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 AnnMarie French – Executive Director

AnnMarie French is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. Prior to assuming this role, AnnMarie served as NHFPI’s communications manager for four years. AnnMarie previously served as editor for the New Hampshire Local Government Center’s New Hampshire Town and City magazine and other New Hampshire Municipal Association resource publications for local officials. She has held various communications roles for the City of Boston, including marketing communications specialist for the Department of Neighborhood Development, focusing on neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, and small business programs. AnnMarie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and a Master of Business Administration from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Leadership NH, Class of 2017. Contact AnnMarie by email at afrench [at] nhfpi.org.

 

Phil Sletten – Senior Policy Analyst

Phil Sletten is Senior Policy Analyst for NHFPI. He previously served as a performance auditor for the New Hampshire Office of Legislative Budget Assistant, where he provided analysis on a wide range of state agency operations. In this role, Phil co-authored reports on various state programs within the Departments of Transportation, Safety, and Health and Human Services, as well as the Veteran’s Home; he also conducted research related to the Community College System. Born and raised in New Hampshire, he brings first-hand knowledge of the state’s unique attributes and ongoing challenges. Phil has a Bachelor of Arts in political science and policy studies from Grinnell College, located in Grinnell, Iowa, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with emphases on tax, economic, and environmental policy. He is a graduate of Leadership NH, Class of 2018. Contact Phil at psletten [at] nhfpi.org.

 

Michael Polizzotti photoMichael Polizzotti – Policy Analyst

Michael Polizzotti is a Policy Analyst for NHFPI. As a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) – Paul College of Business and Economics in Durham, with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Economics, Michael brings unique insights of applied and economic theory to use in his analyses. His past research projects include work surrounding food insecurity and nutrition, especially among low income individuals, and the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the healthcare and labor choices of young adults. While attending UNH, Michael worked with several institutions at both the federal and state level. These include roles with the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Commercial Service, and the N.H. Division of Economic Development. As a New Hampshire native, Michael offers a valuable perspective on the policy climate in the state and the challenges faced by those who live and work here. Contact Michael at mpolizzotti [at] nhfpi.org.

 

Emily Woodward – Communications and Operations Associate

Emily Woodward is the Communications and Operations Associate for NHFPI. Emily brings experience in the fields of education, communications, and marketing, including graphic design and event planning. She also worked as a freelance reporter for the Lakes Region newspapers covering town meetings and writing feature articles. Emily is a graduate of Plymouth State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. A native of New Hampshire, Emily lives and works in Downtown Concord and appreciates all the Capital City has to offer. Contact Emily at ewoodward [at] nhfpi.org.

 

 

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New Hampshire Expands Access to Safety Net Programs and Supports During the COVID-19 Crisis

3 Apr 2020

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Programs such as Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provide means-tested benefits that help support the basic needs of individuals and families with low incomes. During these times of profound economic instability, assistance to families and individuals living at or near the poverty line, along with those who have experienced sudden large drops in income, is indispensable. Strengthening the safety net, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced temporary changes, beginning April 1, 2020, to certain administrative aspects of these programs at the State level. In addition to other emergency federal and state-level changes to unemployment benefits, the changes to these safety net programs expand access to targeted assistance for individuals and families during the COVID-19 crisis.

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