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House Budget Funding for the NH Department of Health and Human Services

April 30, 2019 Data Viz

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the largest State agency, with responsibility for major program areas including child protection at the Division of Children, Youth, and Families; Medicaid, which helps about 178,000 people access health care, including children and those with disabilities; the Food Stamp Program, which provides food assistance to about 76,000 Granite Staters; substance use disorder treatment and services; and mental health services.

Both Governor Sununu and the New Hampshire House of Representatives have produced recommended budgets for the next State Budget biennium, which is the two years beginning July 1, 2019. Funding for the DHHS is an important part of both budget proposals. (To learn more about each budget proposal in detail, see NHFPI’s Issue Briefs The Governor’s Budget Proposal, State Fiscal Years 2020-2021 and The House State Budget for State Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.)

The Data Viz below shows the changes in funding levels for DHHS Activity Units, which are more granular measures of State agency operations than department-level measures, between actual State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019 adjusted authorized funding levels and those proposed in the Governor’s and the House SFY 2020 proposals. Comparing without the context of the DHHS’s budget requests does not permit understanding of planned department reorganizations or policy changes, so some increases or reductions may not reflect weighed policy choices as much as the evolution of agency structures or accounting units.

Explore the interactive Data Viz below to understand the proposed appropriations from the Governor and the House relative to the current year’s funding levels. 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.