Josh Rogers

Senior Political Reporter and Editor

Josh has worked at NHPR since 2000 and serves as NHPR’s State House reporter. Before joining the staff, he lived in New York, where he worked for a number of different magazines. Josh’s award winning reporting can be heard locally but also regularly airs on national broadcasts of NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Josh is also a frequent analyst on political talk shows in the state. He grew up in Concord, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Reed College.

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NH News
2:55 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Hassan Says N.H. Needs To Prepare For Cuts

Governor Maggie Hassan says the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester “may very well happen.”

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Politics
9:37 am
Mon February 25, 2013

On The Political Front For February 25

The New Hampshire House votes this week on whether to raise the gas tax for the first time since 1991; considerations over this proposed tax and expanded gambling will affect implementation of the governor's budget.

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NH News
5:05 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Medical Marijuana Bill Heard In House

A proposal to legalize medical marijuana went before a house committee today.  Lead Sponsor, Exeter Democrat Donna Schlachman promoted the plan as one that has profited from experiences -- good and bad -- of medical marijuana laws passed in other states.

"You cannot physician shop, and just start getting multiple prescriptions. You have to be a qualifying patient, and there is very strict definition of what qualifies you for this prescription._

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NH News
3:25 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Gas Tax Hike Headed For House Vote

A bill to increase the gas tax is headed for the floor of the N.H. House with the unanimous backing of the Public Works and Highways Committee, which voted 18-0 to raise N.H.’s gas tax by 15 cents over four years. The plan spreads the increase on diesel fuel over six years to ease the effect on truckers. The plan’s sponsor, Nashua Democrat David Campbell calls it prudent.

"This is not going to be an instant fix, but it’s going to be a lot of pressure in the right direction, and if we don’t do this we in the legislature will be negligent."

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NH News
3:55 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

House Wants Lawsuit Protection For Gun Owners

The N.H. House votes 211-151 to give gun owners immunity if their weapons are stolen and then used in a crime.

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NH News
4:34 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Hassan Gives Casino Bill And Budget A Push

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Governor Hassan began her day before the Senate Ways and Means committee.  She delivered a pro-gambling pitch familiar from her budget address last week -- New Hampshire needs to act to authorize a casino with 5000 slot machines and 150 table games before similar facilities open in Massachusetts.

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NH News
6:05 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

In Budget, Hassan Lays Out Priorities

Legislators and audience members bow their heads for the pledge of allegiance, before the Governor’s address.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The governor’s budget address is the starting point for the months of wrangling and compromises that will eventually determine where the state will spend its money.

In the budget released today Governor Hassan spelled out her priorities in key areas like education, healthcare and infrastructure.

On Education

Restoring cuts to the state’s public universities was a centerpiece of Maggie Hassan’s campaign for governor, and Education was at the center of her speech.

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A Loaded Issue
6:51 am
Thu February 14, 2013

'Stand Your Ground' Expected To Stay N.H. Law

As the debate over gun policy occupies center stage in Washington, N.H. lawmakers are also considering several bills that relate to guns.

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Politics
10:04 am
Mon February 11, 2013

On The Political Front For February 11

Taking a look at how Governor Maggie Hassan handled her first weather-related test in the recent storm and what may be coming up in her budget proposal, being introduced on Thursday; Representative Annie Kuster's tax delinquency troubles.

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NH News
3:51 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Gov. Hassan Urges Drivers To Get Off The Roads

Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan asks for drivers to be off the roads by 7 p.m. Hassan expects residents will exercise caution as blizzard like conditions begin to bear down on New England.

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NH News
4:43 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

House Hears Bill To Ban Prison Privatization

The bill to ban private prisons comes as the state continues to evaluate bids from private contractors for three potential projects: a 1500 bed facility for men; a 200 bed facility for women and a third co-ed prison.

The lead sponsor of the proposed ban, Keene Democrat Tim Robertson, says NH needs to stay far away from letting for profit companies run NH prisons.

"There is no evidence that they can actually save you money and the incentive is for them to get more money out of us by keeping people in longer and in longer and treating them worse."

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NH News
3:59 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Council Approves $3.6m Rail Study

Studying the feasibility of running commuter rail from the Massachusetts border to Nashua, Manchester and Concord has been a fraught topic for the executive council.  Last year, the then all GOP council, narrowly rejected the proposed study, which relies mostly on federal money, as too costly. But with democrats now holding a council majority, the issue got a fresh look.  Governor Maggie Hassan says she hopes studying rail will  answer a key question.

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Politics
9:34 am
Mon February 4, 2013

On The Political Front For February 4

The Local Government Center looks to replace its executive director; a look at bills that are coming down the pipe, including a bill to allow businesses to receive tax credits for donating private and home school scholarship funds, and a repeal of the Voter ID law.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

2nd Amendment Rally Draws Hundreds To Concord

Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

Several hundred gun rights supporters, some carrying rifles and pistols, rallied Thursday outside the State House.

Rally organizers were collecting signatures for a petition telling Governor Hassan and New Hampshire  lawmakers to nullify federal gun control laws.

The petition is blunt: it says N.H. public officials are “duty bound” to declare void all federal gun limits that don’t comport with the constitution. Jerry Delemus organized the rally and leads the Rocheter 9/12 group.

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NH News
3:54 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Senate Votes To Double R&D Tax Credit

The New Hampshire Senate voted unanimously Thursday to double state business tax credits for research and development. The policy, which lifts the total credits available from 1 to 2 million dollars,  is a priority for Governor Maggie Hassan. Republican Senator Bob Odell of Lempster is the measure’s prime sponsor. He told colleagues that doubling the credit is long overdue.

"It sends a strong message that N.H. is committed to helping our businesses succeed, and will encourage those companies and industries already here,  thriving in N.H. to stay here."

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