Declines in Food Insecurity Among Granite Staters Aided by Federal Pandemic Assistance Programs

New data show that food insecurity among New Hampshire households declined in the last three years, with federal assistance programs helping to offset the negative effects of economic upheavals caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) surveys households each year to understand the prevalence of food insecurity across the nation. The ...

Federal Tax Credits and Economic Stimulus Helped Boost New Hampshire Median Incomes, Offset Child Poverty Increase in 2021

New data released on September 15 by the U.S. Census Bureau show that median household incomes rose and official poverty held steady in New Hampshire in 2021 compared to just before the pandemic. These data also show that more than one in four households had incomes below $50,000 in 2021, and that child poverty increased ...

Ability to Afford Household Expenses Falls After Key Aid Expires

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than one in three Granite Staters found paying for usual household expenses somewhat or very difficult between June 29 and July 11. This represents a notable increase relative to the comparable survey time in 2021, when only one in four Granite Staters reported paying for usual ...

Thousands of Granite Staters Risk Losing Medicaid Health Coverage at the End of the Public Health Emergency

Thousands of New Hampshire Medicaid enrollees face potential disenrollment when the federal public health emergency declaration (PHE) associated with the COVID-19 pandemic ends. Since the PHE began on January 31, 2020, at least 59,900 more Granite Staters have become eligible for the State’s Medicaid program, increasing enrollment by 33.4 percent. However, the New Hampshire Department ...

Significant Revenue Surplus Largely Generated by Business Taxes in Federally-Boosted Economy

State revenues have grown substantially since the sharp decline associated with the early days of the pandemic. As of the end of April 2022, the unrestricted revenue surplus over the State Budget’s revenue plan was $382.2 million, 16.0 percent higher than planned. Revenue surpluses have been generated by higher-than-anticipated revenues from the State’s two primary ...