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Hassan Eyes 3 Percent Budget Cut

Get out the NH budget cleaver?

Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan is calling on state agencies to submit 2014 budgets that spend 97 percent of their adjusted 2013 appropriation.

For Fiscal Year 2015, Hassan wants to see budgets that are 100 percent of the adjusted 2013 appropriation. In a memo to state agencies Dec. 5, she directed:

“While we are beginning to see signs of recovery and revenue growth, we face fiscal uncertainty, particularly around how decisions in Washington and the so-called fiscal cliff will impact New Hampshire’s state budget, economic growth and revenues. There are also investments that we must make as a state in the coming two years in order to protect the health and safety of our citizens and to build an innovative economy that will ensure long-term growth. These budget targets will give us options and flexibility to assess and respond to unfolding economic and external events.”

She underscored, however, that the 97 percent budget targets should not include cuts that would "violate maintenance of effort requirements or federal laws or regulations that should focus on identifying reductions through innovation and efficiencies, not across-the-board cuts."

Hassan will deliver her budget recommendations for 2014-2015 on Feb. 15.

– Dan.Tuohy@patch.com

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Tammy December 10, 2012 at 02:12 AM
News Flash-Please research the Morrill Land Grant Act and others that followed regarding the purpose of State Universities. If you or others want to label this long held tradition in America as nanny state socialism, go for it...It is the real American way. I do agree tuition is absurd. Unlike you, I do not blame the Professors and Teachers who have no fault. Not many educators make that amount, and those that do probably deserve it after many years of service.
Atlant December 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM
We don't call our state government a "congress"; we call it "the Legislature". And "Adjusted Budget" is a term of art but with legal meaning; call the State Treasurer's office for details.
Atlant December 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM
News Flash: You need to study the difference between "Capital Budget" and "Operating Budget".
One Man Wolf Pack December 10, 2012 at 02:28 PM
She actually said 3% of adjusted budget; not budget.
One Man Wolf Pack December 10, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I got the details Atlant; what she is saying is she is actually going to raise the budget, not cut it.......watch how this plays out.

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