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Education Funding in the House Budget

May 6, 2019 State Budget

The House version of the State Budget would significantly enhance funding for local education in New Hampshire. The proposal would deploy an additional $165.3 million to local public education over the biennium, directing additional ongoing aid primarily to communities with relatively low property values per student and high percentages of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. These communities either have a limited property tax base from which they can draw to fund education locally, a relatively large number of students who are from households in or near poverty, or both, indicating their local fiscal capacities are more constrained as they have more limited abilities to raise revenue for education on a per-student basis.

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The House State Budget for State Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021

April 25, 2019 State Budget
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The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to pass its version of the State Budget on April 11, proposing to shift significant resources to education and health services during the next two fiscal years. The House budget would enhance State support for local public education, public higher education, services for those with developmental disabilities and mental health needs, affordable housing, and housing assistance services. The House budget funds these services in part by relying on surplus dollars from the current biennium and expand existing tax revenue sources. The House budget adds child protection workers, building on the Governor’s proposed additions, and boosts funding for transportation.

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The Governor’s Budget Proposal, State Fiscal Years 2020-2021

March 29, 2019 State Budget
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In the second State Budget proposal of his tenure, Governor Chris Sununu prioritized the health and well-being of certain vulnerable populations while supporting certain significant new expenditures and policy initiatives with one-time funds rather than ongoing commitments. The Governor’s proposal takes advantage of a recent influx of revenue to support building and capacity projects, particularly related to the State’s health system and infrastructure, but does not shift significant revenue to local public education or back to cities and towns on a continuing basis. With a relatively strong economy in New Hampshire and favorable State revenues, budget writers have an opportunity to invest and build a stronger, more resilient economy.

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

3 Apr 2020

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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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