U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is calling for congressional action to prevent federal student rates from doubling next month.
If Congress does nothing, interest rates on subsidized Stafford Loans will increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1.
At a roundtable discussion at Granite State College on Friday, Shaheen said Congress has a responsibility to prevent that from happening, especially at a time when Americans owe more on student loans than credit cards.
The talks kicked off with small agreements, like the House agreeing with the Senate’s desire to drain $16m from a renewable energy fund, and also to pay for local water projects starting in 2014 rather than 2015.
But while top budget writers stressed their common goals, big disagreements loom, on taxes and Medicaid expansion.
"Monday we’ll start the hard work of really talking about the issue where we may have some disagreement."
Democrat Mary Jane Wallner is House Finance Committee Chairman; Republican Chuck Morse leads the Senate’s finance panel.
The 90th annual Laconia Motorcycle Week has a distinct sound that revs and rattles throughout the Granite State during the nine day rally, but over the years “bike week” has also become known for its unique taste.
“We do a lot of eating at bike week,” Jennifer Anderson, director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, said laughing.
During the event, vendors set up temporary stands along the Loudon racetrack, selling chicken tenders, soft pretzels, fried dough, sizzling pizza and seafood to patrons who watch sports bikes orbit the track.
The people of Littleton New Hampshire celebrated Pollyanna Glad Day this past Saturday. The June 8th event also marked the publishing Centennial of the bestselling children’s classic about the little girl who always looks on the bright side. While a dubious meaning shadows the character name in popular culture, Sean Hurley reports that the residents of Littleton believe they know the real Pollyanna. A hundred people opened and closed their umbrellas in the rain and shine that came and went throughout Pollyanna Glad Day.
From shores of wild waterways to not-so-wild urban ponds, a small bird startles up and flies low over the water with quick, stiff wingbeats.
It's a spotted sandpiper, a small shorebird often encountered along freshwater shorelines.
Shorebirds come in all sizes, and spotted sandpipers are in the short, stocky category. Despite coloring that blends well with sand and rocks, there's a movement that often gives spotted sandpipers away: they bob up and down as though seized by intense hiccups. When stalking prey, however, their teetering stops.
Public Service of New Hampshire is asking regulators if it can lower its rates by nearly 10 percent, or .92 (point-nine-two) cents per kilowatt hour. The rate reduction comes as the state’s largest utility is increasingly under scrutiny for its high rates.
If regulators approve the reduction, PSNH customers will pay 8.62 cents per kilowatt hour. That rate is still more than PSNH’s biggest competitors, two of which offer six month fixed contracts at under 8 cents a kilowatt hour. However, the more competitive price could take some pressure off the utility.
This week some NHPR staffers got their first weekly share of veggies from a nearby CSA – which stands for community supported agriculture.
The idea is that consumers buy a share of the year’s crops in advance – that gives them a weekly supply of produce, while farmers get a more stable income stream than what they might have selling just through farmers markets or farmstands.