Later this week 110 members of the New Hampshire Army National Guard will mobilize in support of combat operations in Afghanistan. The 237th Military Police Company will train in Texas for several months before departing to Khost Province.
77 of the soldiers are deploying for the first time. But others are on their second and third; one is one his fifth deployment.
It’s those repeated deployments that have been a signature of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – and a researcher at UNH, they could take a toll on servicemembers’ families.
New Hampshire’s Medicaid program currently insures poor children, the disabled and low income pregnant women.
But after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the state must decide if it wants to expand the program to adults that earn less than $15,000 a year: roughly 58,000 people in New Hampshire.
According to Representative Bill O’Brien, the state just can’t afford to cover those extra people.
With a February 15th deadline looming, a group of lawmakers met today to discuss the direction of the state’s health insurance exchange. But the committee meeting produced more questions than answers.
The state needs to decide, and soon, if it will partner with the Federal government to run a new insurance exchange. For his part, Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny told a legislative oversight committee that he supports the partnership option.
Prior to 2001, New Hampshire utilities built power lines, supplied electricity and simply passed along the cost to consumers. But that all changed a little more than a decade ago as most New England states chose to deregulate, meaning utilities had to sell their power plants, and just be in charge of operating power lines.
The Local Government Center looks to replace its executive director; a look at bills that are coming down the pipe, including a bill to allow businesses to receive tax credits for donating private and home school scholarship funds, and a repeal of the Voter ID law.
At the start of a New Year, some numbers look good -- sales are steadily going up and prices are recovering. But there are also less hopeful signs -- foreclosures remain a stubborn problem and new construction is slow. We’ll take a look at the housing picture here in the Granite State.
Brian Gottlob -Principal of Policon Research, an agency focusing on economic and public policy issues.