State Budget

Politics
8:48 am
Mon March 4, 2013

On The Political Front For March 4

Votes are expected in the House this week on whether the state will allow the building of one casino, as outlined in Governor Hassan's budget, and the proposed raise to the gas tax; The House Finance Committee gets to work on the budget.

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NH News
6:05 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

In Budget, Hassan Lays Out Priorities

Legislators and audience members bow their heads for the pledge of allegiance, before the Governor’s address.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The governor’s budget address is the starting point for the months of wrangling and compromises that will eventually determine where the state will spend its money.

In the budget released today Governor Hassan spelled out her priorities in key areas like education, healthcare and infrastructure.

On Education

Restoring cuts to the state’s public universities was a centerpiece of Maggie Hassan’s campaign for governor, and Education was at the center of her speech.

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NH News
5:13 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Hassan Makes Pitch For Raising Cigarette Tax

For Hassan, increasing the cigarette tax is both good for public health and the state's bottom line
Credit SuperFantastic / Flickr Creative Commons

Governor Maggie Hassan is looking to raise New Hampshire’s cigarette tax.  In her state budget address, she pitched a  30-cent increase as good public health policy.

“New Hampshire has the highest youth smoking rate in the Northeast, with 19.8 percent of high school students who smoke cigarettes," Hassan said.  "Cigarette taxes nationwide have proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent youth smoking.”

She also said it will raise $40 million in revenue without compromising cross-border sales.

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Environment
4:33 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Governor's Budget Would Restore LCHIP Funding

Governor Hassan’s is proposing the state restore funding to Environmental groups’ first priority: the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. The $4 million dollars a year for LCHIP comes from fees tacked generated by certain real-estate transactions. It’s supposed to go into a dedicated fund used to put land and historic building into preservation.

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NH News
3:39 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Hassan Makes Case For Casino In Budget Address

Hassan says a number of her legislative priorities could be funded by casino licensing fees.
Credit Frank Bonilla / Flickr Creative Commons

Governor Maggie Hassan used her budget address to propose a new, high-end casino. 

Governor Hassan’s budget banks on this casino generating $80 million in licensing fees.  And she said the state is already dealing with the social costs of gambling allowed in other states, without benefiting from the revenue.

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Politics
7:30 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Governor, Legislature Prepare To Hammer Out Budget

During her campaign, Governor Maggie Hassan ran on restoring at least some of the money cut during the last round of budget writing.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

With a new governor, a divided statehouse, and continued uncertainty over federal spending, New Hampshire lawmakers are preparing to hammer out a budget.  It’s never a particularly easy process.  But hopes are high at the statehouse that this session, the inevitable fiscal fights will be more muted.

In her inaugural address earlier this month, Democratic governor Maggie Hassan struck a bipartisan tone about the state’s finances.

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NH News
6:45 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

State's Largest Department Gets To Work Meeting Hassan's Budget Demands

Nick Toumpas

State department heads will spend the coming weeks working to meet Governor-elect Maggie Hassan’s mandate to cut spending by 3 percent next year.

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NH News
6:45 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Hassan Proposes Revenue Consensus Panel

Gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan speaks with members of the Portsmouth Rotary Club
Emily Corwin NHPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan says she will create a panel of lawmakers, state agencies and economists to build consensus around budget numbers. 

It would be called the Consensus Revenue Estimating Panel, Gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan told members of the Portsmouth Rotary Club on Thursday.  During her lunchtime address at  the Portsmouth Country Club, Hassan said the panel will help provide lawmakers with accurate budget numbers that they can agree on.

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NH News
3:42 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Ovide Lamontagne Outlines Campaign for Governor

Ovide Lamontagne
courtesy of the candidate

Republican candidate for governor, Ovide Lamontagne, came on NHPR’s ‘The Exchange’ today to discuss his campaign.

Lamontagne says his campaign is focused on the economy and jobs. He wants to loosen regulations on local business and support free enterprise.

He also says he would develop a ‘zero-base’ or ‘prospective’ budget versus New Hampshire’s current ‘maintenance’-style budget.

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StateImpact
11:36 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Report: NH Barely Passes On Government Spending Transparency

New Hampshire has a long history of frugality.  And with the current crop of spending hawks in the legislature, that sense of thrift has only intensified.

But you’ll have a hard time if you want to keep tabs on state spending online.

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StateImpact
10:04 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Charting NH's Incredible Shrinking Government

Catherine Idsae

Two hallmarks of Republican legislative leadership these past couple of sessions have been a commitment to small government and the use of deep cuts to state government to bridge budget gaps.

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StateImpact
11:32 am
Tue February 14, 2012

How State Budget Cuts Affect Your Property Taxes

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 11:32 am

A new report finds that Granite State communities are leaning more and more heavily on property taxes. Examining data from 2007–2010, the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies found:

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Year in Review
4:00 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

A Year of Big Changes for the State Budget

House budget writers hold a committee session, March 2011.
Dan Gorenstein, NHPR

In looking back at the big New Hampshire news stories of 2011, perhaps none touch as many facets of the state as the new two year budget.

Reporter Dan Gorenstein spent much of the year following the budget process and the issues arising from it. He tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about what's in the budget and what it means for New Hampshire.

StateImpact
4:00 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Economics And Politics Clash Over NH Tax Revenue Forecast

Economist Dennis Delay presented this graph to lawmakers as one illustration of New Hampshire’s structural deficit
Dennis Delay / New Hampshire Center For Public Policy Studies

Yesterday, StateImpact liveblogged the Joint Economic Session.  Members of the House and Senate Finance and Ways and Means Committees gathered for hours to hear economists offer projections on where the global, national, and state economies are headed in 2012.

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NH News
4:29 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Medicaid Tax Confusion Hits November Revenues

On first glance, New Hampshire’s November revenue numbers look terrible.

For the month, the state is $57 million dollars in the hole.

But NHPR’s Dan Gorenstein reports, there may be room for optimism.

You’d think, given November’s shortfall, Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Hodgdon would be alarmed.

But Hodgdon, the head of what is effectively the state’s finance office, is actually pretty bullish about last month’s report.

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