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State Agency Budget Requests with Historical Context

February 8, 2019 Data Viz

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. These requests are directed at the governor, as the agencies make their case as to why their requests should also be included in the governor’s budget proposal. By law, the governor’s proposal must be public by February 15. (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 blog post from November 2016, “New Process Will Guide Formation of Next State Budget.”)

State agencies have been appropriated differing levels of funding in recent years, as policy choices made by successive legislatures and changes in service needs among the population have affected appropriations. The Great Recession of 2007 to 2009 and its aftermath affected State revenues and service needs considerably, with additional fiscal assistance from the federal government having positive impacts on agency budgets, particularly during fiscal years 2010 and 2011.

Adjusting for inflation shows the impacts of the shrinking value of the dollar over time relative to State agency budgets, providing one indication of their real ability to pay for goods and services for the people of New Hampshire given certain levels of appropriations. Costs for goods and services, such as health care and construction of transportation infrastructure, fluctuate in ways that may not trend with the broader inflation consumers face in the economy. That broader inflation is measured by the Consumer Price Index-Urban, Northeast Region, which is the inflation measure used in these graphics for past inflation. Projected inflation figures for future fiscal years employed Federal Reserve projections.

Explore the graphics below to see the changes in certain agency budget requests relative to prior years. The governor’s budget proposal, which Governor Sununu is expected to release February 14, may mirror, incorporate, or alter these requests, and the Legislature may make further changes as the process moves forward. For the original data behind these graphics, see the Department of Administrative Services Budget Office web page and the Office of Legislative Budget Assistant’s web page cataloging State Budget documents.

 

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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.