The week of February 3rd was one headlined by political orations, snowy frustrations and Olympian ovations. Yesterday, Governor Maggie Hassan gave her first State of the State speech calling for one high-end casino, and standing firm against legalizing marijuana. UNH President Mark Huddleston gave an address of his own, defending a new $25 million athletic complex. A former high-ranking official for the Diocese of Manchester will face prison time due to theft charges, while oil company owner Fred Fuller gets a bill from a state bailout last month.
News of a deal on Medicaid expansion emerged just before Governor Maggie Hassan took to the microphone on Thursday to deliver her first State of the State address in Concord. The first-term Democrat relished in bringing one of her biggest priorities closer to fruition.
“With today’s positive step forward, it is clear that we can work through this together, and help working people access critical health coverage,” says Hassan.
Governor Maggie Hassan's first State of the State Address touched on a wide range of issues, including energy, infrastructure, and education.
But the biggest news of the speech was a deal to expand the state’s Medicaid program, announced by Senate President Chuck Morse and Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen shortly before the governor's address.
It’ll likely be several more weeks before most of New Hampshire's syrup producers boiling their sap into maple goodness, but there are big ideas and changes in the air these days around syrup production, from new grading standards for syrup-producing states and Canadian provinces, to research on sap that suggests syrup could be produced in a way that's something akin to a row crop.
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3:10: Hassan's closing statement: "We must continue to prove the strength of our democracy by working through our challenges together. With vigor, but with constant attention to our shared purpose and vision. Because, for the State of New Hampshire, the best way forward is always through."
Former U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta is starting a "health care listening tour" at one of the hospitals excluded from the provider network for health plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act.
Guinta, a Republican hoping to regain the seat he lost to Democrat Carol Shea-Porter in 2012, on Thursday is visiting Frisbie Memorial Hospital. The hospital is a vocal critic of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's new narrow provider network.
Under pressure from New Hampshire’s congressional delegation, the U.S. Department of Energy says it will disclose which alternatives to the route favored by Northern Pass it plans to study. That is something opponents of the controversial project have been seeking.
Before the Northern Pass project can go forward it must be approved by the DOE. And, the core of that approval is an environmental impact statement. It will focus on the 187-mile route Northern Pass wants to use.
Power plants get paid just for being ready to turn on if they are needed, in something called the capacity market. And a recent auction in that market has revealed that in three years the region will experience a power shortage. This in turn means that come 2017, existing power plants in New England will be paid nearly twice as much just to keep their doors open.
Gov. Maggie Hassan will deliver her first State of the State address Thursday to a joint session of New Hampshire lawmakers.
Hassan ended her first year in office with decent job-approval ratings – 51 percent versus 21 percent who disapprove, according to a recent poll.
She begins her second with a heightened national profile: In December, she was elected vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association, which spent heavily to help her defeat GOP challenger Ovide Lamontagne in 2012.