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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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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Testimony Regarding BET and Tipped Wages

May 14, 2013 State Tax Policy
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I am here today to voice opposition to Amendment 2013-1668s, which seeks to reduce the taxes owed by businesses that employ wait staff and other workers that receive some of their pay in the form of tips. As proposed, the amendment would make the struggle to finance public services vital to New Hampshire’s economic health that much more difficult. Furthermore, the amendment may establish a double standard in the treatment of tips under law. Finally, the amendment would undermine the basic purpose of the BET, eating away at its base and compromising the stability it brings to New Hampshire’s tax system. Consequently, I urge the Committee to reject the amendment.

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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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