The House Budget suspends the 40-year old Revenue Sharing Program under Chapter 31-A, and provides no funds for State Building Aid. Based on 2008 revenues to each town and the amount scheduled to be awarded to each school district, the Josiah Bartlett Center is able to provide local budget writers with the projected impact of the pending state budget.

“Budgets are about choices, and as the State Senate takes up this budget, it should know the impact it would have on cities and towns,” said Lead Investigator Grant Bosse, who authored the study. “Better information leads to better decisions, and we’re happy to provide it.”

The Bartlett Center has been a leading opponent of the government’s attempt to take the private property commonly known as JUA. With the court ruling of 7-29-09 prohibiting the taking of $110 Million, readers may wish to see our previous work on the subject. Included an early piece (March 25) sounding the alarm before there was a lawsuit

Unacceptable Seizure of Private Funds

The other discusses the lawsuit and the reasons the taking would almost certainly be prohibited ( from July 8 )

Dangerous Taking of Private Property

A district by district compilation of how much school district would have received in the coming year if school construction were not eliminated. Under the Governor’s Budget and the House Republican Alternative, construction aid would have been funded at $41 million. The budget as passed by the House eliminated school construction aid.

With a little luck, President Obama will save us from ourselves and derail the train project we can’t afford but are eager to pursue.

An amendment capping charter school enrollment across New Hampshire could force hundreds of Granite State students out of their current schools. The Senate budget would cap enrollment at 850 students, hundreds fewer than are currently enrolled. If the cap stays in the state budget, New hampshire’s eleven charter schools would not be able to accept new students next year and might have to hold a “reverse lottery” to kick current students out of the classroom. Two charter school administrators worry that the cap might force them out of business entirely.

In Looking for examples of fiscal responsibility and stability, the United States would do well to emulate its neighbor to the north.

Grant Bosse examines the history of the state’s revenue sharing programs and the impact to towns in the state of ending the programs that would have provided $160 million over the next biennium. The impacts vary by town across the state but are most severe in property poor towns like Berlin and Claremont

There is also a complete TOWN BY TOWN LIST here

This is the 400 line spreadsheet explaining the stimulus compromise put out by Sen. Nelson (D-Neb). The Washington Post chart graphically illustrating the details can be accessed here:

The department of transportation’s list of potential projects to be paid for with the potential federal bailout is compared to the the state’s ten year transportation plan and the “redlist” of bridges to be repaired. Author also suggests two alternatives that would align with already established state priorities.

The PowerPoint slides from a presenation on the $90 million shortfall carried forward and the $500-800 million budget problem the state faces in the coming biennium.