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NH Senate starting work on budget

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The state Senate isn't wasting any time getting to work on a budget for New Hampshire for the two years beginning in July.

The Senate Finance Committee will hear from its House counterparts Monday on how they put together their $11 billion spending plan. The House passed its version of the budget Wednesday, and House Finance Committee members will talk about what changes they made to the budget recommended by Gov. Maggie Hassan in February.

A key difference between the two chambers is what revenues they use to pay for spending. The Senate and Hassan support legalizing a casino to raise money. The House has never approved a casino bill.

The Senate votes on its plan in early June and then the two chambers will meet to negotiate a compromise.