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Transportation Advocates Pin Hopes on Gas Tax Hike

In February, Transportation Commissioner Christopher Clement told a legislative committee that his agency was neither for nor against a House bill that would raise the state’s gas tax by 12 cents to pay for much-needed repairs to New Hampshire’s roads and bridges. At the time, Clement could remain, as he put it, “revenue agnostic,” as [...]

Female Inmates’ Lawsuit Spurs Action Among Lawmakers

Nearly 24 years after the courts first ordered a new facility for female inmates, the New Hampshire House has approved a capital budget with $38 million set aside for a 224-bed women’s prison in Concord. Now, a class action lawsuit is driving lawmakers to act. 85 percent of the women here at the Goffstown prison [...]

Casino Could Bring N.H. More Costs Than Revenue, New Report Finds

Charity gaming at Rockingham Park in Salem -- the most likely location for a high end Casino.

A new report finds that a casino may create more social costs than tax revenue, mostly because of the 30 percent tax rate included in the Senate bill supported by Governor Hassan. “The tax rate set at 30% puts us in a situation where the social costs outweigh or come close to outweighing the revenue [...]

The House Has Casino Bills, Too

Rockingham Park Poker Chips

Although Governor Maggie Hassan has thrown her weight behind a gambling bill produced in the Senate, the House Ways and Means committee heard testimony today on two bills sponsored by House members. Lincoln Representative Edmond Gionet’s bill allows for two casinos – one near the Massachusetts border, like the Senate bill, and another casino, in the White [...]

Health At Heart Of Hassan Budget (According To This Word Cloud)

Word clouds may be a little “last year,” but that won’t stop us from posting one here — originally published by the Center for Public Policy Studies. It turns out the word “health” came up a lot in Governor Hassan’s budget speech. That’s interesting because it stands out in the budget spreadsheets, too. The Department [...]

Hassan Pitches Casino During Budget Address

Hassan's budget gambles on New Hampshire allowing one, high-end casino to set up shop in the state

Governor Maggie Hassan used her budget address to propose a new, high-end casino. Governor Hassan’s budget banks on this casino generating $80 million in licensing fees.  And she said the state is already dealing with the social costs of gambling allowed in other states, without benefiting from the revenue.

Governor’s Budget Expands Public Safety Funding

Like many services with state funding, law enforcement took some hits in the last budget

Calling public safety “our most important responsibility,” Governor Maggie Hassan outlined her funding proposals in today’s budget address. Comparing public safety to the state’s health care system, Hassan said it had taken “too many hits” in the last budget.  She called on legislators to “reverse course” immediately, in the interest of keeping New Hampshire residents [...]

Hassan Makes Case For Raising Cigarette Tax

Hassan wants to raise the cigarette tax above its original level

Governor Maggie Hassan is looking to raise New Hampshire’s cigarette tax.  In her state budget address, she pitched a  30-cent increase as good public health policy. “New Hampshire has the highest youth smoking rate in the Northeast, with 19.8 percent of high school students who smoke cigarettes,” Hassan said.  “Cigarette taxes nationwide have proven to [...]

Education Tax Credit Supporters Turn Out Against Repeal

Dominique Vasquez-Vanasse stands with her two sons at a press conference. Later, she'll testify before the Ways and Means Committee in support of an education tax credit.

The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would repeal the School Choice Scholarship Act, which passed last year. The act allows businesses to receive a tax credit when they donate scholarship money to private schools. Many of the same arguments that were heard last session came up again this [...]

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