An unusual festival in Exeter, New Hampshire has avoided cancellation with help from a seemingly unusual benefactor.
It's the Exeter UFO Festival, and to explain more we turn to Jason Claffey, editor at Exeter Patch. He's been reporting on the UFO Festival and joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with an update.
Governor Maggie Hassan has named a team of experts to help her estimate revenues during the state’s budget process.
Hassan used her first executive order to create her Consensus Revenue Estimating panel. The panel’s charge is to periodically develop and refresh estimates of the money raised from state taxes and fees.
Some states use such panels to set revenues used by budget writers; in N.H. that role is performed by lawmakers.
Opponents of a bill that would increase New Hampshire’s beer tax told lawmakers Wednesday that the move would harm an industry vital to the state’s economy.
New Hampshire-based beer manufacturers and industry advocates urged members of the House Ways and Means committee to reject the proposal. The bill would increase the tax on a gallon of beer at the wholesale level from 30 cents to 40 cents.
If N.H.’s so-called stand your ground law were repealed, people would again have a duty to retreat before using deadly force to defend themselves or others. House Majority leader, Steve Shurtleff of Concord, a former U.S. Marshall, is the repeal's lead sponsor.
"I don’t want to see us have an incident where someone is inadvertently killed because someone thought they were invoking their right under stand your ground."