Josiah Bartlett Center - State Employee Pay, the Final Budget, and NH Unemployment

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Josiah Bartlett Center

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on the issues impacting New Hampshire

Every two years, state employee pay and benefits is a big part of the budget battle yet most policymakers have only vague concepts of whether state workers are the largest cost in the budget and whether employees are over or under compensated.

The new state budget includes a 6.2% raise brought in at the last minute with some incentives to try and control health care costs. The state employees eventually turned down the contract they negotiated but the money is still part of the budget document... Click here to keep reading.


Latest Budget Resources

FY14-15 Budget Finished

Now that the FY14-FY15 budget is complete, be sure to catch up on the very latest analysis from the Center. All of our budget work is conveniently located in one place... Right here


A Look at the Final Budget

Higher Education a Big Winner

The Fiscal Year 2014-15 Budget passed both the House and Senate by wide margins on June 26th, and is currently awaiting Governor Hassan’s signature, who has said that she will sign it. So how does this year’s final budget look like over all? In General Funds, it spends roughly $213.9 million more than in the previous biennium... Click here to keep reading.


NH Unemployment Drops to 5.3%

Good news in the State jobs report

According to New Hampshire Employment Security, the unemployment rate for the state in the month of May fell to 5.3%, a drop from 5.5% in April. Click here to keep reading.