Revenue in Review: An Overview of New Hampshire’s Tax System and Major Revenue Sources

New Hampshire’s revenue system is relatively unique in the United States, as it lacks broad-based income and sales taxes and instead relies on a diversity of more narrowly-based taxes, fees, and other revenue sources to fund public services. This system presents both advantages and disadvantages to stable, adequate, and sustainable revenue generation.

Building the Budget: New Hampshire’s State Budget Process and Recent Funding Trends

Building the New Hampshire State Budget is a long process, which includes five major phases, challenging jargon, unwritten norms, multiple revenue estimates, and several different versions of expenditure plans and revenue expectations. But understanding the State Budget is more than just learning the process; it is key to understanding our priorities and values as a State.

Making Ends Meet

New 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.

Data Viz

These posts feature interactive data and insights to improve public understanding of fiscal and economic trends important to New Hampshire.  

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Comparing the Health Protection Program Reauthorization Proposals – Update

January 28, 2016 Health Policy
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Few issues will occupy the attention of Granite State policymakers during the 2016 legislative session as much as the fate of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. As of December 31, the program served nearly 47,000 Granite Staters, but is slated to expire at the end of this year in the absence of legislative action. Two measures have been put forward to extend the life of the program. HB 1690, authored by Representative Tom Sherman, would make the program permanent. HB 1696, as modified by an amendment offered on January 27 by its chief sponsors, Representative Joseph Lachance and Senator Jeb Bradley, would reauthorize the program through the end of 2018, while also creating new requirements and responsibilities for program participants.

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The New Hampshire Health Protection Program: Affordable Health Care Coverage for Over 44,000 Granite Staters

December 10, 2015 Health Policy
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Over the past 18 months, more than 44,000 Granite Staters have enrolled in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, improving their health and financial security and bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds into the state economy. Despite these advances, in the absence of legislative action, the Health Protection Program will expire at the end of 2016. If the Health Protection Program were to end, thousands of hardworking Granite Staters would lose the ability to see their doctor and the security of knowing they can get care when they need it. This Fact Sheet provides a brief description of the eligibility requirements for the program and background data on the people it serves.

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

October 26, 2015 State Economy

One of the key issues debated throughout this year’s extended legislative session was the state of the New Hampshire economy and whether changes in business tax rates would help to foster future growth. While this issue dominated budget discussions, an examination of the true state of the economy often seemed missing. As this Issue Brief explains, on one hand, New Hampshire businesses are steadily producing more goods and services and hiring additional workers. At the same time, though, more and more of our fellow residents struggle to provide the basics for themselves, particularly households with children.

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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.

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