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The Senate Finance Committee’s Proposed FY 2016-2017 Budget

June 2, 2015 State Budget
Senate Chamber

Buoyed by a more optimistic outlook for revenue collections over the next two years, the version of the FY 2016-2017 budget approved by the Senate Finance Committee would mitigate some of the spending reductions adopted by the House of Representatives and would reverse others completely. Nevertheless, the Committee’s version of the budget lacks permanent changes in policy necessary to address the failure of the state’s revenue system to recover from the national recession. Consequently, the Committee’s budget proposal falls short of the plan offered by Governor Hassan, both in terms of investments critical to New Hampshire’s economic future and the amount of resources allocated to services designed to protect the most vulnerable Granite Staters.

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NHFPI Testimony Before the Senate Finance Committee Regarding the FY 2016-2017 Budget

May 5, 2015 State Budget
New Hampshire State House

On May 5, 2015, New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute Executive Director Jeff McLynch provided testimony regarding the FY 2016-2017 state budget at a public hearing held before the Senate Finance Committee. NHFPI testimony focused on two key areas: the restoration of funding for vital services and the impact of proposed business tax cuts, and the reauthorization of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.

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The House Finance Committee’s Proposed FY 2016-2017 Budget

March 30, 2015 State Budget
New Hampshire State House

Constrained by state revenues that have failed to rebound since the national recession and a refusal to consider options to bolster them in a meaningful and sustainable fashion, the version of the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget approved by the House Finance Committee would provide significantly fewer resources for an array of public services than the budget recommended by Governor Hassan in February. Compared to the Governor’s plan, the budget the full House of Representatives will consider this week would reduce investments in physical infrastructure, higher education, and other areas critical to New Hampshire’s economic future and would imperil services designed to protect the most vulnerable residents of the Granite State.

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Elections Highlight Continuing Questions About Keno Revenue

8 Nov 2017

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While results are still preliminary, Keno gaming appears to have been legalized in seven cities around New Hampshire as a result of Tuesday’s votes. The margin of victory in Rochester for Keno legalization was reportedly only one vote and may still be subject to change or recount, but voters appear to have legalized Keno gaming in Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, Rochester, and Somersworth. Voters in Concord, Dover, and Keene voted against Keno gaming legalization. Franklin had legalized Keno gaming previously, and the Portsmouth City Council decided to not put Keno on the ballot. Other municipalities, including the City of Lebanon, may make decisions regarding Keno legalization next year. These results have implications for State policy and finances.