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House Budget: Similar Goals but No Gambling Revenue

April 2, 2013 Common Cents

Like the plan offered by Gov. Hassan earlier this year, the version of the FY 2014-2015 budget the House of Representatives will consider this week begins to undo some of the damage wrought by several years of spending cuts.

The principal difference between the two budgets centers around casino gambling. Gov. Hassan’s budget presumes that New Hampshire will legalize casino gambling and that license fees will produce $80 million for the General Fund this coming biennium.  The House Finance Committee does not count upon such revenue and has a spending package that is $54 million lower than the General and Education Fund appropriations recommended by the governor.

A few other differences:

  • The House budget proposal provides $12 million less than the governor’s for the University System of New Hampshire.
  • The House budget proposal provides almost $33 million less than the governor’s in uncompensated care payments to local hospitals.
  • The House budget is very similar to the governor’s in terms of estimates from current revenue sources but assumes $24 million more from a new legal settlement with cigarette manufacturers.

To see a more complete analysis of the House Finance Committee’s recommended budget, 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.