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state budget2016-2017 State Budget

The state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017.  The process of crafting that biennial budget started in October and November against the backdrop of a changing political dynamic in New Hampshire.


Sen. Lou D'Allesandro is sponsoring SB 113, a 2015 bill that would authorize two casinos in New Hampshire. Several legislators are sponsoring other 2015 bills that would affect gambling in New Hampshire.

gas taxGas Tax

The gas tax (officially known as the road toll) has stood at 18 cents per gallon since 1991. The tax was increased to 22.2 cents per gallon, effective July 2014. Now the House is considering raising the gas tax again to fund the Department of Transportation.

Marijuana DecriminalizationMarijuana Decriminalization

Despite repeated attempts in recent years, the Legislature has been unable to pass legislation that would allow adults to purchase and use small amounts of marijuana. Under the current law, marijuana possession is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, and a $2,000 fine.


In January 2015 the PUC agreed to let PSNH negotiate a settlement over Scrubber costs with the legislature. In March 2015 PSNH - now part of Eversource Energy - announced a settlement to cover most of the costs of the Scrubber. 

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