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Following the $11.3 billion budget approved by lawmakers last week, a vero pledge by Governor Hassan has brought legislators back to the table to work on a Continuing Resolution.

“The Internal Revenue Service could issue as early as next month new draft regulations governing political activity by tax-exempt organizations, according to a notice issued on Thursday. But it remains unlikely that the new rules would be in place before the 2016 election.”

“With the benefits of more time and money, Senate budget writers are crafting a two-year state spending plan that restores many of the cuts made by their House counterparts in April.”

Yesterday, the House approved its version of the FY 2016-2017 state budget. The proposal, at $11.2 billion in General Fund spending, is an estimated $300 million less than proposed by Governor Hassan.

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


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