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NHFPI Testifies in Support of Increase to NH Minimum Wage

February 11, 2014 Research, State Economy

The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) today joined New Hampshire legislators, small business owners, and a broad coalition of statewide organizations in voicing support for an increase to New Hampshire’s minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour and the lowest in New England. NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch provided testimony …

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Proposed Database Purchase Costly, Duplicative and Potentially Less Effective than Existing Safeguards

Manchester NH

NHFPI looks at the eligibility determination system and verification protocols currently used to ensure funds for New Hampshire’s Financial Assistance to Needy Families program, Medicaid and Food Stamps are used appropriately. Lawmakers are considering adding a new layer of enforcement. More specifically, HB 1658, presently before the Senate Finance Committee, would require the state to buy or build a new computerized income and identity verification system.

A closer examination of the proposal reveals several potential concerns, including evidence that the proposed database searches are likely to lead to false positives because they flag information that is flawed or irrelevant to eligibility.

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Capping Assistance Would Affect Few but Add to Economic Hardship for Some Children

February 6, 2012 Research, State Economy
Manchester NH

In any given month in 2010, some 11,000 people looked to New Hampshire’s Financial Assistance for Needy Families (FANF) program for help in meeting everyday needs. Of that number, nearly three in four were children, many of whom are being cared for by relatives in the absence of a parent. The cash benefits available under FANF are temporary in nature, generally contingent upon meeting some form of work or education requirement, and fall well short of securing even the most basic of essentials. In fact, the average monthly FANF payment of $507 amounts to less than half the poverty level for a parent and child.

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Census Data Show Challenges with Income, Poverty, and Housing Costs

14 Sep 2017

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The Census Bureau released the one-year estimates for 2016 population characteristics based on the American Community Survey on September 14, showing poverty and unemployment in New Hampshire continue to decline in the wake of the Great Recession, but some groups are still struggling more than others. The poverty rate, or the number of people below the poverty threshold, dropped a statistically significant amount between 2015 and 2016, from 8.2 percent to 7.3 percent, with an estimated 94,289 Granite Staters in poverty in 2016.