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NHFPI Budget and Policy Conference logoEvents

NHFPI’s 5th Annual Conference:

Building a Strong Foundation for a Prosperous Economy

Friday, February 23, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH

Learn more and register



News Releases

New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute Board of Directors Appoints AnnMarie French Interim Executive Director
December 6, 2017

New Data Finds Regional Disparities in Median Household Income, Child Poverty Rates Exceed 20 Percent in Three New Hampshire Counties
October 19, 2017

New Hampshire Poverty Rate Continues to Decline, but Many Granite Staters Still Struggle with Very Limited Income
September 14, 2017

Bruce King Joins NHFPI Board of Directors
July 6, 2017

NHFPI Statement on Passage of the State Budget
June 22, 2017

Senate Budget Decisions May Limit Revenue Flexibility in Future Years
June 1, 2017

New NHFPI Resource Examines New Hampshire’s State Tax System and Major Revenue Sources
May 24, 2017

Ryan Audley Joins NHFPI Board of Directors
April 18, 2017

New Report Highlights Importance of Substance Use Disorder Coverage to Address New Hampshire’s Opioid Crisis
April 12, 2017

New NHFPI Resource Outlines New Hampshire’s State Budget Process and Recent Funding Trends
February 9, 2017

NHFPI Welcomes Victoria Adewumi to Board of Directors
February 6, 2017

Investing in New Hampshire’s Future Conference Examines Key Areas Essential to Sustaining a Strong Workforce
January 13, 2017

Investing in NH’s Future Conference to Examine Education, Health, Other Areas Vital to Sustaining a Strong Workforce
December 28, 2016

Investing in New Hampshire’s Future Conference to Focus on Sustaining a Strong Workforce
December 21, 2016

NHFPI Announces the Appointment of Phil Sletten as Policy Analyst
October 24, 2016

NHFPI Announces Appointment of Kristine Stoddard Esq. to Board of Directors, Reappointment of Professor Margaret Walsh
October 5, 2016

Despite Declines in New Hampshire Poverty Rate, Economic Stability Remains Out of Reach for Many Granite Staters
September 15, 2016

NHFPI Announces the Appointment of John Shea as Executive Director
June 14, 2016

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In the News

In NH, Food Insecurity Persists
New Hampshire Business Review, January 18, 2018

New Hampshire Legislative Preview: Too Many Tax Cuts?
Bloomberg Tax Report, January 8, 2018

Top Fiscal Issues to be Addressed in the 2018 Legislative Session
Business New Hampshire, December 2017

Poverty and unemployment rates down — council welcomes positive economy news
Berlin Daily Sun, October 25, 2017

Data: Coos County No Longer Has Highest Poverty Rate In N.H.
NHPR, October 23, 2017

Census Data Points to Higher Rural Poverty Rates Around New Hampshire
NH Journal, October 23, 2017

Bedford tops state’s median household income list
Bedford Bulletin, October 23, 2017

State House Dome: State revenues tighten as growth slows down
Union Leader, October 8, 2017  

Child Poverty Down in NH, But Pockets Persist
Public News Service – NH, September 18, 2017

Just How Well Is New Hampshire’s Economy Doing?
NHPR, September 13, 2017

Marching North: The rise of Dollar General in New Hampshire
Concord Monitor, September 3, 2017

Tale of Two NHs: Four counties thriving; rural areas continue to stagnate
Distant Dome by Garry Rayno, In Depth NH, September 3, 2017

Since recession, N.H. tuition is up, while support for public higher ed is down
Concord Monitor, August 31, 2017

Working for Medicaid: How a new work requirement might affect recipients
Hippo Press, July 27, 2017

Increasing rents in N.H. are an obstacle to retaining young workers
Concord Monitor, July 12, 2017

More aid: How the State Budget could help low income people
Hippo Press, July 6, 2017

Proposed SNAP Cuts: New England States Likely Hardest Hit
Public News Service, June 20, 2017

NH Senate Now in Driver’s Seat on State Budget
Public News Service, April 10, 2017

After NH House punts on budget, what’s the next step?
NH Business Review, April 6, 2017

Mass Appeal: How job opportunities and higher salaries lure Granite Staters over the border
Business NH Magazine, April 2017

The Millionaires Among Us
Business NH Magazine, April 2017

NH economists see shift in priorities
Nashua Telegraph, March 6, 2017

Health care is key to success
Nashua Telegraph, January 15, 2017

N.H. Fiscal Policy Institute conference ponders workforce issues
Concord Monitor, January 14, 2017

As economy improves, most areas of tax revenue are also on the rise
Concord Monitor, January 10, 2017

The Parents of “Our Kids” Matter Too (column by Prof. Margaret Walsh)
Keene Sentinel, August 9, 2016

Property taxes: How a heavy burden falls on those with less
Concord Monitor, July 5, 2016

While income stagnates, property taxes in Merrimack County up 25 percent
Concord Monitor, July 3, 2016

The rent is too high: How being poor is harder on southern New Hampshire residents (Part 1)
Hippo Press, June 30, 2016

Employers under pressure to pay higher wages
Business NH Magazine, June 2016

NH’s rosy employment data mask underlying issues
Portsmouth Herald, May 29, 2016

Report: NH workers still suffering; Economy improving, but not wages
The Eagle-Tribune, May 3, 2016

New fiscal report outlines NH’s economic improvements, shortcomings since the Great Recession
Union Leader, May 1, 2016

New report examines state economy, finds wages for many workers losing ground
The Citizen, April 29, 2016

NH Fiscal Policy Institute welcomes new board members
Berlin Daily Sun, March 23, 2016

House committee approves extending Medicaid expansion
Union Leader, March 4, 2016

The Shrinking Health Coverage Gap
Business NH Magazine, March 2016

At Concord conference, experts discuss ‘making ends meet’ and what it takes to get by in New Hampshire
Concord Monitor, February 21, 2016

Conference held to discuss NH’s minimum wage, how working families can benefit
NH 1 News, February 19, 2016

Measuring Impact of Business Tax Cuts in N.H. May Be a Tricky Business
NHPR, October 5, 2015

What if Laconia had a $15 minimum wage?
Laconia Daily Sun, August 17, 2015

NH budget talks get off to slow start, lay out the differences
NH 1 News, June 15, 2015

Tax Cut Plan Splits Political – and Business – Opinion
NHPR, June 12, 2015

State Rundown 4/27: Leaders Push Back Against Unwise Tax Cuts
ITEP Tax Justice Blog, April 27, 2015

New Hampshire Businesses Urge Governor, Lawmakers to Reject Business Tax Cuts
State Tax Notes / State Tax Today, April 20, 2015

Are N.H. business tax cuts worth the trouble?
New Hampshire Business Review, April 15, 2015

Diverse coalition urges no cuts in business taxes
Union Leader, April 15, 2015

Senate votes to increase R&D business tax credits to $7 million
Union Leader, February 20, 2015

State budget plan greeted as mixed bag
Union Leader, February 14, 2015

Hassan Proposes $11.5B Budget, 6.4% Increase
Patch, February 12, 2015

Chamber to host annual legislative outlook
Patch, February 10, 2015

Editorial: Cut to business taxes will only hurt business in NH
Concord Monitor, January 25, 2015

Trying to create ways to even the tax burden
Union Leader, January 25, 2015

Budget conference being held in Concord, N.H.
AP/Seacoastonline, January 23, 2015

Lowering state businesses taxes supported by GOP; Hassan says bills would create hole in budget
Concord Monitor, January 21, 2015

Senate GOP wants to lower NH business taxes
Union Leader, January 21, 2015

Would BPT, BET reductions help the state’s economy?
NH Business Review, January 21, 2015

GOP seeks to lower NH business taxes
Portsmouth Herald /Associated Press, January 21, 2015

State Rundown 1/20: Plenty of Tax Cut Proposals
ITEP Tax Justice Blog, January 20, 2015

Cilley Proposes ‘Far-Reaching’ Minimum Wage Bill
Patch-Concord, January 9, 2015

NH ranks high in business climate but low for business profits tax rate
Union Leader, October 29, 2014

In ‘Pledge 2.0,’ Havenstein commits to controlling spending
Concord Monitor, September 22, 2014

Editorial: Candidates’ tax-cut plans wrongheaded
Concord Monitor, September 2, 2014

Havenstein, Hemingway share ideas for growing state’s economy
Concord Monitor, August 6, 2014

NH puts hold on ER policy under Medicaid expansion
Nashua Telegraph, July 26, 2014

After a decade as No. 1, New Hampshire falls to No. 4 in annual Kids Count survey
Concord Monitor, July 22, 2014

Capital Beat: Officials negotiate an MET fix – behind closed doors
Concord Monitor, June 1, 2014

House, Senate negotiators agree on Medicaid Enhancement Tax language
Concord Monitor, May 31, 2014

N.H. Senate rejects minimum wage hike
The Eagle Tribune, May 9, 2014

Governor, House Speaker back minimum wage increase in NH
Nashua Telegraph, April 23, 2014

More than 6,000 new people enrolled in N.H. Medicaid in the past six months
Concord Monitor, April 9, 2014

Sen. Hosmer campaigning to establish N.H. minimum wage of $9 per hour
Laconia Daily Sun, March 15, 2014

Hosmer talks minimum wage increase
The Citizen of Laconia, March 15, 2014

N.H. minimum wage advances in the House
Eagle Tribune, March 14, 2014



WNHN – State House Watch: Phil Sletten, State Revenue and the Committee of Conference Proposed Budget
May 29, 2017

WNHN – The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen: Phil Sletten on State and Federal Budgets
March 24, 2017

WNHN – State House Watch: Phil Sletten on Governor Sununu’s Proposed Budget
February 27, 2017

State House Watch – WNHN: NHFPI Taking the Measure of Need in the Granite State Report
April 4, 2016

NHPR The Exchange: NH Debates Business Tax Structure
June 4, 2015

WMUR NH’s Business: NH business, interest dividend tax collections off by millions
August 31, 2014

WMUR NH’s Business: Minimum Wage Increase in NH: Yes or No?
March 9, 2014

NHPR The Exchange: A New Minimum Wage for New Hampshire?
January 7, 2014


Columns / Opinion

NH’s New Budget Faces Potential Revenue Challenges
Business NH Magazine – September 2017, Think Tank column by NHFPI Executive Director John Shea

Budgeting for NH’s Long-Term Prosperity
Business NH Magazine – January 2017, Think Tank column by NHFPI Executive Director John Shea

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

NH can’t afford further revenue reductions
Letter to the editor by Jeff McLynch, Portsmouth Herald, Sept. 7, 2015

State Lacks the ‘Means’ to Afford Business Tax Cuts
Op-ed by Jeff McLynch, Keene Sentinel, June 6, 2015

NH Can’t Afford Business Tax Cuts
Op-ed by Jeff McLynch, Nashua Telegraph, May 31, 2015

State Lacks the Means to Afford Business Tax Cuts
Op-ed by Jeff McLynch, Concord Monitor, May 29, 2015

Tax cuts threaten N.H.’s future economic success
Op-ed by Jeff McLynch, NH Business Review, March 6, 2015

A Budget Full of Holes
Column by Jeff McLynch, Business NH Magazine, February 2015

Common-sense reforms can address inequities and address shortfalls in the budget
Op-ed by Jeff McLynch, Nashua Telegraph, January 18, 2015

Common Sense Reforms Can Address Inequality, Budget Shortfalls
Op-ed by Jeff McLynch, Concord Monitor, January 15, 2015

The Reality Is Far Less Scary
Editorial response by Jeff McLynch, Foster’s Daily Democrat, May 2, 2014

Ends Don’t Meet on $7.25 an Hour
Op-ed by Jeff McLynch and Elissa Margolin, Valley News, April 27, 2014

Plenty of Good Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage
Op-ed by Jeff McLynch, Concord Monitor, March 11, 2014

Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage
Op-ed by Jeff McLynch, Nashua Telegraph, March 7, 2014

State should take Medicaid money
Op-ed by Deb Fournier, Nashua Telegraph, February 1, 2014

Raising the Minimum
Column by Jeff McLynch, Business NH magazine, January 2014


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Common Cents Blog

Early Interest and Dividends Tax Payments Boost Surplus

5 Jan 2018

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December revenues closed out the first half of State fiscal year 2018 with a sizable increase in the surplus, but the boost’s source suggests the result might be lower receipts in the next half of the year. Revenue sources for the General and Education Trust Funds collected $7.7 million (3.3 percent) more than planned in December, which was $14.4 million (6.4 percent) more than last December and resulted in a total unrestricted revenue surplus of $18.7 million (2.0 percent) above plan for the year. However, $7.3 million of the $7.7 million surplus from December came from a single source: the Interest and Dividends Tax.