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COVID-19 Crisis Effects Greater on Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations in New Hampshire

May 3, 2020 Common Cents
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The COVID-19 crisis is producing disproportionate impacts on New Hampshire’s racially and ethnically diverse residents, with new data mirroring trends also evident at the national level. Individuals identifying as a non-white race or as ethnically Hispanic or Latino appear to be more likely to suffer medically from COVID-19, the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus. Economic factors such as poverty and lower incomes, and the related implications for housing options, access to health care services, and available alternatives for avoiding the virus related to distancing, work, and providing care are likely contributing to these disparities. These uneven impacts and the intersections between contributing factors help show the extent to which those already at a disadvantage are likely to be hurt more deeply by this crisis.

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Key Policies Provide Short-Term Relief and Long-Term Recovery in COVID-19 Crisis

April 29, 2020 Common Cents
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The economic damage done by the COVID-19 crisis threatens both the ability to meet short-term needs and the long-term financial stability of Granite Staters. State and federal policies are playing important roles in providing support for New Hampshire residents and businesses through the immediate crisis. More support will be needed both to prevent widespread economic freefall and to stimulate growth as public health concerns recede. Government policy remedies should provide relief, focused on preventing further short-term economic collapse, and bolster the recovery, which will help to reinvigorate the economy after the crisis.

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Federal Guidance Prevents Use of CARES Act Relief Funds for State Revenue Shortfalls

April 23, 2020 Common Cents
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The State of New Hampshire may not use $1.25 billion in recently received federal funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to offset revenue losses created by the economic impacts of the pandemic, according to guidance issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The guidance, released April 22, effectively prevents the State from deploying this funding to support the existing State Budget, even as State revenues fall short of expectations during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Legislature Finishes Historic Session, Sends Omnibus Bills to Governor’s Desk

10 Jul 2020

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With an abbreviated timeline that prevented further deliberation, the Legislature combined legislation left on the agenda since March and sent both single-issue and omnibus bills to Governor Sununu. The Senate compiled both bills originating in the Senate and the House into larger bill packages, and the House’s schedule only permitted concurrence or rejection of bills relayed to it by the Senate, rather than an amendment process through Committees of Conference. The result was a series of bills covering a wide variety of topics, including future COVID-19 vaccines, expanded dental benefits for Medicaid recipients, raising the minimum wage, unemployment compensation for COVID-19-related reasons, paid family and medical leave, protections for renters behind on payments during the pandemic, telehealth services, New Hampshire Employment Security’s computer systems, and importation of prescription drugs from Canada.

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