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State Revenues Receive Two Thumbs Up for FY 2016 Performance

July 8, 2016 Data Viz

Recent data from the Department of Administrative Services reveals that the General and Education Funds, two of the state’s main sources of revenue, experienced a banner year. Combined collections for these two funds in FY 2016, excluding one-time tax amnesty proceeds, were approximately 6 percent higher than what was yielded during the previous fiscal year, the strongest pace in about a decade. Furthermore, the state collected close to $100 million more than budget writers had projected, allowing the state to strengthen its Rainy Day Fund.

While there are nearly twenty revenue streams that comprise the General and Education Funds, only a small subset are the real engines of growth. Specifically, combined business taxes ($74 million), the meals and rooms tax ($19 million), and the real estate transfer tax ($20 million) accounted for practically all of the growth in FY 2016 ($128 million) compared to FY 2015.

The following data visualization is designed to help you understand the latest collections data. Within each tab, you can hover over each data point to view additional context. On the right side are seven radio buttons, which allow you to further investigate revenue trends by specific tax type or by total collections.

(To view data in full screen mode or on a mobile device, click here.)

 

 

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Census Data Show Challenges with Income, Poverty, and Housing Costs

14 Sep 2017

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The Census Bureau released the one-year estimates for 2016 population characteristics based on the American Community Survey on September 14, showing poverty and unemployment in New Hampshire continue to decline in the wake of the Great Recession, but some groups are still struggling more than others. The poverty rate, or the number of people below the poverty threshold, dropped a statistically significant amount between 2015 and 2016, from 8.2 percent to 7.3 percent, with an estimated 94,289 Granite Staters in poverty in 2016.