The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) in Concord, a nonprofit, nonpartisan economic think tank, published a new resource designed to help Granite Staters develop a better understanding of the state budget process and trends in funding for state programs and services.
Titled "Building the Budget: New Hampshire's State Budget Process and Recent Funding Trends," the publication was released in conjunction with Governor Chris Sununu's official budget address, which was delivered to the New Hampshire Legislature on Thursday, February 9 and outlines the Governor's funding priorities for the next two years.
"The state budget is a statement of what we value as a society," says John Shea, executive director of NHFPI. "As New Hampshire embarks on the development of the next biennial state budget, we hope this new resource can serve as a tool for legislators; for nonprofit, business, and community leaders; and for all citizens who wish to become more informed and engaged in the process by which we establish our state's funding priorities."
"Building the Budget" reviews the various stages of the budget process, outlining key aspects of the state agency, Governor, House of Representatives, Senate and Committee of Conference phases. The publication explains budget terminology and outlines the funds which support budget allocations for various categories of state programs and services.
In addition, "Building the Budget" highlights funding trends from 2006 to present for the six key budget categories, which include General Government, Administration of Justice and Public Protection, Resource Protection and Development, Transportation, Health and Social Services and Education. The resource guide also provides funding trends for the ten agencies with the largest appropriations in the current state budget.
You can read the "Building the Budget" resource here.