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New Hampshire’s Tax System Asks Far Less of the Wealthy than of the Poor

January 14, 2015 State Tax Policy
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More than five years after the end of the Great Recession, many Granite Staters are still struggling. The typical household’s income has yet to recover the ground it lost during the economic downturn, while wages for individuals and families at the bottom of the income distribution are still where they were two decades ago. In fact, a new report shows that, on average, the wealthiest families in New Hampshire pay an effective state and local tax rate that is less than one-third of the rate faced by families just trying to make ends meet.

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Testimony Regarding BET and Tipped Wages

May 14, 2013 State Tax Policy
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I am here today to voice opposition to Amendment 2013-1668s, which seeks to reduce the taxes owed by businesses that employ wait staff and other workers that receive some of their pay in the form of tips. As proposed, the amendment would make the struggle to finance public services vital to New Hampshire’s economic health that much more difficult. Furthermore, the amendment may establish a double standard in the treatment of tips under law. Finally, the amendment would undermine the basic purpose of the BET, eating away at its base and compromising the stability it brings to New Hampshire’s tax system. Consequently, I urge the Committee to reject the amendment.

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Exempting Internet Access from Taxation Would Increase Fiscal Stress

April 25, 2012 State Tax Policy
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A proposal before lawmakers to exempt Internet access from New Hampshire’s Communications Services Tax could reduce state revenue by as much as $12 million annually.

Like the tobacco tax cut, this reduction was never accounted for in the state budget. As NHFPI’s latest Issue Brief explains, the proposal would therefore add to the fiscal stress New Hampshire faces now and in the future. More to the point, it could force policymakers to make further cuts to areas such as higher education and health care.

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New Data Show Food Insecurity Levels Declining Prior to the COVID-19 Crisis

10 Sep 2020

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According to data released on September 9 by the United States Department of Agriculture, food insecurity levels in New Hampshire continued to decline during 2019, prior to the onset of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The report outlines the trends of reduced food insecurity in the nation and in New Hampshire, declining from the higher levels resulting from the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. The overall improvements to the state economy through 2019, along with the effectiveness of key nutritional aid programs, did contribute to lower levels of food insecurity, although the benefits of the economic recovery did not reach all Granite Staters in an equal or timely manner. Although food insecurity levels declined through the years preceding 2020, the current crisis facing Granite Staters is not reflected in these 2019 data. The recent economic pressures on many individuals and families with lower incomes in New Hampshire have been severe, and current levels of food insecurity are very likely to be substantially higher.