Government Spending in NH: The Devil Is In the (Fiscal) Details

Analyzing spending is an excellent way to determine organizational priorities. The Table below shows state spending at the beginning and the end of the last 10 years.

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Category

2015-16
(Millions)

2007-08
(Millions)

Difference
(Millions)

Gen. Government

$510

9%

$483

10%

+$27

+5.60%

Justice/Public Protection

$597

10%

$448

9%

+$149

+33.20%

Resource Prot. /Dev.

$290

5%

$179

4%

+$111

+62.00%

Transportation

$582

10%

$552

12%

+$28

+5.10%

Health & Social Services

$2,251

41%

$1,797

37%

+$454

+25.30%

Education

$1,1421

25%

$1,371

28%

+$50

+0.04%

Total Authorized Expenditures

$5,651

100%

$4,832

100%

+$819

+17%

The figures above show an increase in Total Authorized State Spending of 17% over 8 years. But buried within that increase is a significant shift in priorities. Huge percentage spending increases were authorized for Justice and Public Protection, Resource Protection and Development, and Health and Social Services, while Transportation and Education were essentially “flat-lined.”

In a 2014 CNBC study of “America’s Top States for Business,” New Hampshire ranked 48th of the 50 states for Infrastructure (energy and transportation), and 41st of the 50 states in Workforce (education).

No matter what politicians may claim, jobs are not created by government. Government creates the environment within which businesses must operate, and jobs are created (or not) by businesses that either start up or move to New Hampshire. “Following the money” reveals that our tax dollars are being spent addressing the consequences of joblessness and poverty rather than investing in infrastructure and workforce readiness to reduce them. This has placed New Hampshire near the bottom of the nation in two major areas of concern in attracting the businesses we need to rebuild our economic base: Infrastructure and Workforce.

If elected, I will work hard to make certain that our spending priorities refocus on building a stronger economy rather than increasing dependency on government.