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Manchester NHWhen 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.

Latest State Economy Publications

  • The State of Working New Hampshire April 27, 2016 In its present state, the New Hampshire economy offers a number of encouraging signs. Both employment – the total number of people working in the Granite State – and economic output – the value of the goods and services those individuals produce – have been on the rise over the past several years. ...
  • Taking the Measure of Need in the Granite State March 24, 2016 New Hampshire’s poverty rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest in the nation in 2014. While that distinction should inspire some pride, it should not engender complacency, for, as a means of assessing economic security, official federal poverty statistics often come up short. Indeed, economists and other analysts have long understood that the ...
  • New Hampshire’s Economy: Moving Forward, but Not Yet Running on All Cylinders October 26, 2015 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 ...
  • Regional Impact of Raising New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage April 4, 2014 Raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage would begin to build an economy that works for everyone in the Granite State, enhancing economic security for thousands of workers and helping to boost bottom lines at local businesses. While the impact of a higher minimum wage would be felt throughout New Hampshire, some regions of the state would ...
  • Long Since Due: An Increase in New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage March 12, 2014 Due to legislative inaction and the corrosive effects of inflation, New Hampshire’s current minimum wage comes up short in a number of ways. It trails behind the rest of New England, stands below prior levels in terms of real purchasing power, and leaves workers struggling to get by. Accordingly, raising the minimum wage ...

 

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At First Glance, A Growing Budget

10 Feb 2017

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There are many things not yet known about Governor Sununu’s proposed budget. Although the Governor released his specific spending plan ahead of the February 15 deadline set in State law, he is not required to release the companion bill, commonly called House Bill 2 or the “Trailer Bill,” by the same deadline. This bill also requires the time and attention of the Office of Legislative Services, which transforms policy proposals into formal legislation. House Bill 2 will likely include more details regarding Governor Sununu’s proposed restructuring of two State agencies, targeted State aid for full-day kindergarten, and other policy initiatives not solely related to adding and subtracting funding from budget lines.

NHFPI’s 4th Annual Budget and Policy Conference

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