An Overview of New Hampshire’s Tax System

A look at some of the trends in tax collections over the past decade with a brief description of each of the state’s eight major sources of tax revenue — highlighting some of the characteristics that can help guide policymakers in devising a response to the fiscal challenges now before New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Health Protection Program

The New Hampshire Health Protection Program enables the state to leverage federal Medicaid dollars to expand access to affordable health insurance to low-income residents.

Making Ends Meet

New Hampshire’s economy has, for the most part, recovered from the Great Recession, yet far too many working families still struggle to make ends meet.

Data Viz

These posts feature interactive data and insights to improve public understanding of fiscal and economic trends important to New Hampshire.  

Recent Publications:

The State of Working New Hampshire

April 27, 2016 State Economy
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In its present state, the New Hampshire economy offers a number of encouraging signs. Both employment – the total number of people working in the Granite State – and economic output – the value of the goods and services those individuals produce – have been on the rise over the past several years. Yet, the state of working New Hampshire – the circumstances faced by many individual workers and their families – is somewhat less favorable. Moreover, recent years have seen a continuation of a longer-term shift in the types of jobs available in the Granite State, with service sector employment – and the comparatively lower wages associated with it – becoming more prominent.

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Reauthorization of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program

April 1, 2016 Health Policy
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On March 31, the New Hampshire Senate passed HB 1696, which would reauthorize the New Hampshire Health Program through the end of 2018. The Senate’s action affirms the approval of the same bill by the House of Representatives on March 9 and sets the stage for Governor Hassan to sign the measure into law. Created in 2014, the Health Protection Program provides access to affordable health care to low-income adults who would otherwise be ineligible for traditional Medicaid coverage or to receive federal subsidies to purchase a health plan through the New Hampshire Health Insurance Marketplace.

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Taking the Measure of Need in the Granite State

March 24, 2016 State Economy
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New Hampshire’s poverty rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest in the nation in 2014. While that distinction should inspire some pride, it should not engender complacency, for, as a means of assessing economic security, official federal poverty statistics often come up short. Indeed, economists and other analysts have long understood that the federal poverty threshold does not accurately reflect the level of income required to secure basic necessities, particularly in a state like New Hampshire, where the cost of living tends to be higher than in many other parts of the country.

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Strong Economy Drives Robust Revenues, Though Benefits Not Felt By All

8 Jul 2016

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While the final state of New Hampshire’s finances for FY 2016 will not be known for a few more months, the latest information on revenue collections provides an optimistic sign. After a solid FY 2015, collections grew by 5.7 percent in FY 2016 (excluding tax amnesty receipts). Unrestricted revenue for the General and Education Funds received during the entire fiscal year totaled $2.39 billion, which was nearly $100 million above what policymakers expected these two funds to collect. Yet, despite a much healthier and growing economy, the circumstances faced by some of our residents is not as favorable as one might expect.

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