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Making Ends Meet

chart displays percent in NH and USNew Hampshire’s economy has, for the most part, recovered from the Great Recession, yet far too many working families still struggle to make ends meet.  While New Hampshire’s official poverty rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest in the nation in 2014, this number stands at odds with the economic anxiety many Granite State families continue to experience.

Far too many Granite Staters find themselves living paycheck to paycheck, forced to choose between putting food on the table or paying the rent.  They are one car repair or health crisis away from financial disaster.  At the same time, many working families find themselves able to get by, but unable to achieve their longer-term financial goals – saving for retirement, sending their kids to college, or purchasing their own home.

This resource page features NHFPI research, articles, commentary, presentations, and other resources which examine the challenges facing New Hampshire’s working families and explore solutions to bring economic stability within closer reach.

 

Reports/Research:

New Hampshire’s Numbers: 2016 Census Bureau Estimates for Income, Poverty, Housing Costs, and Health Insurance Coverage
September 28, 2017

The New Hampshire Food Stamp Program
March 10, 2017

The State of Working New Hampshire
April 27, 2016

The State of Working New Hampshire – Summary (PDF)

Taking the Measure of Need in the Granite State
March 24, 2016

Taking the Measure of Need in the Granite State – Summary for Manchester (PDF)

Taking the Measure of Need in the Granite State – Summary for Rural NH (PDF)

New Hampshire’s Economy: Moving Forward, but Not Yet Running on All Cylinders
October 26, 2015

 

Common Cents blog:

Food Insecurity in New Hampshire Remains Higher Than Pre-Recession Levels
September 21, 2017

Census Data Show Challenges with Income, Poverty, and Housing Costs
September 14, 2017

A Snapshot of the State’s Labor Market
August 31, 2017

SNAP Provides Food Assistance to Granite Staters with Disabilities
June 21, 2017

New Hampshire Poverty Rate Declines, Yet Economic Stability Remains Out of Reach for Many
September 20, 2016

Strong Economy Drives Robust Revenues, Though Benefits Not Felt By All
July 8, 2016

Annual Kids Count Report Finds More NH Children Facing Economic Hardship
June 22, 2016

Benefits of a Growing Economy Not Being Felt By All Granite Staters
December 1, 2015

More Access to Healthcare, But Little Progress on Fighting Poverty
September 18, 2015

 

Commentary:

Much further to climb on journey to economic stability
Op-ed, Concord Monitor, March 27, 2016

Further to climb toward economic stability
Op-ed, Nashua Telegraph, March 27, 2016

 

Presentations/Events:

Moving Ahead, Leaving Many Behind: Working Families and the NH Economy
Presentation to Harrisville Community Action, July 10, 2017

Moving Ahead, Leaving Many Behind: Working Families and the NH Economy
Making Ends Meet Roundtable, Keene, November 16, 2016

Moving Ahead, Leaving Many Behind: Working Families and the NH Economy
Making Ends Meet Roundtable, Plymouth, July 21, 2016

Moving Ahead, Leaving Many Behind: Working Families and the NH Economy
Making Ends Meet Roundtable, Manchester, May 20, 2016

Making Ends Meet: Enhancing Economic Security, Fostering Shared Prosperity
NHFPI’s 3rd Annual Policy Conference, February 19, 2016

 

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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.