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Modest Revenue Growth in Both House and Governor’s Plans

March 26, 2013 Common Cents

Hassan 3 in Joint FinanceBoth the House and the governor forecast fairly modest revenue growth based on current sources of revenue during the next two years.

The revenue differences between the two plans will likely come down to proposed policy changes. Most notably, the governor’s budget relies on casino gambling for $80 million over the biennium. The full extent of revenue-related policy changes that the House may endorse is not yet know, but it is expected to approve most of the Governor’s recommendations, with the obvious exception of gambling.

The governor’s budget assumes that New Hampshire’s current tax and revenue system will yield $4.36 billion for the General and Education Funds for FY 2014-15, leaving aside collections from the Medicaid Enhancement Tax (MET).  The House projects that the same funds will accrue $4.34 billion in revenue, aside, again, from the MET. The roughly $20 million difference between those two sums is due largely to an assumption by the House that the cigarette tax rate will not rise to $1.78 per pack on August 1, which it will almost certainly do under current law.

What’s more, these figures represent relatively modest rates of growth from the current biennium.  The governor’s baseline projection for General & Education Fund revenue amounts to an increase of about 3 percent from what the state anticipates collecting in FY 2012-13.  The House expects underlying General & Education Fund revenue growth of just 2.4 percent, a slightly slower pace, again due, in part, to the assumption about the tobacco tax rate

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Lackluster September State Revenues Reduce Surplus

4 Oct 2017

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September was the first big month for revenue collection of State fiscal year (SFY) 2018, and while the total cash collected should not yet ring alarm bells, overall receipts were nothing to boast about. This trend continues observations from SFY 2017, which ended June 30, 2017, and the first two months of the current fiscal year. The General and Education Trust Funds, the primary repositories for the least restricted revenue streams from State taxation, were $2.3 million (0.5 percent) above plan for the year after September’s receipts, but that was down from $4.6 million at the end of August, with September’s shortfall relative to the revenue plan cutting the unrestricted cash revenue surplus in half.