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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NH News
5:13 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Hassan Makes Pitch For Raising Cigarette Tax

For Hassan, increasing the cigarette tax is both good for public health and the state's bottom line
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Governor Maggie Hassan is looking to raise New Hampshire’s cigarette tax.  In her state budget address, she pitched a  30-cent increase as good public health policy.

“New Hampshire has the highest youth smoking rate in the Northeast, with 19.8 percent of high school students who smoke cigarettes," Hassan said.  "Cigarette taxes nationwide have proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent youth smoking.”

She also said it will raise $40 million in revenue without compromising cross-border sales.

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NH News
4:57 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Public Safety Gets Funding Boost In Governor's Budget

Hassan cited the State Police as one of her law enforcement funding priorities
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Calling public safety “our most important responsibility,” Governor Maggie Hassan outlined her funding proposals in today’s budget address. 

Comparing public safety to the state’s health care system, Hassan said it had taken “too many hits” in the last budget.  She called on legislators to “reverse course” immediately, in the interest of keeping New Hampshire residents safe.

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NH News
3:39 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Hassan Makes Case For Casino In Budget Address

Hassan says a number of her legislative priorities could be funded by casino licensing fees.
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Governor Maggie Hassan used her budget address to propose a new, high-end casino. 

Governor Hassan’s budget banks on this casino generating $80 million in licensing fees.  And she said the state is already dealing with the social costs of gambling allowed in other states, without benefiting from the revenue.

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LGC Leadership Change
3:41 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

LGC Supporters, Critics React To Carroll's Ouster

Questions remain following Maura Carroll's departure from the LGC
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It's been just a few days since Maura Carroll announced she would step down as head of the Local Government Center.  Today, there are still questions about her severance package and what the change in leadership could mean for the embattled organization.  StateImpact New Hampshire's Amanda Loder has been covering the twists and turns in the

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Firearms Manufacturing
2:15 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Map: Where N.H.'s Gun Manufacturers Are (And Aren't)

At its Newport plant, Sturm, Ruger manufactures everything from newer assault rifles to old-fashioned revolvers.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Recently, NHPR examined the impact of the firearms industry on the state's economy.  Especially now, with gun sales at historic highs, this subset of New Hampshire's manufacturing industry is benefiting.  Looking at federal firearms manufacturing licenses, we've pinpointed where the state's firearms manufacturers are located.

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A Loaded Issue
7:20 am
Mon February 11, 2013

N.H. Benefits From Firearms Boom

Workers cast firearms parts at Sturm, Ruger's Newport foundry
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As federal lawmakers grapple with tighter gun control laws, business is good for the firearms industry.Across the country, gun dealers can’t keep them on the shelves, and manufacturers can’t keep up with demand. But how do these trends affect New Hampshire's economy?

A look at the impact of the firearms industry on the Granite State's economy

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NH News
6:35 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

LGC Executive Director Steps Down

The Local Government Center will see an immediate change in leadership
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After about four years as head of the Local Government Center, Executive Director Maura Carroll is stepping down. 

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Politics
7:30 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Governor, Legislature Prepare To Hammer Out Budget

During her campaign, Governor Maggie Hassan ran on restoring at least some of the money cut during the last round of budget writing.
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With a new governor, a divided statehouse, and continued uncertainty over federal spending, New Hampshire lawmakers are preparing to hammer out a budget.  It’s never a particularly easy process.  But hopes are high at the statehouse that this session, the inevitable fiscal fights will be more muted.

In her inaugural address earlier this month, Democratic governor Maggie Hassan struck a bipartisan tone about the state’s finances.

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Holiday Shopping
7:30 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Furniture Store Sees Success In Selling Prisoner-Made Goods

Tim Barry taught himself to paint in prison. Now, like many inmates, he sells his work at Grevior Furniture in Franklin.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

With Christmas a week away, shoppers are crowding into malls, outlets, and downtown shopping districts looking for last-minute gifts.  But, for those looking for unusual handmade gifts, there’s another, unorthodox, option available.

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LGC Order
6:00 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

12 Towns Push For Share Of $52 Million LGC Order

The LGC disputes the 12 towns' interpretation of last summer's order
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A group of New Hampshire towns have banded together to demand the Local Government Center return a chunk of their insurance premiums.  Last summer, a hearing officer ruled that for years, the LGC had overcharged communities for its health insurance program.  And the LGC was ordered to return more than $52 million to members

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Voter ID Cost
7:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

State Begins Tabulating Cost Of Voter ID Law

Long after voters cast their ballots, the state will be adding up the costs of the Voter ID law
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The Secretary of State’s Office says the first Election Day under the new Voter ID law was a low-cost success story.  But over the next few months, those costs will rise.

But how much money the state will have to pay to implement and enforce the Voter ID law is still an open question. 

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Utilities Commission Report
7:01 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Snowtober Report Praises Unitil Response, Criticizes PSNH

During Snowtober, branches and power lines fell under the weight of wet, heavy snow
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A new report from the state's Public Utilities Commission finds PSNH failed to properly prepare for last year’s October snowstorm.  Meanwhile, Unitil was able to effectively restore power to customers following Snowtober. 

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Grafton Wind Project
6:44 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Newfound Lake Group Opposes Grafton Wind Project

A Newfound Lake group has come out in opposition to the proposed wind farm
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The Newfound Lake Region Association is adding its voice to those opposing a new wind farm. As proposed, the Wild Meadows Wind Power Project would include 37 turbines spaced out over six-thousand acres leased in Alexandria, Danbury, and Grafton.  At the blades’ peak, the towers would be 400-feet tall. 

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Fiscal Cliff
7:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Lame Duck Congress Set To Negotiate Fiscal Cliff

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Today , New Hampshire’s lame duck congressmen are back in Washington.  Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta will join their Republican colleagues in negotiating with President Obama and the Senate to ward off the fiscal cliff. 

That’s when the payroll tax cut and Bush-era tax cuts expire and sequestration hits--simultaneously--in January.  And while Second District Congressman Charlie Bass lost his seat, the pressure’s on for the lame-duck Congress to find a compromise.  But Bass says there’s not nearly enough time to reach a “Grand Bargain.”

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Consumer Protection
4:32 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

A.G. Fraud Unit Proposal Stalls Again

The creation of a new fraud unit at the state Attorney General’s office has stalled again.  Thursday, the Legislative Fiscal Committee voted to table a request to approve funding for it. 

The governor and Executive Council have approved the unit, which would be funded by the state’s mortgage settlement with big banks.  But the Republican-dominated committee has resisted allocating money to it, saying it would ultimately add staff to the government payroll.  But the AG’s Consumer Protection Bureau Chief James Boffetti says a fraud unit is needed.

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