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Friday
Jun142013

Josiah Bartlett Center - Conference Committees, 1977, and What Happens in NH Doesn't Have a Budget? 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire


Just before dawn in the early morning of Friday, July 1, the New Hampshire House and Senate recessed with no budget and no legal authority for the government to operate. Closing up shop at 5:00 am, budget negotiators retreated to Howard Johnson’s for a quick breakfast after a sleepless night of fruitless negotiation. This was 1977 and the budget crisis would last for four months before resolution... Click here to keep reading.

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Off Budget: What Happens if NH Doesn't Have a Budget?

Questions and Answers

What happens if there is no state budget by June 30? With the House and Senate at such odds on the matter, it is a distinct possibility. It would not be that unusual either. New Hampshire has resorted to temporary budget six times since the end of World War II: 1949, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1977, and 2003... Click here to keep reading

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NH fills 400 vacant positions despite hiring freeze

Hassan has not denied a single request

A hiring freeze put in place five years ago by Governor John Lynch is doing little to prevent state agencies from filling their vacant positions, as the Governor’s Office has issued 436 waivers so far this Fiscal Year. Governor Maggie Hassan has not denied a single request to waive the hiring freeze in her first six months in office... Click here to keep reading.

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National Unemployment up to 7.6%


Mixed Data in the Jobs Report

The national unemployment rate grew to 7.6% in May, up from 7.5% in April. That increase translates to 101,000 additional unemployed persons... Click here to keep reading.

Friday
Jun072013

Josiah Bartlett Center - Budget Updates from Concord 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire


The political rhetoric surrounding the state budget bears no resemblance to the actual differences between the two parties and two chambers of the legislature. The rhetoric is as heated as it’s been in decades but the budget about to be adopted by the Republican Senate is remarkably similar to the one that passed the Democratic House... Click here to keep reading.

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Hassan Budget Complaints Overheated

Harsh Words Don't Match Facts

Hassan’s criticism centers on “sweeping, across-the-board cuts” to Health and Human Service programs that don’t exist. Hassan pillories a Senate budget that spends, in some cases dollar for dollar, exactly what she and House budget writers recommended... Click here to keep reading

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Latest on the FY2014-2015 Budget

Get Caught Up

As the Budget Process continues on here Concord, be sure to get caught up on all of our work on the 14-15 Budget... Click here to keep reading.

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The State's Online Checkbook


JBC's Transparency Project

With the budget process underway here in Concord are you curious where all that money is spent? Look no further than NHOpenGov. We have data on every last check the state wrote going back to 2009.... Click here to start looking!

Saturday
Jun012013

Josiah Bartlett Center - The Budget, HHS Spending, and Back of the Budget Cuts

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire


New Hampshire’s state budget always looks very different at each step of the process. The Governor, House, and Senate each have a very different approach to the budget whether they are of the same party or not. The final product, whether we have it by the June 30 deadline or not, won’t look like one side or another “won” but rather will resemble a patchwork quilt of changes and compromises. Rejecting gambling one side and tax increases on the other hasn’t caused chaos and isn’t petulant retribution.... Click here to keep reading.

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Gov,House & Senate HHS Budgets Largely the Same

Major Difference on Uncompensated Care

The spending levels  for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommended by the Governor, passed by the House, and proposed by the Senate Finance Committee are actually quite similar. The notable exception to this is the Uncompensated Care Fund, which are payments to hospitals to help pay for charity care.... Click here to keep reading

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Back of the Budget Cuts at Heart of Current Dispute

HHS Spending in the Spotlight

Governor Maggie Hassan had some harsh words for the Senate Finance Committee this week. But the “sweeping, across the board cuts” to Health and Human Services programs aren’t in the line by line budget headed to the Senate floor, which actually spends more than the Governor’s budget on HHS programs.... Click here to keep reading.

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The State's Online Checkbook


JBC's Transparency Project

With the budget process underway here in Concord are you curious where all that money is spent? Look no further than NHOpenGov. We have data on every last check the state wrote going back to 2009.... Click here to start looking!


Saturday
May252013

Josiah Bartlett Center - Medicaid Expansion and UNH Logos 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire


Like most states in the country, New Hampshire is having a difficult time answering the question about whether or not to expand Medicaid coverage. For the last decade politicians of both parties have not made any attempt to expand Medicaid coverage in New Hampshire. With the federal government dangling some initial money for the program, some are tempted but unsure. Today, with so many unanswered questions and reasons to be skeptical policymakers should avoid a rush to judgment and just say maybe... Click here to keep reading.

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UNH Spends 100k on New Logos...

Universally Panned

Mark Hayward reports in the Union Leader that the University of New Hampshire is spending $100,000 to have a New York company to redesign the UNH logo... Click here to keep reading

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...And Sparks a Crowd Source Movement

FB Group Coming up with New Designs

After news broke that UNH was spending $100,000 for a new logo, and the wave of disappointment at the three potential logos unveiled by the school, Wildcat Logo Search formed on Facebook to crowd-source a new and better logo for free.... Click here to keep reading.

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The State's Online Checkbook


JBC's Transparency Project

With the budget process underway here in Concord are you curious where all that money is spent? Look no further than NHOpenGov. We have data on every last check the state wrote going back to 2009.... Click here to start looking!


Friday
May032013

Josiah Bartlett Center - The Budget, The Internet Sales Tax, and Medicaid Expansion Study 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire


The word “budget” comes from an old Middle English word used to describe a wallet or purse that held one’s available money. The state’s budget negotiation ultimately will harken back to the original meaning of the word. Lawmakers of both houses of the Legislature will be unable to begin a negotiation over policy choices until they can agree on how much is contained in the state’s purse.

The House has already passed its version of the state's two-year budget. The House has already acknowledged that there will be many disagreements that have to be negotiated after the Senate passed its certain-to-be-different version of the budget... Click here to keep reading.

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Internet Sales Tax

Protects Amazon from the Next Amazon

The 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision Quill Corp. v North Dakota prevented states from drafting out-of-state businesses as tax agents unless they had a significant physical presence in that state. The internet sales tax bill, dubbed the Marketplace Fairness Act by some staffer who’d read Orwell, would force retailers to collect taxes based on the buyer’s address, even if the seller was in a state with no sales tax.... Click here to keep reading

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Medicaid Expansion Study: Little Bang For the Buck

Oregon Study Shows Little Health Improvement of Newly Covered

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the expansion of Medicaid, which is currently being debated in many states, including here in New Hampshire, does little to improve the health of the newly covered... Click here to keep reading.

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The State's Online Checkbook


JBC's Transparency Project

With the budget process underway here in Concord are you curious where all that money is spent? Look no further than NHOpenGov. We have data on every last check the state wrote going back to 2009.... Click here to start looking!