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.

Extending Medicaid

Under the Affordable Care Act, New Hampshire has the opportunity to accept federal funds to extend Medicaid to more NH families — improving the health of New Hampshire workers and taking pressure off employers, private insurance and medical providers. Visit here for regularly updated links and information.

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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Fact Sheet: New Hampshire’s Medicaid Program

July 15, 2013 Health Policy
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Medicaid is a decades-old partnership between states and the federal government that currently provides health insurance to 137,000 low-income residents in New Hampshire. However, its reach is limited. Many hard-working but low-earning Granite State adults are not eligible for the program, leaving many uninsured. This fact sheet explains the current program’s strengths and limitations as lawmakers consider whether to accept federal funds to extend Medicaid to more low income adults.

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The Senate’s Proposed FY 2014-2015 Budget

June 13, 2013 State Budget
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In the aggregate, the levels of spending approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate via their respective versions of the FY 2014-15 budget are relatively similar. The lower chamber would appropriate $4.55 billion in General and Education Funds over the next two years; the upper body would provide $4.59 billion. Of course, while the House and Senate may arrive at destinations that are fairly close to one another, the paths they follow to get there are quite different. Here’s a closer look at the Senate’s plan.

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Arkansas’ Approach to the Medicaid Expansion: Premium Assistance

May 21, 2013 Health Policy
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As New Hampshire considers the opportunity to accept millions of dollars in federal funds to reduce the number of people without insurance, some policy makers are looking at an experimental approach embraced by the state of Arkansas as it seeks to extend Medicaid to more of its low-income workers.

This issue brief explains the basic framework of Arkansas’ premium assistance proposal, examines the federal standards that will have to be met in order to implement such an approach, and explores some of the issues that must be weighed.

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Court Rulings Focus New Attention on MET and Its Role in State Finances

16 Apr 2014

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On April 8, the Hillsborough County Superior Court, in response to a lawsuit brought by three New Hampshire hospitals, declared the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax (MET) to be unconstitutional. The ruling comes on the heels of a similar decision handed down in February by the Rockingham County Superior Court in a case involving two rehabilitation hospitals operating in the Granite State. While the Attorney General’s office announced that it will likely appeal this most recent ruling – just as it did with the earlier decision – the situation is likely to prompt policymakers to consider possible responses.

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