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How are the schools in your community doing? And what are the factors that shape success for a school district?
Unless you're willing to put in a lot of time digging through data sets and talking with educators, you probably don't have many objective tools at your disposal to help answer those questions. Our latest report is meant to help address this gap for the largest public school system in New Hampshire.
The U.S. Census bureau released a slew of new economic data earlier today, detailing state-by-state numbers for median household income, poverty and cross-state migration. We're still poring over much of the data, but a cursory glance reveals mixed news for New Hampshire. First, the good news.
It's an interesting question, isn't it? No, we're not getting metaphysical on you. We're talking about demographic change – how New Hampshire’s population is changing, and why. Demographic shifts, particulary the patterns of migration into and out of New Hampshire, run through nearly every state public policy issue. And a new graphic from the New York Times provides a fascinating visual interpretation of that phenomenon.
New Hampshire has long enjoyed the top spot in the annual Kids Count index, which ranks the relative health, safety, and education of children from state to state. But in the most recent ranking, released earlier today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, New Hampshire fell from first to fourth among the states for child well-being.
With the end of June comes the close of New Hampshire’s fiscal year. It’s a time when budget bean-counters (including us) examine revenues and try to determine what they mean for the current budget as well as future expectations.
Our latest column in Business NH Magazine summarizes our recent analysis of changing trends in New Hampshire's housing needs. These changes could mean that our current housing infrastructure will drag down future economic growth, rather than serving as the catalyst is has over the past few decades.
There are several forces behind these trends: an aging population, shifts in housing preferences among younger generations, a mismatch in supply and future demand, and changes in financing. The state's housing industry must prepare for more senior households, financially strained first-time buyers, and changing lending standards.
New data released in recent weeks is giving us a better sense of the evolving impacts of the Affordable Care Act on insurance markets and health care in New Hampshire. Data through April indicated that as many as 40,000 people in the state had sought coverage through the federal health insurance exchange. We wanted to know: Is this a lot? A little?
The Medicaid Enhancement Tax, the state’s disproportionate share program, and a potential budget shortfall have been in the news as a result of a recent superior court ruling which found the MET to be unconstitutional.