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It is often said that a budget is a statement of priorities, a reflection of the choices that the people – through their elected representatives – make about the amount of public resources they wish to devote to meeting shared goals and the relative importance they assign to each of those goals.

NHFPI aims to illustrate recent budget trends, highlight future challenges, and examine the ways in which the New Hampshire budget is used to educate the state’s children, ensure access to health care, promote public safety, maintain public structures, and achieve other critical public priorities.

 

 

State Tax

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To some, taxes are a means to an end, representing the bills that are due for services ranging from the judicial system to environmental protections, or, in Oliver Wendell Holmes’ formulation, “the price we pay for a civilized society.”  To others, taxes are a policy end unto themselves, as they offer policymakers another tool to try to employ in efforts to enhance economic security or to promote economic development.

NHFPI seeks to improve public understanding of New Hampshire’s tax system, its role in financing state expenditures, the impact it has on families and individuals at different income levels, and the influence it may or may not have upon personal and business decisions.

 

State Economy

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When it comes to the economy, many have long believed that “a rising tide lifts all boats,” that economic growth benefits all of the workers and investors who contribute to it.  In recent decades, that belief has not held true, as low- and moderate-income families and individuals have not fully shared in the affluence they helped to create.  As a result, they have found it harder not only to make ends meet on a daily basis, but to save for their children’s futures or to prepare for their own retirement.

NHFPI endeavors to shed light on trends in wages, poverty, and other economic measures, on their implications for working New Hampshirites, and on public policies designed to foster economic opportunity and prosperity here in the Granite State.

 

Health Policy

Health policy touches the lives of all Granite Staters.  Medicaid alone provides health insurance coverage to 10 percent of the New Hampshire population and constitutes a quarter of the state’s budget; changes to it have the potential to affect thousands of children, seniors, and people with disabilities across the state.  Health policy has an enormous impact on the state’s economy too, with  health care expenditures expected to represent as much as 24 percent of gross state product within the next 10 years.

NHFPI strives to explain the effects of health policy decisions, both federal and state, upon the New Hampshire budget and New Hampshire residents and to explore changes in policies that could help maintain and improve people’s health, now and into the future.

 

 

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House Fails to Pass State Budget, Process Moves to Senate

6 Apr 2017

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The New Hampshire House, for the first time in recent history, has opted to not pass the State Budget bills, introduced as House Bill 1 and House Bill 2. April 6 was the deadline set by legislative leadership to pass those bills out of the House and move them to the Senate, a day often referred to as “crossover.” The Senate phase of the budget begins after April 6, and the Senate has expressed an intent to move forward with a budget in the Senate Finance Committee. However, with no House Bill 1 or House Bill 2 crossing over, the Senate has to forge an alternative path to debate and amend the budget.