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The state’s mental health settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and funding in 2013 for elements of the 2008 10-year mental health plan are regularly cited as examples of how well New Hampshire is meeting its obligations to citizens with mental illness. However, while $28 million was appropriated two years ago, it appears that nearly $12 million of that investment has not been made.

Brad Cook, attorney at Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, explains the problems with expanding the BET (business enterprise tax) to apply to large nonprofits, as proposed in HB 569. 

The New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies shared their first thoughts on Governor Hassan's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016–2017.

Following a strong showing of opposition to House Bill 569, the House Ways and Means Committee retained the bill in committee.

The full Senate confirmed the Public Works and Municipal Affairs Committee's recommendation that SB 17, a bill to create state mandated board training for nonprofits that receive over $250,000 in public funding, was inexpedient to legislate; effectively killing the bill for this legislative session.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported  that nonprofits cheered a successful vote in the House on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 that would make several tax breaks for charitable giving permanent, but the legislation faces a steep climb to become law.

Read more on the Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Senate Public Works and Municipal Affairs Committee recently voted this year's mandated nonprofit board training bill, SB 17,  Inexpedient to Legislate.

The NH nonprofit sector responded to Representative Hess' bill, HB 569, with vehement opposition at the Ways and Means Committee hearing on February 6.

The House Ways & Means Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 569 this Friday, February 6th, at 10:30 AM in Room 202 of the Legislative Office Building. HB 569 proposes to levy the Business Enterprise Tax (BET) on a significant group of NH nonprofits.

The Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee received strong testimony on January 21 in opposition to SB 17, a repeat proposal to mandate Board level training to nonprofits that receive $250,000 or more in public funding.


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