Capital Beat: Inside Sununu’s budget requests
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There’s an accepted process during New Hampshire’s budget season. The governor unveils the main ticket item, the recommended budget: 1,000-plus pages of line items and department totals. Then he or she releases the trailer bill, House Bill 2, the policy apparatus behind the budget that sets the governor’s priorities for the biennium.
And for years, Gov. Chris Sununu has bristled at that second process, chastising lawmakers and prior governors for using that second bill as a sandbox for pet projects, moonshots and unwarranted overhauls. There’s a time and place for that, Sununu has said, and it’s not in a budget bill.