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Measuring New Hampshire’s Municipalities: Economic Disparities and Fiscal Capacities

August 29, 2018 State Economy

New Hampshire is a state with large differences between the more urban regions, primarily in the southeastern part of the state, and less urban regions in the west and north. The southeastern part of the state has generally larger concentrations of population, higher median incomes among residents, and lower poverty rates compared to the western and northern regions. However, examinations of smaller areas within county boundaries show significant disparities as well. Each New Hampshire municipality has a different population size, income, poverty level, and aggregate property value that impacts the capacity of local governments to attract businesses and residents and provide needed services.

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New Hampshire’s Economy: Strengths and Constraints

June 4, 2018 State Economy

New Hampshire has experienced a relatively robust economy in recent years. Growth has returned to rates similar to those from before the Great Recession, and the unemployment rate has remained below three percent since late 2015. Incomes appear to have increased for workers, with many middle- and low-income workers finally returning to near pre-Recession levels of income. However, job creation has been strongest in industries with wages below statewide averages and has been uneven in different regions of the state, while both housing and workforce constraints are likely limiting economic growth.

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Medicaid Expansion in New Hampshire and the State Senate’s Proposed Changes

March 30, 2018 Health Policy
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New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion is an important program with impacts on the state’s public health and economy. Medicaid expansion provides health coverage to approximately 52,000 low-income people in New Hampshire, and more than 90 percent of program expenses have been funded by the federal government since the program began in 2014. Since that time, hundreds of millions of federal dollars have helped provide medical care for Granite Staters and contributed to the state economy, both through payments to medical providers and helping ensure a healthy, productive workforce, and assisting the state’s efforts to combat the ongoing opioid crisis.

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Increases to SNAP Benefits Would Offset Higher Food Costs and Boost the Economy

30 Jul 2020

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides critical nutritional aid to individuals and families with low incomes, including those who have faced income losses. As Granite Staters continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, aiding those who are most affected and who have the fewest resources will help ensure they weather the crisis while supporting the economic recovery as well. Federal policy actions so far have provided temporary emergency SNAP allotments to recipients, along with extended nutritional benefits to certain children due to school closures, temporarily easing certain redetermination criteria, among other changes. Despite these actions, additional benefits may be needed as more impacts of the COVID-19 crisis become known, and as other supports expire or are discontinued. Additional SNAP benefits would help support Granite Staters who are experiencing food insecurity while providing a boost to the economy.

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