The New Hampshire Senate officially takes the reins in the state budget negotiations this week, one week after the House passed its version of a two-year spending plan. As the next state budget moves one step closer to completion, it's worth asking a basic question that should be at the heart of this process: What is New Hampshire’s vision for the future, and how can the budget help realize it?
Following our earlier brief description of the Governor’s proposed budget, we put together a policy note this week that focuses on the biggest items in the House’s proposal: health and human services, education spending and state revenues.
In broad terms, neither the House’s budget nor the budget plan proposed by the Governor in February represent a major break from current state practice in terms of budgetary policy or strategy. Both represent an increase in state spending, both would direct a greater share of state dollars to Health and Human Service spending, and both would decrease the share (though not the total amount) of state dollars going to education. Lawmakers should consider how those broad trends align with efforts to position the state for growth, innovation, and prosperity.
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