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In September we released the 2014 edition of "What is New Hampshire?", our annual overview of major trends and policy issues facing the state. The report and accompanying data offer a wealth of information on the past, present, and future of New Hampshire. But, at more than 70 pages and dozens of charts, it can be a lot to get through.
New Hampshire is just about to jump into a new legislative session, and Task One for lawmakers will be drawing up a new budget that charts state spending for the next two years (starting July 2015).
But the next Legislature will have a lot more on its plate than just budget talks. One of the ways to measure the priorities of House and Senate members is to look at the Legislative Service Requests, or LSRs, filed at the beginning of the session.
The U.S. Census Bureau this week released its annual population projections. For a good analysis of the national data, you can look to this fact sheet produced by Ken Johnson at UNH's Carsey School of Public Policy. The data provides some insight into possible demographic trends, both nationally and in New Hampshire.
Today's broadcast of NH Public Radio's "The Exchange" was devoted to the Center's recent update to our "What is New Hampshire?" report. This annual publication and data package surveys the major policy issues and critical questions shaping the state's future. The data explain where New Hampshire has been, forecast where it is heading, and explore how current trends and policy choices facing the state will affect the well-being of its citizens.
In the course of a new research project, we've been digging through some old studies of New Hampshire's education system. These earlier analyses help provide historical context for the public policy discussions the state tends to revisit time and again. And this kind of stroll through the archives also reminds you that many of the challenges New Hampshire is now facing aren't necessarily new.
We’ve been looking lately at data on immigrants to New Hampshire for a new research project we’re engaged in. In addition, we’ve had a long-standing interest in understanding how well New Hampshire’s education system provides for its young people. Recent numbers from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey allow us to draw connections across these two, seemingly separate issues – with some interesting and important findings.
Which has the edge: Michigan or Ohio? Does Texas outrank North Carolina? Has Florida lost its lustre?
For college sports fans, such state-based comparisons are the stuff of heated debate. But economists and demographers have been getting in the game lately, too. In fact, there’s been a recent boom in efforts to rank states according to measures of economic prosperity, health, safety and other measures -- rather than college bowl games.