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The next week is a pivotal time for the state budget debate in New Hampshire, as the House of Representatives puts the final touches on its version of the next two-year spending plan and sends the result to the Senate.
Much of the conversation over the past few days has centered on the cuts that the Republican-led House Finance Committee has proposed to Gov. Hassan’s original budget plan. Among the sharpest cuts are in the Department of Transportation (where the House may end up cutting $88 million from the Governor’s budget) and the Department of Health and Human Services (where spending reductions currently hover around $170 million in General Fund spending over the 2016-17 biennium, compared to the Governor’s budget.)
In a recent column for Business NH Magazine, we pondered the growing popularity of various "best of" lists and state rankings. You probably come across a new one each week: a list or study purporting to rank, with scientific accuracy, the 50 states according to their economic strength, "livability," tax climate, or some other metric.
But while such rankings may be fun to consume, they aren't necessarily conducive to good policymaking. Check out the full column to read our argument for why policymakers might want to take a break from state-by-state comparisons for a while.
The New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies has accepted an engagement to study the economic and community impacts of the proposed Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct Project in New Hampshire. The Center will produce a report, to be made public when completed, on the costs and benefits associated with the project. As is its custom, the Center will retain full control over the design and editorial content of the study and report.
Governor Hassan outlined her proposal for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 state budget earlier this afternoon. The Governor’s budget address represents the first major step in the months-long biennial budget writing process, and her plan is now in the hands of legislators.
While analyzing every wrinkle in a nearly $12 billion budget is not a simple task, here’s some quick analysis from the Center. We focus on the handful of items in the Governor’s budget plan that caught our eye and seem likely to stir up the most discussion.
We're excited to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors.
They are John Herney, a longtime teacher and administrator at Phillips Exeter Academy, and Catherine Provencher, Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs and Treasurer for the University System of New Hampshire.
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.