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Testimony Regarding Constitutional Amendment CACR13

April 11, 2012 State Tax Policy
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A proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit any new tax on a person’s income all but guarantees lengthy court battles over state tax policy, according to NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch, who testified against CACR 13 before the Senate Internal Affairs Committee on Wednesday, April 4.

McLynch also presented an analysis written by University of New Hampshire law professor Marcus Hurn, who is author of several scholarly articles on the N.H. Constitution and its taxing authority. According to Hurn, incorporating CACR 13 into the constitution “would start a cascade of constitutional questions that could take years to settle.”

McLynch’s testimony and a link to Hurn’s analysis follow:

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Constitutional Limits on Taxes or Spending Would Increase Pressure on Local Property Taxes

March 20, 2012 Research, State Tax Policy
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Local governments across New Hampshire have received less aid from the state to meet the needs of local citizens and businesses in recent years. As a result, they have been forced to increase local property taxes to preserve the education, public safety, transportation, and other services that make New Hampshire’s communities desirable places to live, work, and visit. Competing versions of a constitutional amendment now before the Legislature risk adding to these pressures when New Hampshire already relies on local property taxes more than any other state.

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Proposed Spending Cap Could Lock In Current Spending Cuts for a Decade

February 13, 2012 State Tax Policy

A proposal to rewrite the New Hampshire Constitution to cap the growth of state spending at the rate of inflation would create a new set of problems when it comes to developing a smart budget.

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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.