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Federal Cuts to Food Assistance Will Hurt NH Families

August 2, 2013 Common Cents

SNAP-Cuts-graphicMillions of struggling families – including one in six children in New Hampshire – face cuts to federal food assistance just in time for Thanksgiving this year.

Reductions in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, will hit 117,000 recipients in New Hampshire along with 47 million Americans nationwide after Oct. 31. Twenty-two million of those who rely on federal food assistance in this country are children.

The benefits, which had been expanded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) due to the poor economy, are about to expire despite the lack of economic progress for low-income families in the wake of the recession.

For a family of three, the cuts translate to $29 less per month for food – or $319 over the remaining 11 months of the fiscal year, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and included in a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. This leaves families — many of whom are working part-time or in low-wage jobs — with an average of less than $1.40 per person per meal.

In addition to helping to feed hungry families, SNAP is one of the fastest, most effective ways to stimulate a struggling economy.  Every $1 increase in SNAP benefits generates about $1.70 in economic activity, according to the Center.

The across-the-board cuts scheduled for November will reduce the program by $5 billion in fiscal year 2014 alone.

For more information, check out the full report at http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3899.

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Legislature Passes Budget, Now Heading to the Governor

22 Jun 2017

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On June 22, both the New Hampshire House and the Senate passed HB 144, the primary budget bill, and HB 517, the budget trailer bill, as proposed by the Committee of Conference. These two bills allocate and direct funding for the next two State fiscal years (SFY), which begin on July 1, 2017 and end June 30, 2019. HB 144 authorizes and appropriates $11.855 billion for SFYs 2018-2019 for State agencies to use, although the Legislature assumes State agencies will lapse a certain percentage of their appropriations and spend less money overall. This lapse, however, is not included in the amount agencies are legally appropriated in HB 144.