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Unemployment Benefits and Temporary Income Supplements Provide Financial Support During the COVID-19 Crisis

April 2, 2020 Common Cents
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As a result of the necessary public health steps to combat to the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, financial strains on individuals and families are emerging rapidly. Recommendations, guidelines, and emergency orders from federal and state officials have led to profound changes to the ways Granite Staters live and work. In order to assist those affected, the State of New Hampshire and the federal government have expanded unemployment benefits and created temporary income supplements for many individuals and families.

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Federal CARES Act to Provide Relief to Residents, $1.25 Billion to New Hampshire State Government

March 27, 2020 Common Cents
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The United States Congress has approved federal emergency relief for individuals and states in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This approximately $2 trillion emergency relief package provides supports for individuals, families with children, and states in the forms of one-time grants, unemployment compensation benefits, and other assistance, with many other provisions designed to help people and businesses through the COVID-19 public health crisis and sharp economic contraction. The CARES Act is the third, and by far the largest in appropriations, of three bills from Congress in March to address the COVID-19 crisis.

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Food Insecurity Among Granite State Students May Increase Due to COVID-19 Crisis

March 25, 2020 Common Cents
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Many New Hampshire students from households with low incomes are food insecure and depend on access to free or reduced-price meals at school. These meals are provided through a combination of federal, state, and local programs designed to reduce food insecurity. With New Hampshire schools closed at least through April 3 in response to the COVID-19 crisis, programs to provide pick-up and delivered meals will help, but some students and their families may experience reduced access to this important source of nutrition.

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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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