HB1279 (2024) Detail

Relative to payment by the state of a portion of retirement system contributions of political subdivision employers.


HB 1279-FN-LOCAL - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2024 SESSION

24-2116

05/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1279-FN-LOCAL

 

AN ACT relative to payment by the state of a portion of retirement system contributions of political subdivision employers.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Edgar, Rock. 29; Rep. Soucy, Merr. 21; Rep. Rung, Hills. 12; Rep. Maggiore, Rock. 23; Rep. O'Brien, Hills. 10; Rep. Goley, Hills. 21; Rep. Cloutier, Sull. 6; Rep. Muns, Rock. 29; Rep. Wilhelm, Hills. 40; Rep. Shurtleff, Merr. 15; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Perkins Kwoka, Dist 21; Sen. Altschiller, Dist 24

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill provides that the state shall pay 7.5 percent of contributions of retirement system employers other than the state for group I teachers and group II members.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

24-2116

05/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Four

 

AN ACT relative to payment by the state of a portion of retirement system contributions of political subdivision employers.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Short Title; Purpose.

I.  This act may be known as the "Property Tax Relief Act of 2024."

II.  This act renews a promise made by state to municipalities and restores the state’s contribution of a portion of the retirement costs of teachers, firefighters, and local police.  Its purpose is to help ease the local property tax burden, provide property tax relief to the cities and towns, and enhance public education and public safety.

2  Retirement System; Employer Contributions; State Share of Contributions.  Amend RSA 100-A:16, II(b) and (c) to read as follows:

(b)  The contributions of each employer for benefits under the retirement system on account of group II members shall consist of a percentage of the earnable compensation of its members to be known as the "normal contribution," and an additional amount to be known as the "accrued liability contribution;" provided that beginning with state fiscal year [2013] 2025 and for each state fiscal year thereafter, any employer [shall pay the full amount of such total contributions] other than the state, shall pay 92.5 percent of such total contributions, and 7.5 percent thereof shall be paid by the state; and provided further that, in case of group II members employed by the state, the state shall pay both normal and accrued liability contributions.  The rate percent of such normal contribution, including contributions on behalf of group II members whose group II creditable service is in excess of 40 years, in each instance shall be fixed on the basis of the liabilities of the system with respect to the particular members of the various member classifications as shown by actuarial valuations, except as provided in subparagraph (i).

(c)  The contributions of each employer for benefits under the retirement system on account of group I members shall consist of a percentage of the earnable compensation of its members to be known as the "normal contribution," and an additional amount to be known as the "accrued liability contribution;" provided that beginning with state fiscal year [2013] 2025 and for each state fiscal year thereafter, in the case of teachers, any employer other than the state, shall pay 92.5 percent of such total contributions, and 7.5 percent thereof shall be paid by the state; and provided further that, in case of teacher members employed by the state, the state shall pay both normal and accrued liability contributions.  The rate percent of such normal contribution in each instance shall be fixed on the basis of the liabilities of the system with respect to the particular members of the various member classifications as shown by actuarial valuation, except as provided in subparagraph (i).

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.

 

LBA

24-2116

Revised 4/1/24

 

HB 1279-FN-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to payment by the state of a portion of retirement system contributions of political subdivision employers.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [ X ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

Estimated State Impact - Increase / (Decrease)

 

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

FY 2027

Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

Revenue Fund(s)

None

Expenditures

$0

$27.13 million

$27.78 million

$28.46 million

Funding Source(s)

General Fund

Appropriations

$0

$0

$0

$0

Funding Source(s)

None

Does this bill provide sufficient funding to cover estimated expenditures? [X] No

Does this bill authorize new positions to implement this bill? [X] N/A

 

Estimated Political Subdivision Impact - Increase / (Decrease)

 

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

FY 2027

Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

Expenditures

$0

($27.13 million)

($27.78 million)

($28.46 million)

*The New Hampshire Retirement System states it is not able to separate the fiscal impact of this legislation between county and local government, therefore the fiscal impact is shown together as political subdivisions.

 

METHODOLOGY:

The bill requires the State to pay 7.5 percent of contributions of retirement system employers other than the State for group I teachers and group II members beginning in FY 2025.  The New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS) states the proposed change affects the pension contribution rate, but not the medical subsidy contribution rate.  The NHRS indicates this bill does not impact the NHRS unfunded actuarial accrued liability (UAAL) or funded ratio because it does not change the total amount of employer contributions due to the retirement system, only the funding source.  Because this bill shifts the impact from political subdivisions to the state the fiscal impact of this bill is an increase in general fund expenditures and decrease political subdivision expenditures by $27.1 million in FY 2025 and $27.8 million in FY 2026, and $28.5 million in FY 2027.   See tables below for more detail of fiscal impact.

 

Expected Employer Dollar Increase (Decrease) Due to Proposal - State ($ Millions)

 

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

FY 2027

Employees

-

-

-

-

Teachers

-

$18.18

$18.59

$19.01

Police

-

$5.65

$5.80

$5.96

Fire

-

$3.30

$3.39

$3.49

TOTAL

$0.00

$27.13

$27.78

$28.46

 

Expected Employer Dollar Increase (Decrease) Due to Proposal - Political Subdivisions ($ Millions)

 

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

FY 2027

Employees

-

-

-

-

Teachers

-

($18.18)

($18.59)

($19.01)

Police

-

($5.65)

($5.80)

($5.96)

Fire

-

($3.30)

($3.39)

($3.49)

TOTAL

$0.00

($27.13)

($27.78)

($28.46)

 

 

This bill does not appropriate funds to cover the expenditures in FY 2025.  Additionally, the costs for FY 2026 and forward would need to be included in the NHRS's operating budget.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

New Hampshire Retirement System

 

Links


Date Body Type
Jan. 29, 2024 House Hearing
March 19, 2024 House Exec Session
March 20, 2024 House Floor Vote
April 9, 2024 Senate Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

HB1279 Revision: 39797 Date: April 1, 2024, 12:08 p.m.

Docket


April 16, 2024: Committee Report: Referred to Interim Study, 04/18/2024, Vote 6-1; SC 15A


April 3, 2024: Hearing: 04/09/2024, Room 103, SH, 02:10 pm; SC 14


April 2, 2024: Introduced 03/21/2024 and Referred to Finance; SJ 8


March 28, 2024: Reconsider (Rep. Wilhelm): MF DV 179-194 03/28/2024 HJ 10


March 28, 2024: Ought to Pass: MA VV 03/28/2024 HJ 10


March 28, 2024: Inexpedient to Legislate: MF RC 178-194 03/28/2024 HJ 10


March 28, 2024: Lay HB1279 on Table (Rep. Sweeney): MF RC 182-192 03/28/2024 HJ 10


March 20, 2024: Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass


March 20, 2024: Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate 03/20/2024 (Vote 16-9; RC) HC 12 P. 32


March 13, 2024: Executive Session: 03/19/2024 10:00 am LOB 210-211


Feb. 21, 2024: Division I Work Session: 03/06/2024 01:00 pm LOB 212


Jan. 19, 2024: Public Hearing: 01/29/2024 10:00 am LOB 210-211


Jan. 11, 2024: Vacated and Referred to Finance (): MA VV (in recess of) 01/04/2024 HJ 2 P. 72


Dec. 6, 2023: Introduced 01/03/2024 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 1