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Hassan Pitches Casino During Budget Address

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

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

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 […]

Gov. Hassan Creates Revenue Estimating Panel By Executive Order

Governor Hassan has issued an executive order creating a panel of experts to advise her on state revenue projections. Once a budget is adopted by the legislature, the panel will meet regularly to review revenue estimates, and share those estimates with legislators. Earlier this month, the state’s Legislative Budget Assistant Jeffry Pattison told us why […]

N.H.’s $54 Million Question: Will Lawmakers Pass A Casino Bill This Year?

As the next legislative session approaches, expanded gambling is certain to be a hot topic. At least two bills are certain to surface that would allow for at least one casino in the state, both sponsored by Manchester lawmakers: one sponsored by Republican Representative Steve Vaillancourt, another by long-time expanded gambling proponent, Democratic Senator Lou […]

What Governor-Elect Hassan’s New Budget Could Look Like

For political junkies, policy wonks and other assorted budget watchers, February 15th is a big day.  That’s the deadline for new Governor Maggie Hassan to submit her proposed FY 2014-2015 budget to the legislature.  The House and Senate will then have until the end of this fiscal year, June 30th, to hash out an agreement. […]

Primary Crash Course: How Democratic Gov. Candidates Say They Would Rev-Up The Economy

Next week, New Hampshire voters will decide who gets to run for governor this November.  And despite the fact that most states would envy our 5.4 percent unemployment rate, jobs and the economy are the issues driving the primary elections. StateImpact lays out the similarities–and differences–between the plans of the leading Democratic candidates. Q: What […]

NH Gubernatorial Candidate Says Her Campaign Will Stress Job Creation

Democrat Maggie Hassan, 53, who recently announced her candidacy for governor, said one of her major goals is to focus on creating jobs in New Hampshire, and suggested that gambling in the state ought to be expanded in order to boost state revenue. The former Democratic Senate majority leader spoke to the Portsmouth Press Herald: […]

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