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.

Strengthening New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage

Raising the minimum wage is one way New Hampshire can start to build an economy that works for everyone.

Business Taxes in New Hampshire: Where Do They Stand? How Much Do They Matter?

Some of the current proposals to reduce business taxes ignore facts about N.H.’s tax structure and, more generally, about the impact taxes have on economic activity. Here’s an overview to help put things in perspective.

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Striking a Balance: Financial Contributions and Access to Care in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program

August 21, 2014 Health Policy
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The State of New Hampshire recently opened coverage for the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, the state’s public health insurance program for low-income adults. Policy makers are now building the framework for the Premium Assistance Program, which will provide coverage through commercial insurance carriers in the federal Marketplace starting in 2016. Whether to require financial contributions, such as premium payments or cost sharing, from enrollees is a question that requires careful analysis.

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Access to Health Insurance in a SNAP

June 4, 2014 Health Policy
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The New Hampshire Health Protection Program is expected not only to provide affordable health insurance to as many as 50,000 Granite Staters, but also to produce noticeable savings within the state budget. New Hampshire could use data it currently collects and verifies in administering the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to identify and to enroll eligible adults into the Health Protection Program. This strategy will maximize budgetary savings, minimize strains on state resources, and quickly provide affordable health insurance coverage to as many as 27,000 low-income adults.

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Regional Impact of Raising New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage

April 4, 2014 State Economy
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Raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage would begin to build an economy that works for everyone in the Granite State, enhancing economic security for thousands of workers and helping to boost bottom lines at local businesses. While the impact of a higher minimum wage would be felt throughout New Hampshire, some regions of the state would be more affected than others, due to variations in population and in the composition of local workforces.

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Education Tax Credit Ruling Shines Light on State Tax Expenditures

29 Aug 2014

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A new legislative committee, designed to improve the soundness of the Granite State’s tax system, began meeting earlier this week and, thanks to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, will now likely have one more item on its long-term agenda. Ironically, just an hour before the Joint Committee held its first meeting on Thursday, the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued its ruling on one of the more controversial tax expenditures the state has enacted in recent years – a credit for the contributions businesses make to organizations offering scholarships to attend private and home schools.

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