Recent Data Show Food Insecurity Increases Mitigated by Expanded Aid During the COVID-19 Crisis

Data released on September 8 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provide updated estimates of levels of food insecurity across the United States and in New Hampshire. These estimates show that levels of food insecurity in 2020 did not increase overall when compared to prior periods despite the pandemic. The economic challenges that ...

Legislature Sends State Budget to Governor

On June 24, 2021, both the New Hampshire House of Representatives and the State Senate passed the State Budget proposal from the budget’s Committee of Conference. Both bills, House Bill 1 and House Bill 2, are likely to be signed into law by the Governor. The State Budget will substantially reduce revenues through both immediate ...

Committee of Conference Largely Accepts Senate Version of State Budget with Key Changes

The Committee of Conference for the State Budget accepted most of the Senate’s version of the State Budget during a week of meetings, including almost all changes relative to the House’s version  that have a direct impact on State finances. Legislators agreed to retain key parts of the Senate proposal, including significant tax reductions with ...

Senate Finance Committee Budget Proposal Increases Local Aid, Long-Term Supports, and Housing Investments

The Senate Finance Committee finalized its proposal for New Hampshire’s next two-year State Budget on May 28, deploying significant new resources with the benefit of substantially higher revenue estimates. The Senate Finance Committee made key changes from the State Budget proposal passed by the House of Representatives, including providing additional targeted aid to public schools, ...

Unemployment Insurance and the Continued Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Crisis

Federal legislation in response to the employment impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic included broad expansions to unemployment insurance eligibility and benefits. This current expansion of unemployment compensation continues to support workers who are unable to find a suitable or safe job as the pandemic continues to threaten the health and well-being of many people. This ...