The minimum wage would go up a dollar to $8.25 an hour next year under a bill approved by the Democratically-controlled House. The measure, which passed 173-118, increases the wage to $9 in 2016, and starting in 2017, ties it to the inflation rate.
Supporters say the move helps the working poor.
Opponents argue increasing the wage will hurt business and reduce employment. The measure faces an uphill fight in the GOP-held Senate.
Right now, New Hampshire doesn’t have its own minimum wage, and relies on the federal rate of $7.25.
Nearly 24 years after the courts first ordered a new facility for female inmates, the New Hampshire House has approved a capital budget with $38 million set aside for a 224-bed women’s prison in Concord.
NHPR’s Emily Corwin tells us how a class action lawsuit is driving lawmakers to act now.
Fiddleheads are the whimsical, tightly coiled spiral of fern sprouts that push their way up from under the layers of winter debris on the forest floor. They are also a regional and seasonal delicacy, once you find them. Reporter Sam Evans-Brown catches up with people who harvest the sprouts to learn why fiddlehead patches are such closely guarded secrets.
Advance directives—sometimes called living wills—let people decide who can make medical decisions for them and what invasive treatments should be avoided at the end of life. Many in the healthcare system say they are vital plans that ensure a patient’s voice is heard, but only 25% of Granite Staters have signed advance directives.
In this series, Health Reporter Todd Bookman digs into why so few people set up advance directives, examines efforts to increase that number, looks at the impact of not having a completed advance directive.
During the 2013 legislative session, state lawmakers intensely debated whether to raise New Hampshire’s gas tax. The current rate hasn’t gone up in nearly 20 years. During the debate, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Transportation repeatedly pointed toward a backlog of more than a billion dollars in maintenance projects and 1600 miles of roads that need to be rebuilt. But New Hampshire is a state historically opposed to raising taxes and lawmakers ultimately decided not to pass a higher rate.
New Hampshire is one of seven court districts where a powerful Mexican drug kingpin faces indictment. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel, was arrested last weekend in Mexico on charges of drug trafficking.
In September 2012, New Hampshire prosecutors announced the arrest of four other high ranking members of the Sinaloa cartel—including a cousin of Guzman—after an international investigation involving FBI undercover agents and the Boston Police Department.
New Hampshire is a gun-friendly state where gun owners face few restrictions. We also have very little gun violence and after the massacre in Newtown we decided to examine our state’s complicated gun culture. The newsroom produced the documentary A Loaded Issue that included a look at our state’s gun laws, the business of manufacturing guns, how parents are prosecuted in accidental shootings, the culture around open carry and the efforts to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law.
New Hampshire is a gun-friendly state where gun owners face few restrictions. We also have very little gun violence and after the massacre in Newtown we decided to examine our state’s complicated gun culture. The newsroom produced a series titled A Loaded Issue that included a look at our state’s gun laws, the business of manufacturing guns, how parents are prosecuted in accidental shootings, the culture around open carry and the efforts to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law.
During the 2013 legislative session New Hampshire grappled with the question of whether to allow the state’s first casino. NHPR followed the debate at the State House but also wanted to better understand the larger implications. We sent a reporter to Washington, Pa. where Millennium Gaming runs a casino. The company hopes to build a casino in New Hampshire. Throughout our coverage we learned how the area has benefited, but also looked into the social costs of gambling.
A group of developmentally disabled New Hampshire residents, along with the agencies that provide services for them, are heading to court later this week. They’re seeking to block the state’s plan to shift management of those services to private, out-of-state entities…a move the state says is necessary to cut costs. As NHPR’s Todd Bookman reports, the fight puts Governor Maggie Hassan, who has a disabled son, in a difficult position.