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Examining the Governor’s and House Budgets by State Agency

April 30, 2019 Data Viz

Both Governor Sununu and the New Hampshire House of Representatives have produced recommended budgets for the State. To help build those budgets, State agencies made funding requests to provide services. Comparisons between the State agency requests, the Governor’s recommendation, and the budget passed by the House provide insights into the changes made to the State Budget proposals during the process.

State agencies are required to submit budget requests every State Budget cycle, listing the activities they identified as core to their work as well as needs or requests unfunded or underfunded in past State Budgets. State agencies produce “Efficiency Budget” requests and identify “Additional Prioritized Needs,” which together comprise the Total Agency Request. (To learn more about this process and what the terms “efficiency budget” and “additional prioritized needs” mean in detail, see NHFPI’s resource Building the Budget and an explainer Common Cents post from November 2016, “New Process Will Guide Formation of Next State Budget.”)

The Governor constructed a budget proposal informed by the Efficiency Budget and the Total Agency Request, proposing one set of spending levels for each agency. The House subsequently altered those appropriations in some instances. (To learn more about the Governor’s recommendations, see NHFPI’s Issue Brief The Governor’s Budget Proposal, State Fiscal Years 2020-2021. To learn more about the House version of the State Budget, see NHFPI’s Issue Brief The House State Budget for State Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.)

Explore the interactive Data Viz below to understand the Total Agency Requests and the proposed appropriations from the Governor and the House relative to the Efficiency Budget requests. For more context relative to these requests, see other recent NHFPI Data Viz posts:

 

 

For more on the State Budget process, see NHFPI’s NH State Budget web page and Building the Budget resource.

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The federal minimum wage is the lowest hourly wage that can be paid to most workers anywhere in the nation. Since its inception at the national level in 1938, when only certain workers were covered, the wage has increased and encompassed more types of employees over time. State law sets New Hampshire’s minimum wage to the federal minimum level, currently at $7.25 per hour. An individual working 40 hours per week at this wage will make about $15,000 per year, assuming they work all 52 weeks. This income level is below the federal poverty guidelines for all households other than a single person, and well below the levels for households that include a partner and children.