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Budget Amendments Hit Uncompensated Care

A series of amendments expected tomorrow from Republican members of the House would take a large chunk out of uncompensated care payments to hospitals. If approved, they would reduce by 29 percent the $164 million the House budget would otherwise devote to uncompensated care.

NHFPI has compiled a summary of the amendments to be considered tomorrow.  Out of 17 proposed amendments, four would divert significant sums away from uncompensated care to offset changes elsewhere in the budget.  Those amendments would:

  • reduce, at a cost of $20 million over the biennium, the proposed cigarette tax rate from $1.98 per pack to $1.88 per pack;
  • eliminate provisions temporarily suspending three business tax cuts enacted under the previous legislature, a loss of approximately $13 million over the course of FY14-15;
  • appropriate $7.2 million for school building aid in FY15, and;
  • increase the cap on county nursing home payments by $6.95 million total over the biennium.

If each of these amendments were adopted, the affect would be to reduce the amount of uncompensated care payments by a total of $47 million over the biennium. For more about the House Finance Committee’s budget proposal as it stands without these amendments, click here.

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Elections Highlight Continuing Questions About Keno Revenue

8 Nov 2017

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While results are still preliminary, Keno gaming appears to have been legalized in seven cities around New Hampshire as a result of Tuesday’s votes. The margin of victory in Rochester for Keno legalization was reportedly only one vote and may still be subject to change or recount, but voters appear to have legalized Keno gaming in Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, Rochester, and Somersworth. Voters in Concord, Dover, and Keene voted against Keno gaming legalization. Franklin had legalized Keno gaming previously, and the Portsmouth City Council decided to not put Keno on the ballot. Other municipalities, including the City of Lebanon, may make decisions regarding Keno legalization next year. These results have implications for State policy and finances.