We have updated our interactive budget calculator for the FY2016-17 New Hampshire state budget. Now it is your turn to balance the State Budget!
Revenue - Gambling revenue
Gov. Hassan has included in her budget plan establishment of Keno in NH.
The Governor included revenues from the introduction of Keno in New Hampshire, raising an estimated $8,000,000 in 2016 and $18,000,000 in 2017.
Revenue - Revenue changes
Budget writers in the House and Senate, as well as Gov. Hassan, relied on a mix of revenue sources -- in addition to traditional state taxes and fees -- to offset spending increases. You can undo some of those changes here, or adopt higher revenue forecasts if you feel the state's economy will perform stronger in the next few years.
Eliminate a series of changes to business taxes passed in the last budget session.
Governor Hassan included a series of tax changes to the Business and Profit Tax, including changes to the definition of reasonable compensation, and an attempt at limiting offshoring of profits that would otherwise have been taxed. This would raise an additional $25,200,000 in 2016 and $30,200,000 in 2017. Total impact? An additional $55,400,000.
Eliminate more optimistic forecasts for how state tax revenues will grow in the next two years
The Senate budget included revenue estimates that were significantly higher than those in the house. Choosing this option adopts the lower House revenue estimates, thus giving you less money to spend. Total impact? Choosing this option means you have $83,400,000 less to spend.
Use funds designed to help the state expand its use of renewable energy to offset other taxes.
The House decided to use all of the renewable energy funds from the budget of offset general fund expenditures. Total impact over the biennium? An additional $52,149,000.
Revenue - Tax & Fee Changes
House and Senate negotiators disagreed over whether to delay a series of changes in state business taxes that would result in less revenue for the budget.
Increase the cigarette tax
Governor Hassan included a Tobacco Tax increase in her budget which was estimated to raise an additional $20,600,000 in 2016 and $18,500,000 in 2017. Total impact? $39,100,000 over the biennium.
Keep the rate at which the state taxes business profits at its current rate.
The Senate budget included a reduction in the rate at which the state taxes business and profits. Reversing that decision would raise an additional $14,000,000 in 2017.
Spending - Aid to cities and towns
Support to cities and towns accounts for a large share of the state budget. There are many programs that could be cut or receive increased funding; here are a few choices.
Increase aid to local cities and towns
The Governor's budget provided NH municipalities and towns with additional resources for local government, distributing more of the state's receipts of meals and rooms taxes to local communities. Total impact? Increase spending of $6,507,794.
Spending - Education
Restore University of NH Funding to 2008 levels
All three budgets (Governor, House, Senate) increase spending on the University System. The Senate proposed spending $164 million for the University. This would return the University System to $200 million, the same level of state-support before a nearly 50 percent cut two biennia ago.
Spending - Health and Human Services
Measuring the impact of many of these proposed spending changes is difficult. Some might result in reduced services for those now receiving assistance. Some might result in greater pressure on municipal services and non-profit groups.
Eliminate increase in spending on Medicaid Substance Abuse.
The Senate budget provides $3.3 million for the Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Benefit to be implemented in the traditional Medicaid program in FY 2017. This would reduce spending.
Fund the extension of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (Medicaid Expansion) in 2017
This would provide state funding for the extension of the Medicaid Expansion program passed in the last legislative session. Total impact? $12,000,000 in 2017.
Fund the Office of Substance Abuse in the Governor's Office.
Both the Governor and the House included funding for a position in the Governor’s office to coordinate state substance abuse efforts. The Senate did not. This would fund that position, increasing spending by $184,375.
Fund the provision of Developmental Services spending at the Governor's recommendation.
The state is anticipating spending approximately $210,002,116 for Developmental Services. The Senate budget would increase spending by $13,620,867. The Governor proposed increasing spending on Developmental Services to $229,321,860. Checking this box would increase spending on developmental services by an additional $5,698,877.
Spending - Other state programs
Eliminate increase in spending on Travel and Tourism.
The Senate budget increased spending on travel and tourism by $3,769,914 and $3,748,072 to support the state’s efforts at promoting NH. Checking this box would eliminate this spending increase.
Create a position of Chief Operating Officer for the state.
box would eliminate this spending increase.
Create a position of Chief Operating Officer for the state. The Governor’s efficiency commission identified the need for developing the position of chief operating officer, to oversee the state’s administrative activities and efforts at improving state efficiency. This would coast an additional $333,000 in 2017.
Reduce the deposit into the State's Rainy Day fund.
As part of its budget, the Senate significantly increased the rainy day fund by depositing $11.8 million into the rainy day fund, increasing the Rainy Day Fund balance from $9.3 million to $20.7 million at the end of FY 2015, and to $21.1 million at the end of the FY 2016-2017 biennium
Spending - Payroll Expenses
Adopt the Governor's increase in spending associated with pay and benefit increases for state workers.
This would result in an additional $3,000,000 in 2016 and $9,000,000. Total impact? You are spending an additional $12,000,000.
Spending - Surplus or Deficit?
Congratulations on getting through the budget process. Check the "difference" figure below the revenue/spending tallies at the top of this page. If that number is positive, you balanced the budget. You can either go back and increase spending, or you can save that amount in the state's Rainy Day fund. If that number is negative, however, you're still in deficit. Go back to the start of the calculator and either make further spending cuts or adopt some new sources of revenue. Either way, the budget must end in balance. Good luck!
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