Governor Maggie Hassan issued an Executive Order Wednesday that would freeze state hiring and purchasing, as well as out-of-state travel. The governor says the freeze is needed following a dramatic drop in revenue last month.
Gov. Hassan says April education and general fund revenues fell short by almost $22 million. Prior to that, the state had been running a roughly $25 million surplus. She says the shortfall has lowered the state’s cushion to just below $4 million.
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New Hampshire's tax receipts are $25 million ahead of estimates so far this fiscal year despite a weak showing in October.
Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Hodgdon said receipts were $2 million below estimates, but October is a relatively small tax month. The state collected $105 million and had forecast receiving $107 million. Hodgdon said business taxes were down over $4 million, but such a small tax collection month makes it difficult to know if that signals a trend.
Since July 1, the state has collected $541 million.