CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s top elected officials are keeping a close and wary eye on the struggles in Washington over the fiscal cliff.
They say federal spending cuts could make an already lean state budget leaner, hurt New Hampshire defense contractors and increase unemployment.
House Speaker Terie Norelli led a delegation representing eight states to Washington last week to meet with White House officials and urge them to consider states’ needs when making spending decisions. Norelli is the president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. She said Wednesday that New Hampshire could lose valuable federal aid.
Senate Republican Leader Jeb Bradley said New Hampshire is at the mercy of Washington. He said the uncertainty over federal spending decisions will make writing a new two-year state budget much more difficult.