The New Hampshire Senate rejects placing a one year moratorium on wind farms and new electric transmission projects, and instead opts to study how such projects are sited and whether new transmission lines could be buried.
The study passed 23-1, but only after a long debate and the defeat of two proposals to impose moratoria strongly backed by opponents of wind farms and the Northern Pass project.
Representative Bill O’Brien says he will file paperwork next week to launch a campaign committee in advance of a possible run for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District.
The Mont Vernon Republican says polling he’s done shows widespread dissatisfaction with freshman Democrat Ann McLane Kuster. From overspending in Washington to late payment of her own property taxes in Hopkinton, O'Brien says, "Ann McLane Kuster doesn't get it."
At 6:15 every morning, Christine Suchecki leaves her house in Windham, NH, and spends the next hour and twenty minutes driving almost 40 miles to her job as a nurse in Boston. Her husband drives in a similar direction, to Waltham, MA. “We just look at it as either you’re going to pay financially in your proximity to the city, or with time in your commute,” Suchecki says.
The New Hampshire House has voted 206-150 increase the New Hampshire’ gas tax by 12 cents, phased in over 3 years for gas, and 4 years for diesel.
All but 8 Democrats supported the proposal -- which would raise $750,000,000 over ten years -- and all but 13 Republicans opposed it. The final vote came after almost 2 hours of debate. Nashua Democrat David Campbell is the bill’s lead sponsor.
Power New England, the electricity supplier that was kicked out of the regional market for not
paying its bills, has proposed a settlement with regulators. The company has agreed to reimburse customers for the confusion its hasty exit from the market caused. The settlement proposes cutting $9.50 checks to the roughly 7,300 former PNE customers who were switched to Public Service of New Hampshire. In all the payments will cost PNE around $70,000.
On Thursday, the New Hampshire State Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill that’s getting a lot of attention in the dental community. The measure would expand the role of some hygienists. Advocates say this could help increase access in the state, but dentists argue it’s a misguided solution for a problem that may not exist.