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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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New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage Falls Further Behind

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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.