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Early Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis on State Revenues

September 9, 2020 State Tax Policy
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Funding for New Hampshire’s State Budget relies on revenues generated from economic activity, which has been severely curtailed by the COVID-19 crisis. These State revenues pay for key services for Granite Staters, including supports and assistance designed to help those facing financial hardship. With nearly half of New Hampshire households reporting a loss in employment income since mid-March, the need for State services intended to aid families with low incomes, as well as support for education and health services, has increased during the pandemic and will likely remain elevated into the next State Budget biennium.

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Business Tax Revenue and the State Budget

September 10, 2019 State Tax Policy
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The State Budget represents New Hampshire’s funding priorities for public investment in education, health care, public safety, housing, conservation and preservation, roads and bridges, and a range of services to Granite State residents and businesses. To support these investments, policymakers must determine methods for raising revenue and project the amount of revenue available over the two-year duration of the State Budget. Sustainable revenues are essential to help ensure that adequate funding is available to meet the needs of Granite Staters. The current revenue surplus provides an opportunity to make critical investments, but future business tax revenue will help determine the State’s ability to sustain those investments in the coming years.

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Funding the State Budget: Recent Trends in Business Taxes and Other Revenue Sources

May 22, 2019 State Tax Policy
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Understanding recent revenue trends is key to accurately projecting the amount of revenue expected over the next two State fiscal years and maintaining a balanced State Budget. Revenue projections are especially difficult to make accurately this year, given recent abnormal behavior in receipts from the State’s two primary business taxes, which have driven most revenue growth in recent years. These unusual trends have produced a significant revenue surplus, which presents an opportunity for making critical investments. However, understanding both the potential causal factors for the increases in business tax receipts and the trends in other revenue sources informs decisions concerning those investments and the fiscal support needed for them in the future.

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Flexible CARES Act Funds Mostly Allocated, Partially Unspent as Deadline Looms

4 Nov 2020

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Nearly all the federal funding granted to the State of New Hampshire in the Spring to combat the COVID-19 crisis has been allocated to pandemic-related programs as of the beginning of November. However, significant amounts of funding have not yet been expended. The State must spend these funds by December 30 or return them to the federal government. While some of these funds may be in the process of being spent now or will be used in the next two months based on existing plans, the significant amount of funds left unspent suggests a substantial risk that money will be returned to the federal government and not be deployed to directly support Granite Staters.