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The Budget Trailer Bill Hits The Road

February 22, 2017 Common Cents
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On February 21, the Office of Legislative Budget Assistant published the public version of House Bill 2, also called the “Trailer Bill.” In this proposed legislation, Governor Sununu outlined the policy changes that enable some of the proposed modifications to State government indicated in the primary budget document, House Bill 1, released on February 9 to coincide with the Governor’s budget address. House Bill 2 will now be scrutinized by the Legislature and move through the process alongside House Bill 1, which allocates the funding to specific line items.

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At First Glance, A Growing Budget

February 10, 2017 Common Cents
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There are many things not yet known about Governor Sununu’s proposed budget. Although the Governor released his specific spending plan ahead of the February 15 deadline set in State law, he is not required to release the companion bill, commonly called House Bill 2 or the “Trailer Bill,” by the same deadline. This bill also requires the time and attention of the Office of Legislative Services, which transforms policy proposals into formal legislation. House Bill 2 will likely include more details regarding Governor Sununu’s proposed restructuring of two State agencies, targeted State aid for full-day kindergarten, and other policy initiatives not solely related to adding and subtracting funding from budget lines.

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A Good Year for State Revenues

February 1, 2017 Common Cents
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The State of New Hampshire has issued its final report on revenues for state fiscal year (SFY) 2016, which confirms that revenues came in higher than legislators anticipated when they originally built the current state budget in 2015. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was released on January 31 and contains the final, audited numbers for the State’s financial position during SFY 2016, which ended on June 30, 2016.

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Food Insecurity in New Hampshire Remains Higher Than Pre-Recession Levels

21 Sep 2017

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A report released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service shows food insecurity nationally remained at roughly the same level in 2016, 12.3 percent of all households, as in 2015. Food insecurity is higher both nationally and in New Hampshire in the last three years than ten years ago, before the Great Recession. Although progress has been made nationally relative to the next most recent three-year period, New Hampshire has seen no statistically significant change in food insecurity between the last two three-year periods measured, and food insecurity remains higher above pre-Recession levels than the nation as a whole.