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Testimony before the Commission to Study Business Taxes

February 6, 2012 State Tax Policy
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The legislative Commission to Study Business Taxes met Monday, February 6, to receive public input on its draft report recommending changes to New Hampshire’s tax system. Taken together, the recommendations would mean a substantial revenue loss for the state. Had the recommendations been in place for the current biennium, they would have reduced state revenue by a conservative estimate of $100 million. This kind of revenue loss would likely require major cuts to public services, including infrastructure and education that are critical to attracting new businesses. NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch testified that the proposals may hurt economic growth, not help.

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Testimony Regarding Education Tax Credits

January 23, 2012 Research, State Tax Policy

Proposed legislation to create a tax credit for businesses that contribute to private scholarship funds would be costly for state officials to implement and would divert scarce public resources to private interests. In particular, state aid to public schools would likely be cut even though there is no evidence students receiving subsidies to attend non-public schools do any better than their public school peers. NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch urged the House Ways and Means committee to oppose these tax credits aimed at helping students attending private, religious or home schools.

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Tobacco Tax Cut Likely to Lose Millions in Revenue, Leave FY12-13 Budget Out of Balance

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House and Senate lawmakers agreed to reduce the state’s cigarette tax by 10 cents per pack and lower taxes on other tobacco products as part of the two-year budget starting July 1. Based on the latest data available from state revenue officials, this is likely to reduce tax revenue by at least $14 million to $30 million. It now appears that budget negotiators failed to account for any such revenue loss, meaning that the budget for the coming biennium will likely end up out of balance.

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Legislature Considers Mini-Budget, Many Other Spending Bills as Session Ends

14 May 2018

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Following a flurry of amendments to existing bills, the Legislature now faces major spending decisions in a non-budget year that would make use of the current unrestricted revenue surplus. Bills to authorize new State expenditures totaling approximately $130.4 million, which is in addition to the current State operating budget, propose major changes, including a new agreement with hospitals over reimbursements, education and transportation infrastructure funding, State employee salary increases, and reductions in state revenue. The Legislature is convening a Committee of Conference on the largest bill on May 15, and plans to wrap up all its business by May 24.