Deadline approaches to reach N.H. budget accord

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Time is running out for House and Senate budget negotiators to reach accord on a spending plan for New Hampshire for the two years starting July 1.

The deadline to sign off on a compromise is noon Thursday. The Democratic-led House negotiating team and Republican-led Senate team have been meeting since Friday to find common ground mostly on how to pay for spending and on whether to expand Medicaid to an estimated 58,000 poor adults.

On Tuesday, the House proposed expanding Medicaid for three years instead of indefinitely. That is how long the federal government will pay 100 percent of the costs.


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