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  • Examining the Governor’s and House Budgets by State Agency April 30, 2019
    Both Governor Sununu and the New Hampshire House of Representatives have produced recommended budgets for the State. To help build those budgets, State agencies made funding requests to provide services. Comparisons between the State agency requests, the Governor’s recommendation, and the budget passed by the House provide insights into the ...
  • House Budget Funding for the NH Department of Health and Human Services April 30, 2019
    The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the largest State agency, with responsibility for major program areas including child protection at the Division of Children, Youth, and Families; Medicaid, which helps about 178,000 people access health care, including children and those with disabilities; the Food Stamp ...
  • Examining the Governor’s Budget Proposal by Activity Unit March 29, 2019
    Governor Sununu’s State Budget proposal increases funding overall, but it does not increase funding consistently across all types of public services. Comparisons are often made between the Governor’s request and both the prior State Budget and the original budget requests from State agencies. To learn more about Governor Sununu’s proposed ...
  • Trends Among State Budget Categories February 8, 2019
    The six Categories are General Government, Administration of Justice and Public Protection, Resource Protection and Development, Transportation, Health and Social Services, and Education.
  • Exploring the State Agency Budget Requests February 8, 2019
    State agencies produce “efficiency budget” requests and identify “additional prioritized needs,” which together comprise the total agency request.
  • NH Department of Health and Human Services Budget Request February 8, 2019
    The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services budget request provides insights into the priority areas agency management sees as critical for funding in the next State Budget.
  • State Agency Budget Requests with Historical Context February 8, 2019
    This NHFPI Data Viz post features interactive data highlighting changes in state agency budget requests relative to prior years.
  • Geographic Distribution of the Population August 29, 2018
    New Hampshire’s most populous municipalities are located near to metropolitan Boston, while the population density decreases further north and west.
  • Median Age by Municipality August 29, 2018
    New Hampshire municipalities located closer to metropolitan Boston typically have lower median ages, whereas those farther north tend to have higher ages.
  • Property Wealth by Municipality August 29, 2018
    Measuring property valuations per capita provides insights into which New Hampshire communities may struggle to raise funds for services.
  • Ten Years of Municipal Median Household Income Estimates August 29, 2018
    New Hampshire municipalities with median household incomes below the statewide estimate are mainly located in the northern and western parts of the state.
  • Incomes Over $100,000 by ZIP Code August 29, 2018
    The southeastern part of New Hampshire generally has the largest shares of tax filers reporting $100,000 or more in income.
  • Medicaid Enrollment by Municipality August 29, 2018
    The southwestern and northern parts of New Hampshire have larger shares of residents enrolled in Medicaid, while the southeast generally has smaller shares.
  • Food Stamp Program Enrollment by Municipality August 29, 2018
    Rural communities and some cities in New Hampshire have high SNAP enrollment rates, while suburban communities in the southeast have relatively low rates.
  • Municipal Median Household Incomes Compared to the State Median Household Income June 28, 2018
    Median household income is a useful measure to understand the typical middle-income levels of a given locality. Compared to the nationwide 2012-2016 American Community Survey estimate ($55,322, +/- $120), New Hampshire fares very well, with a median household income estimate of $68,485 (+/- $579), which places the state among the ...
  • State Revenues Receive Two Thumbs Up for FY 2016 Performance July 8, 2016
    Recent data from the Department of Administrative Services reveals that the General and Education Funds, two of the state’s main sources of revenue, experienced a banner year. Combined collections for these two funds in FY 2016, excluding one-time tax amnesty proceeds, were approximately 6 percent higher than what was yielded ...
  • Increased Hiring Since Early 2015, Strong Revenue Collections Evidence of Healthy Business Sector May 6, 2016
    Given the incredible difficulty of forecasting the future, it’s extremely rare that the amount of revenue collected by the state of New Hampshire precisely matches official projections. However, that is exactly what occurred in the month of April, as the General and Education Funds received $271.7 million, the exact amount ...
  • FY 2016 Turning Into Banner Year for State Revenues April 6, 2016
    March data from the Department of Administrative Services reveals that the General and Education Funds, two of the state’s main sources of revenue, are continuing to experience healthy inflows.
  • Strong Showing for State Revenues, $58 Million Above Projections March 4, 2016
    According to the Department of Administrative Services, total General and Education Fund revenue, through the end of February, is $58 million higher than what was expected at this point in time.
  • Halfway Through FY 2016, State Revenues Continue to Be Promising January 12, 2016
    The latest data from the Department of Administrative Services indicate that state tax collections are moderately ahead of where they were projected to be at this point in time, by $37 million or about 4 percent (excluding tax amnesty receipts). Since 60 percent to 65 percent of General and Education ...
  • Businesses, Homeowners, and Diners Sustain Robust Revenue Flow November 6, 2015
    With four months on the books, the state’s revenue picture is becoming clearer and the situation continues to be encouraging. According to the most recent Department of Administrative Services’ Monthly Revenue Focus, FY 2016 total General and Education Fund revenue is exceeding expectations, as outlined by the Department’s Revenue Plan, ...
  • Vigorous Housing Market Boosts State Revenues September 3, 2015
    The most recent Monthly Revenue Focus from the Department of Administrative Services for FY 2016 was encouraging. Through the first two months of the current fiscal year, total General and Education Fund revenue is 6.6 percent higher than what was collected in the same two months of the last fiscal ...
  • Though Still Very Early, Solid Start for State Revenue August 14, 2015
    Last week the public got its first glimpse at FY 2016 state revenues, when the Department of Administrative Services released its Monthly Revenue Focus for July 2015. Overall, it was an encouraging report, with most key revenue sources yielding more last month than in July 2014. The following data visualization is ...
  • NH State Revenues for FY 2015 Point to Improving Economy July 7, 2015
    While the final state of New Hampshire’s finances for FY 2015 will not be known for a few more months, the latest information on revenue collections provides a positive sign. On July 2, the Department of Administrative Services released its last monthly Revenue Focus for the recently completed fiscal year, ...
  • A Fresh Way to Interpret State Revenue Data June 3, 2015
    With the debate over the state budget entering its final stages, NHFPI is starting a new project, using the data visualization tool Tableau, to help improve public understanding of fiscal and economic trends important to New Hampshire. As you’ll see below, our first foray is based on just-released data on state ...

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New Data Show Food Insecurity Levels Declining Prior to the COVID-19 Crisis

10 Sep 2020

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According to data released on September 9 by the United States Department of Agriculture, food insecurity levels in New Hampshire continued to decline during 2019, prior to the onset of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The report outlines the trends of reduced food insecurity in the nation and in New Hampshire, declining from the higher levels resulting from the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. The overall improvements to the state economy through 2019, along with the effectiveness of key nutritional aid programs, did contribute to lower levels of food insecurity, although the benefits of the economic recovery did not reach all Granite Staters in an equal or timely manner. Although food insecurity levels declined through the years preceding 2020, the current crisis facing Granite Staters is not reflected in these 2019 data. The recent economic pressures on many individuals and families with lower incomes in New Hampshire have been severe, and current levels of food insecurity are very likely to be substantially higher.