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NH House passes $11B budget

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's House has passed the companion bill to an $11 billion, two-year budget that makes law changes needed to implement the spending plan.

The House voted 194-172 Wednesday to pass the budget, then five hours later voted 193-166 to pass the second bill. The Senate next takes up the budget package.

Unlike Gov. Maggie Hassan's, the House proposal does not count on $80 million in fees from licensing a new casino. Without the revenues, budget writers propose scaling back education aid such as giving a smaller increase to the state's university system and putting off implementation of a new school construction program. The proposal also would place a moratorium on new charter schools.

The House proposal spends about $52 million less than Hassan from state tax sources.

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