Governor Hassan http://nhpr.org en Hassan Signs $11 Million Mental Health Package http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-signs-11-million-mental-health-package <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Hassan has signed legislation designed to strengthen the state’s mental health system, a result of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2012.</span></p><p>The law allocates roughly $11 million through next fiscal year for increased community-based treatment options including supportive housing and crisis response teams. It is the first portion of a $30 million settlement agreement reached in December.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:47:21 +0000 Todd Bookman 51764 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Signs $11 Million Mental Health Package Gas Tax Hike Brings Protestors http://nhpr.org/post/gas-tax-hike-brings-protestors <p></p><p>New Hampshire’s per gallon tax on gasoline and diesel is going up 4.2 cents July 1. According to Americans for Prosperity, New Hampshire’s economy will pay a price.</p><p>Tom Thomson of Orford was among the protestors the conservative group brought to a Hooksett gas station.</p><p></p><p><em>Thomson: The power to tax is the power to destroy. By passing Senate Bill 367, we will at best damage the New Hampshire advantage, and worse see businesses suffer and or close; and that equals loss of jobs.</em></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:03:10 +0000 Halina Loft 51089 at http://nhpr.org Gas Tax Hike Brings Protestors Gov. Hassan Attends Opiate Response Conference http://nhpr.org/post/gov-hassan-attends-opiate-response-conference <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan will join most of the other New England governors at a conference to map out a regional response to the growing problem of opiate drug abuse.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:21:13 +0000 Associated Press 50352 at http://nhpr.org State Revenue Continues To Fall Below Estimates http://nhpr.org/post/state-revenue-continues-fall-below-estimates <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Hodgdon said Tuesday that May's revenues were about $3 million below estimates, mostly because $2.6 million the state thought it would get during the month came in April instead.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:45:48 +0000 Associated Press 49646 at http://nhpr.org State Revenue Continues To Fall Below Estimates $40 For An Ice Pack? Workers' Comp System Comes Under Review http://nhpr.org/post/40-ice-pack-workers-comp-system-comes-under-review <p>Governor Hassan is creating a task force to study ways to improve the state’s workers’ compensation system.</p><p>The move comes on the heels of a <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/nhpr/files/201405/EMBARGOED_NH_Workers_Compensation_Medical_Costs_Comparison.pdf" target="_blank">new report</a> that finds worker compensation costs in New Hampshire are well above regional and national averages.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:15:21 +0000 Todd Bookman 49005 at http://nhpr.org $40 For An Ice Pack? Workers' Comp System Comes Under Review Hassan Orders Freeze On Spending As Tax Revenues Dip http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-orders-freeze-spending-tax-revenues-dip <div>A legislative committee has approved New Hampshire Governor <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maggie Hassan's proposal to freeze hiring, equipment purchases and out-of-state&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">travel.</span></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hassan asked the Fiscal Committee Thursday to approve the freeze, as past&nbsp;governors have done when confronted with potential budget deficits.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:20:56 +0000 NHPR Staff 49002 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Orders Freeze On Spending As Tax Revenues Dip State Awaits Approval Of Medicaid Expansion Plan http://nhpr.org/post/state-awaits-approval-medicaid-expansion-plan <p>The state is bumping up against an intended&nbsp;start date for Medicaid expansion sign-ups.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/SB0413.html" target="_blank">bi-partisan plan</a> agreed to earlier this year originally called for a two-month early enrollment period beginning May 1<sup>st</sup> with coverage starting in July, but t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hasn’t yet signed off on the package.</span></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:54:25 +0000 Todd Bookman 47553 at http://nhpr.org Governor Hassan Calls On Senate To Increase Minimum Wage http://nhpr.org/post/governor-hassan-calls-senate-increase-minimum-wage <p>Governor Maggie Hassan is urging Senate lawmakers to increase the state’s minimum wage.</p><p>In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, Governor Hassan writes that boosting the rate would accelerate the state’s economic growth.</p><p>“Restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage will help our economy by putting more money in the pockets of hard-working people of all ages to spend at businesses across the state,” writes Hassan.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:30:58 +0000 Todd Bookman 47218 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Takes Up Infrastucture With Berlin Bridge Visit http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-takes-infrastucture-berlin-bridge-visit <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Gov. Maggie Hassan is visiting a bridge in Berlin, N.H., to talk about the need to strengthen investment in the state's transportation's infrastructure.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:51:06 +0000 Associated Press 46048 at http://nhpr.org A Conversation with Gov. Hassan: Year One http://nhpr.org/post/conversation-gov-hassan-year-one <p>Last week, Governor Maggie Hassan stepped up to the front podium in Representatives Hall and delivered her first State of the State speech.&nbsp; Hassan addressed her victories and challenges of her first year, and outlined&nbsp; her hopes for year two: &nbsp;she underlined a desire for a ‘high end’ casino, stood firm on her stance against legalizing marijuana and tried to reach out to both sides of the aisle to get work done.But bipartisanship hasn’t been always come easy for the governor. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 43198 at http://nhpr.org A Conversation with Gov. Hassan: Year One State Agrees To $30 Million Settlement In Mental Health Lawsuit http://nhpr.org/post/state-agrees-30-million-settlement-mental-health-lawsuit <p>The state of New Hampshire has agreed to settle a major class-action lawsuit over its treatment of residents with serious mental illness.</p><p>Under the terms of the agreement announced Thursday, the state will spend an additional $30 million on expanding services for the strained mental health system over the next 4 years.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:33:16 +0000 Todd Bookman & Brady Carlson 40491 at http://nhpr.org Managed Care Transition Puts Governor Hassan In Difficult Position http://nhpr.org/post/managed-care-transition-puts-governor-hassan-difficult-position <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ethan Wallace, head down, decisively storms out the backdoor of his group home in Plymouth. He checks on the garden, the shed, and then climbs onto some boulders edging the property.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“One thing about a guy like Ethan,” says Stuart Wallace, “he’s very healthy and very active. And with Ethan, there is no such thing as sitting still and relaxing.”</span></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:04:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 38240 at http://nhpr.org Managed Care Transition Puts Governor Hassan In Difficult Position On Expansion, Lawmakers Have Two Weeks To Reconcile Two Competing Plans http://nhpr.org/post/expansion-lawmakers-have-two-weeks-reconcile-two-competing-plans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Lawmakers returned to Concord Thursday to debate a major part of the federal health overhaul law: expansion of Medicaid. In New Hampshire, such a move would provide insurance coverage to an estimated 50,000 low income residents.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 23:06:11 +0000 Todd Bookman 38165 at http://nhpr.org On Expansion, Lawmakers Have Two Weeks To Reconcile Two Competing Plans Legislature Gears Up For Medicaid Session, With No Deal Yet Announced http://nhpr.org/post/legislature-gears-medicaid-session-no-deal-yet-announced <p>For the next two weeks, lawmakers will be in Concord to discuss Medicaid expansion, including an up-or-down vote. Governor Maggie Hassan says she’s open to ideas for how to expand the health program, but wants to make sure any final plan works for the state.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hassan and leaders of both parties have been meeting privately to discuss ways to expand Medicaid, but as of yet haven’t hinted at a deal.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:30:20 +0000 Todd Bookman 38092 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire's Fiscal Year Finishes With Surplus http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshires-fiscal-year-finishes-surplus <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Governor Maggie Hassan says strong fiscal management by state leaders and an improving economy have boosted the state&#39;s budget surplus to $76 million for fiscal year 2013.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">That figure is $19 million more than the $57 million lawmakers had anticipated.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:52:26 +0000 Associated Press 36226 at http://nhpr.org