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Poverty in New Hampshire: 2014 Poll

In 2014, the Investing in Communities Initiative (ICI), a capacity-building initiative in New Hampshire from 2013-2016, commissioned a public and legislator opinion research project on the issue of poverty in New Hampshire. The project was conducted by a group of professional researchers and consisted of focus groups, a poll of New Hampshire residents, and a focused survey of members of the New Hampshire legislature.

In a session with the pollsters in January 2015, ICI shared in-depth findings from the research and communications guidance for talking about policies to reduce poverty with a group of 40 advocacy leaders. ICI staff also shared the findings of the survey with advocates and legislators at the “Walk a Day in My Shoes” poverty simulation conducted in May 2015 and in less formal settings of advocates, including meetings of the NH CARES coalition.

Poll Results Press Release & Slides

Learn more about the project and key findings in this February 2015 interview with New Hampshire Public Radio.

For additional information about this research, contact staff at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute.

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Unsettled Business Tax Revenues Push Surplus Upward, Offer Limited Insight for the Future

7 Dec 2018

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The fortunes of State revenues continue to rise and fall with New Hampshire’s two primary business taxes, which provided positive signs for near-term revenue but have not shown these levels are sustainable. While the two business taxes remained healthy, other revenue sources were relatively flat overall, leaving the State with a revenue surplus entirely dependent on the two business taxes. The lack of growth in other revenue sources combined with the uncertainty around business taxes creates an environment in which it will be very difficult to accurately project revenues for the new State Budget biennium.