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Interpreting the Significance of the October County Census Data Release

October 26, 2017 Common Cents
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NHFPI recently published a Fact Sheet showing the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey estimates for counties and municipalities in New Hampshire. These one-year data provide snapshot estimates of economic indicators in the state’s counties for data collected in 2016. As they are only one-year data and rely on small sample sizes, they are less reliable than other samples, including data covering a five-year window to be released in December, at providing an accurate estimate for key indicators. However, these data provide more timely estimates of people’s income and poverty status in different parts of the state, and offer insights into the directions these indicators are moving and areas of concern.

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Lackluster September State Revenues Reduce Surplus

October 4, 2017 Common Cents
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September was the first big month for revenue collection of State fiscal year (SFY) 2018, and while the total cash collected should not yet ring alarm bells, overall receipts were nothing to boast about. This trend continues observations from SFY 2017, which ended June 30, 2017, and the first two months of the current fiscal year. The General and Education Trust Funds, the primary repositories for the least restricted revenue streams from State taxation, were $2.3 million (0.5 percent) above plan for the year after September’s receipts, but that was down from $4.6 million at the end of August, with September’s shortfall relative to the revenue plan cutting the unrestricted cash revenue surplus in half.

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Medicaid Block Grant Proposals Would Significantly Reduce Funding for New Hampshire

September 25, 2017 Common Cents
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This year, policy proposals at the federal level, particularly those related to Medicaid, have often employed the concepts of “block grants” or “per capita caps.” All recent high-profile proposals to alter Medicaid using these concepts would effectively reduce federal funding to the state relative to current law.

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New Hampshire’s Complex Transportation Funding Challenges

30 Jan 2018

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Investments in the operation, maintenance, and construction of transportation infrastructure in New Hampshire often draw from many different sources and funds. Decisions about financing mixes, timelines, projected interest costs, and the effects of deteriorating or enhanced transportation infrastructure at any level of government can all influence projects.