CONCORD – As the days go by without a state operating budget, the impasse between Gov. Chris Sununu and Democratic legislative leaders increases the uncertainty for local government officials and state agencies.
While state agencies need to spend more money than allowed under the three-month continuing resolution lawmakers passed and signed, local officials face difficult questions as they begin constructing budgets voters or councils will decide next year.
The $13.3 billion, two-year operating budget contained additional money for expanded and some new programs and also aligned state agency spending with caseloads and last fiscal year’s spending.
Now almost two months through the continuing resolution, agencies are feeling the pinch and the agendas of the Legislative Fiscal Committee and the Governor and Executive Council meetings this week reflect those concerns.