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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New Hampshire’s Revenue Problem Persists; Business Tax Rate Reductions Would Impede Full Recovery

July 27, 2015 State Tax Policy
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New Hampshire’s ongoing budget debate hinges, in part, on current and future revenues, yet collections continue to fall short of pre-recession levels and appear unlikely to recover fully in the immediate future. Preliminary data from the Department of Administrative Services suggest that, while General and Education Fund revenue is poised to exceed initial expectations for fiscal year 2015, it will likely remain some $250 million less in FY 2015 than it was in FY 2008, after taking inflation into account. Furthermore, proposed reductions in the rates of the business profits and business enterprise taxes would help to perpetuate this revenue problem.

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The Conference Committee’s FY 2016-2017 Budget

June 23, 2015 State Budget
New Hampshire State House

In its particulars, the version of the FY 2016-2017 budget approved by the House and Senate conference committee on June 18 bears a strong resemblance to the tax and spending plan adopted by the upper chamber just a few weeks ago. While the conference agreement is intended to finance the operations of state government over the next two fiscal years, it is perhaps more notable for what it will do in the years after the close of the FY 2016-2017 biennium. The agreement includes a set of business tax cuts that, though they will reduce revenue by more than $20 million in the upcoming biennium, will not take full effect until FY 2020; once they do, they will drain more than $100 million out of each biennial budget.

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The Senate Finance Committee’s Proposed FY 2016-2017 Budget

June 2, 2015 State Budget
Senate Chamber

Buoyed by a more optimistic outlook for revenue collections over the next two years, the version of the FY 2016-2017 budget approved by the Senate Finance Committee would mitigate some of the spending reductions adopted by the House of Representatives and would reverse others completely. Nevertheless, the Committee’s version of the budget lacks permanent changes in policy necessary to address the failure of the state’s revenue system to recover from the national recession. Consequently, the Committee’s budget proposal falls short of the plan offered by Governor Hassan, both in terms of investments critical to New Hampshire’s economic future and the amount of resources allocated to services designed to protect the most vulnerable Granite Staters.

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Governor Offers Compromise Budget Plan

23 Jul 2015

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On Thursday, July 23, Governor Maggie Hassan put forward a new proposal in an attempt to reach a compromise over New Hampshire’s FY 2016-2017 budget. The proposal appears to use the spending levels included in the version of the budget she had vetoed on June 25 as a starting point, but calls for additional funding for several key priorities, such as substance abuse treatment programs, travel and tourism promotion, higher education, and the previously agreed upon contract for state employees. At the same time, the proposal would make numerous changes in tax policy, some of which would reduce the amount of revenue collected during the FY16-17 biennium, others of which would increase it.

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