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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Roy Proposal A Poor Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

September 16, 2013 Health Policy
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In recent testimony before New Hampshire’s Commission to Study Expanded Medicaid Eligibility, Avik Roy, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, presented an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. While many of the details of the plan remain unknown, it seems likely that it would cover far fewer people than the expansion New Hampshire is now considering, would impose unaffordable out-of-pocket costs on participants, and would forgo the economic benefits of accepting billions of dollars in federal funds.

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Medicaid Expansion in NH: Health Care Coverage for Thousands; Little or No Cost to the State

July 29, 2013 Health Policy
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Policymakers in New Hampshire have an opportunity to extend affordable health care coverage to low-income Granite Staters through Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A nine-member commission, created as part of the FY 2014-2015 budget, is working through the summer and into the fall to study the consequences of expanding Medicaid. Evidence recently presented to the commission suggests that Medicaid expansion would benefit roughly 48,000 New Hampshire residents at little or no cost to the state.

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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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NH Poverty Rate Increases with Supplemental Measure

20 Oct 2014

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Ask any scientist or researcher and they’ll tell you: measurement matters. That truth extends to the social sciences as well, where better, more robust measures can yield new insights into economic conditions. For instance, a more comprehensive measure of poverty – known as the Supplemental Poverty Measure – demonstrates that New Hampshire’s poverty rate is much higher than typically thought. In fact, New Hampshire was one of just 13 states where the poverty rate was higher under the Supplemental Poverty Measure.

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