Gov. Hassan signs $245m capital budget into law
The prison has been a public works priority for years, but lawmakers failed to get the funding approved until this year. Women prisoners at the current facility in Goffstown last year filed a class action lawsuit claiming they do not receive the same services, counseling and work opportunities that are available at the state prison for men.
The budget also includes $8 million for University System of New Hampshire capital projects, with another $13 million designated for the community college system.
Web-based initiatives and improved technology are a big part of the budget, including a project called Business One-Stop, which would aggregate services online for business owners, and another program that would create a statewide database of all professional license-holders. Continued funding of the E-Court Initiative will enable all documents and forms to enter the court system electronically.
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