smith, a Durham Democrat, said it would be irresponsible to approve the spending without identifying budget cuts. She said cutting the budget could mean reducing services to the poor.

Hudson Republican Shawn Jasper countered that communities need the money. He said lawmakers should cut the budget.

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