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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Long Since Due: An Increase in New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage

March 12, 2014 State Economy
NH Minimum Wage Worker statistics

Due to legislative inaction and the corrosive effects of inflation, New Hampshire’s current minimum wage comes up short in a number of ways. It trails behind the rest of New England, stands below prior levels in terms of real purchasing power, and leaves workers struggling to get by. Accordingly, raising the minimum wage and ensuring it is adjusted for the cost of living in future years would help families make ends meet, boost sales at local businesses, and put New Hampshire on a path towards an economy that works for everyone.

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NHFPI Testifies in Support of Increase to NH Minimum Wage

February 11, 2014 Research, State Economy
Construction workers

The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) today joined New Hampshire legislators, small business owners, and a broad coalition of statewide organizations in voicing support for an increase to New Hampshire’s minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour and the lowest in New England. NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch provided testimony …

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Fact Sheet: Comparing the Medicaid Expansion Proposals

November 18, 2013 Health Policy
Medical Records & Stethoscope

Separate bills now before the House of Representatives and the Senate would enable New Hampshire to accept federal funds available through the Affordable Care Act to provide access to health insurance to adults with incomes under 138 percent of the federal poverty line. Each bill would expand the state’s existing Health Insurance Premium Program, allow access to health coverage through the managed care organizations that currently deliver Medicaid services in New Hampshire, and offer premium assistance to help with the purchase of health insurance through the new Marketplace. This side by side comparison of the House’s and Senate’s proposals highlights the varying degrees to which each measure relies on these three approaches — and for how long.

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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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