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Food Assistance Programs Provide Critical Relief and Boost the Economy

April 21, 2020 Common Cents
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As the COVID-19 crisis progresses, the economic impact on many Granite Staters will be intense, with disproportionate effects on individuals and families with lower incomes and limited resources. The financial and economic burdens on those affected demonstrates the importance of nutrition assistance programs as more Granite Staters may struggle to make ends meet. With initial unemployment claims in the first three weeks following the beginning of the crisis exceeding 100,000 in New Hampshire, the need for programs providing nutritional aid has grown dramatically, and will be key as the state continues to move through this crisis.

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

April 3, 2020 Common Cents
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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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March State Revenues Underperform Ahead of Coming Declines

April 3, 2020 Common Cents
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With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis dramatically impacting New Hampshire’s economy and employment in key sectors, State revenues are likely to be significantly reduced relative to expectations, threatening vital services in a time of high need. March revenues do not yet reflect the expected impacts, as many collections are based on activity from months preceding the onset of this crisis. However, sharp declines in economic activity and shifts in the timing of tax filings make future revenues more difficult to predict, and the State may need to shore up revenues in the face of substantial shortfalls even with incoming federal assistance.

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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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