CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Republican-led New Hampshire Legislature on Thursday passed a two-year state budget that includes not only $13.5 billion in spending but tax cuts, abortion restrictions and controversial education programs and policies.

When Democrats controlled both chambers two years ago, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed the budget and forced the state to operate under a temporary spending plan until a compromise was signed into law three months later. And though Republicans won control of both the House and Senate in November, that didn’t ensure a smoother path this year.

Divisions among House Republicans had threatened to derail the process, with some objecting to the inclusion of Sununu’s paid family and medical leave proposal and what they viewed as insufficient limits on the governor’s power during a state of emergency. But in the end, the House approved the spending bill on a vote of 208-172 as well as companion legislation that includes both related and unrelated policy changes on a vote of 198-181. The Senate vote on both bills was 14-10, and Sununu is expected to sign them.

“Historic tax cuts, property tax relief and Paid Family Medical Leave delivered all in one sweeping action is a win for every citizen and family in this state,” he said in a statement.

The compromise legislation approved Thursday spends about $300 million less than what Sununu proposed in February and roughly $150 million less than what the House initially approved in…

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