Budget 2018-2019

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Gov. Christopher Sununu on Feb. 9, in an address to a joint session of the Legislature, offered an $12.1 billion budget for the upcoming biennium. It suggests increases in spending of 2.2 percent in fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) and a 1.2 percent increase in fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019).

The proposed budget is $800 million more than the current $11.3 billion budget that ends on June 30. The governor said he and his budget writers used "conservative revenue projections" and that spending in the two fiscal years would be based only on the revenue raised during those two fiscal years. Those revenue projections estimate 2.5 percent growth in fiscal 2018 and 2 percent growth in fiscal 2019.

Here are some of the highlights, as articulated by Sununu during his budget address:

  • The budget seeks to boost the economy with an emphasis on small businesses;
  • There will be a new Department of Natural and Cultural Resources;
  • The budget contains funding for full-day kindergarten statewide and more money for charter schools;
  • The University System of New Hampshire will be flat funded, while the Community College System funding will be increased;
  • A $5 million scholarship fund will be created for New Hampshire students wishing to attend New Hampshire colleges and universities;
  • The staffing and program shortfalls in the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, criticized in a report, will be addressed;
  • A workforce initiative program of $5 million will seek to address a shortfall of health care-related workers;
  • Addressing high energy rates, Sununu proposed more relief for low-income residents;
  • An infrastructure restoration fund will make grants available to cities and towns to fix local roads and bridges;
  • Quarterly reports will be expected to monitor Medicaid costs;
  • To address the opioid crisis, more money will fund law enforcement, treatment, and recovery, which includes doubling the Alcohol Fund, hiring 10 state troopers (five in each fiscal year) dedicated to drug interdiction, and establishing funding for Granite Hammer law enforcement efforts against heroin trafficking.

Here is a transcript of Sununu's speech, annotated by New Hampshire Public Radio.

Following are various iterations of the budget:
Operating budget broken down by department
Operating budget complete (PDF)
Capital budget (PDF)
Executive budget summary (PDF)
Operating budget detail in Excel

The budget package from the Republican governor will be reviewed by a Republican-controlled House and Senate in the weeks ahead. For Democrats, the budget falls short in places.

Senate Democrats were critical of the governor not fully funding the alcohol fund used for opioid addiction treatment and recovery programs in the state. The fund was originally established to receive 5 percent of revenues from the N.H. Liquor Commission. Lawmakers in recent years scaled that back to 1.7 percent. Sununu's budget does double it to 3.4 percent, but Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn, D-Whitefield, said, "We need to find out why Governor Sununu chose not to fully fund the alcohol fund, which supports our effort to combat this crisis.”

House Democrats were also critical of Sununu's decision to use $5 million to create the Governor's Scholarship Fund, rather than increasing funding for the state's university system. They also said his kindergarten proposal does not guarantee the program for all schools. He said in his budget address the proposal "will provide financial support to communities that choose to support and create full-day kindergarten programs."

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

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2018-2019 state budget bill. The House of Representatives is in the process of drafting the budget.

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2018-2019 state budget bill (part 2). The House of Representatives is in the process of drafting the budget.

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Makes appropriations for capital improvements (e.g. roof replacements, HVAC upgrades, etc.) for the next two fiscal years.

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Issue Status

Gov. Christopher Sununu presented a proposed budget of $12.1 billion during his speech to a joint session of the Legislature on Feb. 9. For the upcoming biennium, it proposes increases in spending of 2.2 percent in fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) and a 1.2 percent increase in fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019).

The proposed budget is $800 million more than the current $11.3 billion budget that ends on June 30. The governor said he and his budget writers used "conservative revenue projections" and that spending in the two fiscal years would be based only on the revenue raised during those two fiscal years. Those revenue projections estimate 2.5 percent growth in fiscal 2018 and 2 percent growth in fiscal 2019.

The operating budget is contained in HB 1. The capital budget for the biennium -- specific spending for largescale projects throughout the state -- is contained in HB 25.

 

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