New Federal Law Sends More Aid to Unemployed, Low-Income Granite Staters

A long-awaited federal bill to provide relief to people struggling during the COVID-19 crisis was signed into law Sunday, December 27, providing support through enhanced unemployment benefits, food assistance, individual grants, and housing rental subsidies. The New Hampshire State government now has a longer timeline to use funding supplied in the previous aid package, and ...

Updated Revenue Projections Suggest Much Smaller Budget Shortfall

At a November 23 briefing, key New Hampshire State agencies provided updated revenue estimates to policymakers that revealed a much more optimistic revenue outlook than previous projections. With tax receipts performing well in the State fiscal year thus far, and agencies substantially underspending their budgets last year, the total budget shortfall may be much more ...

State Fiscal Situation Improves with Higher Revenues and Agency Underspending

A combination of revenues recovering faster than anticipated, including some potentially atypical receipts, and underspending at public agencies has improved the State of New Hampshire’s fiscal situation relative to projections from earlier in the year. While the situation is more favorable than previously expected, significant unknowns remain, including the course of the pandemic and the ...

New Data Show Food Insecurity Levels Declining Prior to the COVID-19 Crisis

According to data released on September 9 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), food insecurity levels in New Hampshire continued to decline during 2019, prior to the onset of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The report outlines the trends of reduced food insecurity in the nation and in New Hampshire, declining from the higher ...

Increases to SNAP Benefits Would Offset Higher Food Costs and Boost the Economy

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides critical nutritional aid to individuals and families with low incomes, including those who have faced income losses. As Granite Staters continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, aiding those who are most affected and who have the fewest resources will help ensure they weather the crisis while supporting the economic recovery as ...