House finance committee chair Mary Jane Wallner opened her testimony on the house’s $11b spending plan by holding it aloft, and then setting it gently on the table.
"We brought you a present, all tied up in a big gold bow. So there it is, house bill 1 and 2 as passed by the house."
The senate accepted the House budget politely, but Senators also signaled they will be taking a different approach. Casino Gambling, which the Senate and Governor Hassan support, is likely to be at the center of the Senate spending plan.
Over the next year, producer Keith Shields will be visiting thirteen New Hampshire towns that are either turning or celebrating 250 years, looking to dig up the interesting, near-forgotten, and quirky stories that make each town unique. The series will kick off later this week with New Boston, with Plymouth coming up next month. Our map will let you know where else Keith will be going!
(Note: Numbers in legend do not indicate the order they will come up in the series.)
As lawmakers consider raising the state's gas tax, you may be wondering: are New Hampshire's roads getting worse? Why are they getting harder to pay for? And, does it really matter if we have a few more potholes? NHPR's newsroom answers those questions with a 3-minute animation.
The House passes their budget, which does not include gambling, but funds some of Governor Hassan's priorities, such as mental health and higher education; the budget-writing process now moves to the Senate, where it is likely to see numerous changes; the Senate hears several high-profile bills this week, including a reinstatement of the state minimum wage; Scott Brown announces he "would not rule out" a Senate run in NH.
Lakes Region Community Services helps children with autism and their families through their early intervention program and autism center. Christian Lapierre was 15 months old when his mom, Denise, realized something was wrong and called Lakes Region Community Services.