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Committee of Conference Keeps Medicaid Reimbursement Rate Increases, Boosts Fiscal Disparity Aid in Final Budget Agreement

June 24, 2019 Common Cents
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Negotiators from the House and Senate agreed to a final budget proposal in the Committee of Conference for House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 last week, preserving many Senate proposals while incorporating additional education aid and removing the paid family and medical leave proposal supported by both the House and the Senate in their respective versions of the State Budget. The Committee of Conference budget proposal does not include the expansion of the Interest and Dividends Tax to include capital gains as proposed by the House, but freezes business tax rates at 2018 levels. The proposal retains the Senate’s $17.5 million appropriation for a new secure psychiatric facility and $40 million in revenue sharing to municipal governments during the biennium.

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Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief Applications Due June 30

June 17, 2019 Common Cents
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The Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program is a rebate program operated by the State of New Hampshire’s Department of Revenue Administration that provides a relatively small amount of property tax relief to homeowners with limited incomes. Eligible homeowners must earn $20,000 per year or less for a single homeowner or $40,000 per year or less if a person is married or a head of a household. Applicants have until June 30, 2019 to apply for a rebate.

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Senate Passes Budget, Approves Funding Increases for Local Education Aid and Medicaid Rates

June 7, 2019 Common Cents
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After considering a series of amendments to House Bill 2, the Senate accepted the Senate Finance Committee’s proposal for the State Budget without changes on Thursday, June 6. The House is expected to vote on Thursday, June 13 on whether to form a Committee of Conference or accept the Senate’s changes. A Committee of Conference appears likely, given some of the differences between the House and Senate versions of the State Budget. The Senate’s version of the State Budget modifies the House Budget proposal by reducing the amount of aid to local governments for public education, although both proposals would be a significant increase relative to current law or the Governor’s Budget.

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Increases to SNAP Benefits Would Offset Higher Food Costs and Boost the Economy

30 Jul 2020

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides critical nutritional aid to individuals and families with low incomes, including those who have faced income losses. As Granite Staters continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, aiding those who are most affected and who have the fewest resources will help ensure they weather the crisis while supporting the economic recovery as well. Federal policy actions so far have provided temporary emergency SNAP allotments to recipients, along with extended nutritional benefits to certain children due to school closures, temporarily easing certain redetermination criteria, among other changes. Despite these actions, additional benefits may be needed as more impacts of the COVID-19 crisis become known, and as other supports expire or are discontinued. Additional SNAP benefits would help support Granite Staters who are experiencing food insecurity while providing a boost to the economy.

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