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.
In May U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R) signed a settlement with the FEC admitting he accepted an illegally large campaign donation from a bank account controlled by his parents. His case has drawn attention to campaign finance law.
In November 2014 the NH Rail Transit Authority presented the results of a feasibility study for commuter rail in southern New Hampshire. The study suggested commuter rail would the boost southern New Hampshire economy, but the House and Senate declined to include commuter rail funding in the next state budget.
This year the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a marijuana decriminalization bill, but the Senate voted to table the bill in June.
Northern Pass is a proposed 180-mile transmission line which would bring electricity from Hydro-Quebec to a substation in Deerfield. Developers tout the project as providing "clean," renewable electricity, but landowners in the area and conservationists object to the project's possible deleterious impact on property values and the environment.