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

June 2, 2015 State Budget
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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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New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage Falls Further Behind

6 Jan 2020

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The federal minimum wage is the lowest hourly wage that can be paid to most workers anywhere in the nation. Since its inception at the national level in 1938, when only certain workers were covered, the wage has increased and encompassed more types of employees over time. State law sets New Hampshire’s minimum wage to the federal minimum level, currently at $7.25 per hour. An individual working 40 hours per week at this wage will make about $15,000 per year, assuming they work all 52 weeks. This income level is below the federal poverty guidelines for all households other than a single person, and well below the levels for households that include a partner and children.