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    • Budget timeframe: Biennial

      Fiscal Year begins: July 1 

      Find the current state budget here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.


      NH Gov. Hassan

      Gov. Maggie Hassan
      Office of Governor Maggie Hassan
      107 North Main Street
      Room 208
      Concord, NH 03301
      Phone: (603) 271-2121
      Fax: (603) 271-7680



      Linda Hodgdon, Commissioner
      Department of Administrative Services
      State House Annex, Room 120
      Concord, NH 03301
      Phone (603) 271-3204
      Fax: (603) 271-6600


      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities


      New Hampshire is required to pass a "balanced budget." Section 9:3 of the State law requires the governor to provide estimated revenue for all recommended appropriations. New Hampshire law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.

      A review of the State's Budgetary Comparison Schedules within its annual reports reveals budget deficits (negative net transactions) for the last three years.

      The State maintains three individual major funds, the General, Highway, and Education Trust Funds, and a certain number of non-major governmental funds. All three major funds are budgeted in addition to one individual non-major fund. [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]


      Find the state's bond ratings here.


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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.