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John Shea – Executive Director

John Shea is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. He brings more than 20 years’ experience with the New England Governors’ Conference (NEGC), including three years as executive director and thirteen years as director of policy and programs. During his tenure, John transformed the NEGC into a leading policy development and implementation organization, whose work has become a model for regional and international policy-making involving a broad range of stakeholders including government, business, and nonprofit organizations. John most recently served as head of policy and economic advisor for the government of the Falkland Islands. Prior to this role, he was president and CEO for the Sino-American Business Consortium, LLC, a clean technology and renewable energy consultancy based in Providence, Rhode Island. John has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a Master of Arts from Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Contact John by email at jshea [at] nhfpi.org.

 

 AnnMarie French – Communications Manager

AnnMarie French is the Communications Manager at NHFPI. She 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 currently is enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Contact AnnMarie by email at afrench [at] nhfpi.org.

 

Phil Sletten – Policy Analyst

Phil Sletten is a 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. Contact Phil at psletten [at] nhfpi.org.

 

 

 

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State’s Diverse Tax Base Stabilizes Revenue, But Business Tax Changes May Increase Volatility

29 Jun 2017

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New Hampshire’s state tax revenue is relatively stable, but the State’s largest tax may be among the most volatile types of common taxes, a new analysis from The Pew Charitable Trusts suggests. Between 1997 and 2016, New Hampshire’s tax volatility, as measured through percentage changes from the prior fiscal year, was only higher than five other states, suggesting New Hampshire’s tax revenues do not typically deviate dramatically from year to year relative to other states. However, digging into the diverse revenue streams and drawing on the experiences from other states shows some risk for New Hampshire.