Amanda Loder

Weekend Host/Business Reporter

Amanda Loder reports on business and the economy in NHPR's newsroom, and hosts Weekend Edition. Amanda  joined New Hampshire Public Radio following four years of reporting and hosting at Spokane Public Radio in Washington State. At Spokane Public Radio, she was recognized with regional Edward R. Murrow and SPJ awards for her feature and series reporting. During four years at SPR, she worked her way up from general assignment reporter to featurist, and was ultimately tapped to host All Things Considered. Amanda, a native Iowan, received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Religious Studies from Lawrence University, and a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.

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StateImpact
12:12 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Dollar General Pushing For More Granite State Stores

Discount chain retailers have historically faced resistance in New Hampshire.  But as Kathleen Callahan reports for the New Hampshire Business Review, that’s not stopping Dollar General from drawing up ambitious expansion plans:

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StateImpact
4:49 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Executive Council Mulls Massive Medicaid Contract

The Executive Council is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a new Medicaid contract worth an estimated $2.2 billion–believed to be the largest contract in state history.

But signs from an Executive Council meeting Monday suggest that vote may be pushed back.  And the state may struggle to meet its July 1 deadline.

It’s a huge contract financially, handing over several billion dollars to three managed care companies to run the state’s Medicaid program.  And it’s huge for the some 140,000 New Hampshire residents who rely on Medicaid.

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StateImpact
11:17 am
Tue March 27, 2012

100 Jobs To Return To NH From China

A New England-based manufacturer is moving some of its operations from China to New Hampshire–and bringing 100 new jobs with it.  Watts Water Technologies is building up its facilities in Franklin.  As

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StateImpact
10:24 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Fairpoint Fees Could Go To Customers...Or Back To Fairpoint

Fairpoint Communications customers might get a small sliver cut from their phone bills.  It all depends on an upcoming Public Utilities Commission decision about how, exactly, the company can pay some hefty fees.  As Bob Sanders reports for TheLobbyNH.com, the PUC recently slapped Fairpoint with $2.8

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StateImpact
11:36 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Report: NH Barely Passes On Government Spending Transparency

New Hampshire has a long history of frugality.  And with the current crop of spending hawks in the legislature, that sense of thrift has only intensified.

But you’ll have a hard time if you want to keep tabs on state spending online.

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StateImpact
10:04 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Charting NH's Incredible Shrinking Government

Catherine Idsae

Two hallmarks of Republican legislative leadership these past couple of sessions have been a commitment to small government and the use of deep cuts to state government to bridge budget gaps.

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StateImpact
11:41 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Why Gen Y's (Slowly) Reconsidering Factory Work

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 11:41 am

Recently,

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StateImpact
1:14 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Why A Business Magazine Named SNHU One Of World's Most Innovative Companies

Looking at media rankings of companies–“Most Innovative,” “Fastest-Growing,” or other roundups of various firms–we aren’t often surprised.  Take the magazine Fast Company.  For this month’s issue, they’ve listed “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.”  Dominating the Top 4 are the perennial occupants of the corporate Cool Kids’ Table: Apple,

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StateImpact
11:44 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Thirty Years Of Low Child And Senior Poverty In NH

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 11:44 am

We’re all about cool maps at StateImpact, and we just couldn’t resist sharing this one on the changing face of child and senior poverty over the past 30 years.  Demographer Kenneth Johnson at the Carsey Institute recently crunched some 2010 Census data, and working with a team at

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StateImpact
3:35 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Why One Reporter Says There’s No “Skills Gap” In Manufacturing, After All

Machinist at GE Aviation in Hooksett, NH. Reporter Lila Shapiro says talk of a "skills gap" in manufacturing is overblown.
Photo: Amanda Loder StateImpact-NH

First of all, if you haven’t read

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StateImpact
1:49 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Why Home Care Workers Aren't Guaranteed Minimum Wage

Recently, the Obama Administration announced plans to change Labor Department rules so that home care workers–personal care aides and home health aides–are guaranteed federal minimum wage and overtime pay.

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StateImpact
12:33 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

How Communities Are Reclaiming Vacant Malls

Since the economic collapse, the commercial real estate market has been faced with a glut of vacant buildings. And that chief icon of American consumerism–the shopping mall–hasn't been spared. But that's not to say these massive markets can't be reclaimed. Recently, NHPR's Word of Mouth host Virginia Prescott dished with a New York Times reporter about the rising trend of "repurposing" the American mall.

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StateImpact
12:51 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Seven Takeaways From The Carsey Institute's Report On Raising Wages For Home Care Workers

By far, our most popular post to date is a map we created using federal data on which states offer minimum wage and overtime guarantees to home health workers, and which don't.

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StateImpact
3:03 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Key House Committee Considers Expanded Gambling Bill

The debate over the economic impacts of HB 593 (or "The Casino Bill," if you will) continues. As Kevin Landrigan of the Nashua Telegraph reports, discussion of the bill continued Monday, when the House Ways and Means committee listened to about three hours of public testimony:

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StateImpact
11:32 am
Tue February 14, 2012

How State Budget Cuts Affect Your Property Taxes

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 11:32 am

A new report finds that Granite State communities are leaning more and more heavily on property taxes. Examining data from 2007–2010, the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies found:

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