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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:

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:

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 by Jeff McLynch, Concord Monitor, March 27, 2016

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

 

Presentations/Events:

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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Common Cents Blog

State’s Diverse Tax Base Stabilizes Revenue, But Business Tax Changes May Increase Volatility

29 Jun 2017

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New Hampshire’s state tax revenue is relatively stable, but the State’s largest tax may be among the most volatile types of common taxes, a new analysis from The Pew Charitable Trusts suggests. Between 1997 and 2016, New Hampshire’s tax volatility, as measured through percentage changes from the prior fiscal year, was only higher than five other states, suggesting New Hampshire’s tax revenues do not typically deviate dramatically from year to year relative to other states. However, digging into the diverse revenue streams and drawing on the experiences from other states shows some risk for New Hampshire.