The lawsuits driving the New Hampshire budget

May 01, 2019
NH budget lawsuit

The 2019 budget debate is focused on a showdown between Democratic legislators and Republican Gov. Chris Sununu over taxes.

However, there is another branch of government that may dictate some of New Hampshire’s budget: the courts. Several pending lawsuits may force the state to spend money a certain way, regardless of how legislators and the governor feel about it.

School funding

Potential cost: $1 billion

Analysis: Sununu’s 2019 budget address

Feb 15, 2019
NH budget

On Thursday, February 14, Gov. Chris Sununu presented his two-year budget proposal to the Legislature. The House and Senate may revise his budget as much as they choose, but his ideas set the stage for future state spending.

The last state budget totaled about $11.8 billion. Agencies reported a need of at least $12.8 billion to continue operations over the next two years, but requested $13.6 billion. Sununu’s budget totals $13.1 billion.

Here’s a summary of highlights from Sununu’s proposal.

2019 school funding debate

Jan 25, 2019
school funding

Legislators have proposed many 2019 bills to change how New Hampshire funds schools. This article sums up the competing proposals that have been released so far; Citizens Count will update this article as new bills are released.

The current school funding formula

In fiscal year 2020, New Hampshire plans to provide the following in state funding to local school districts:

Which NH towns have highest property taxes?

Sep 05, 2018
property tax rates

New Hampshire’s statewide property tax is dedicated to education funding. However, those statewide property taxes are not enough to cover each town’s public education costs. Local property taxes make up the difference.

Click here to learn more about property taxes in New Hampshire

Which NH towns have the highest property taxes?

When combining all local, county, and state property taxes, these towns have the highest property tax rates in New Hampshire (as of September 2018):

Property-poor towns consider new education funding lawsuit

Jun 18, 2018
New Hampshire education funding

Several New Hampshire communities want the state to improve education funding. Frustrated by what they perceive as inaction by policymakers, they are considering a lawsuit to force the state’s hand.

Do you support SB 193, a bill that will allow some students to spend their share of state per-pupil education funding on private or home schooling?

Dec 17, 2017
private and public school funding

This January the New Hampshire House will vote on SB 193, a bill that would allow some students to receive their per-pupil share of education of funding as a scholarship for private school or homeschool expenses.

A private nonprofit would administer the scholarships, with the costs of that administration covered by retaining 5% of the per-pupil funding they receive.

NH communities pass, reject keno

Nov 08, 2017

On Tuesday, November 7 towns and cities across New Hampshire voted on various issues, including whether or not to allow keno.

Last spring the New Hampshire Legislature passed a bill to allow keno in restaurants and bars, if the town or city first votes to allow it.

Click here to learn more about gambling laws in New Hampshire.

Keno results

The following cities and towns approved keno:

Should NH eliminate statewide education funding, leaving cities and towns free to fund schools as they choose?

Oct 26, 2017

According to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the constitution requires state government to fund an adequate education for every public school student.

As a result, New Hampshire has a statewide property tax to fund education. School districts get a set amount of state money per pupil. Districts may get additional money for English language learners, free and reduced lunch students, and some other factors.

Click here to learn more about New Hampshire's current school funding system.

Should NH reinstate funding for public school building projects?

Oct 15, 2017
school building aid

For the first time in nearly a decade, New Hampshire public schools will soon have access to state funds for new building projects. This money will come from an estimated-$19 million fund—the spoils of a large budget surplus from the 2017 fiscal year, which ended June 30. The grant money will be awarded to schools with critical building needs involving school safety, security, and/or internet connectivity.

Committee works on school choice bill

Sep 07, 2017
public school and private school vouchers

On Wednesday, September 6 a New Hampshire House subcommittee continued work on a bill that would allow students to spend state funds at private schools.  The full House of Representatives will get a chance to vote on the bill in 2018.

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