House passes a state budget, to the surprise of many

Over a three-hour process packed with floor amendments, representatives quibbled around the edges and made some changes. What emerged, however, was a bipartisan agreement that raises Medicaid rate increases above what Gov. Chris Sununu asked for, includes an increase in targeted aid to public schools, adds new curbs on gubernatorial emergency powers, removes a proposed expansion to the “education freedom account” program, expands eligibility for free and reduced-price lunches in schools, and keeps proposed raises for state employees.  READ MORE