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A Brief Report on Gambling in New Hampshire
The Center found:
- A minority of New Hampshire residents gamble at casinos. In 2008, an estimated 21% of New Hampshire residents gambled at a casino in the previous 12 months.
- A majority – 56% -- of New Hampshire residents participate in some form of gambling, when the definition of gambling includes scratch tickets and lotto games via the state lottery.
- Problem gambling exists in New Hampshire. National estimates suggest that somewhere between 1 and 2 percent of the population has a pathological gambling problem. Estimates on pathological gambling for New Hampshire residents are lower.
- The state lottery, charitable gambling, and pari-mutuel activities around the state generated slightly more than $70 million in state revenues.
- Gambling revenues represent approximately 3% of total unrestricted state revenues. This represents a significantly smaller share of the total revenues than existed in the past. In 1979, slightly more than 10% of unrestricted revenues were associated with gambling taxation.
- The gambling market in New England is currently in significant flux. Lottery revenues in New Hampshire have, like gambling revenues across the country, experienced a significant decline. Moreover, state demands for revenue have resulted in significant increase in the interest in expanded gambling, particularly in Massachusetts.
Sharing the Common Burden: New Hampshire and Public Services
The Center presents a comprehensive picture of public services in the state, a profile of where the burden of funding these services lies, and how it is changing over time. Over the last 5 years, this analysis suggests that the local property tax bears an increasing share of the costs of public services in New Hampshire at the municipal and county levels. At the State level an increasing share of appropriations are funded through the federal government.
Looking Toward the Next Budget Conversation
Presentation by Steve Norton to the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association Economic Development Committee on December 9, 2009.
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