As the U.S. Supreme court hears two cases concerning same-sex marriage this week, we’ll get reaction from New Hampshire people involved in this issue. Our state is among the nine which allow same-sex couples to marry. We’ll talk with those involved in making this happen and those who believe it was the wrong choice.
After years of dealing with state budget cuts, now UNH President Mark Huddleston is hoping his school will receive more funding. We’ll talk about that as well as pressure on him to keep costs down, in light of burgeoning student. We’ll also cover some major ongoing initiatives at UNH including a focus on sustainability.
Dr. Mark Huddleston - President of the University of New Hampshire
Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to ban super-sized sugary drinks in New York City was thwarted by a judge recently, but he plans to appeal. Its brought up the question, once again, of how much of a role should government play in the fight against obesity. Supporters of this approach say it's such a serious problem that government needs to get involved, but others say these efforts amount to a nanny state and that personal responsibility is the best approach.
Next week on The Exchange, we begin with the question of government’s role in fighting obesity, given the recent challenge to New York City’s super-size-soda ban. Then, we sit down with Mark Huddleston, President of the University of New Hampshire. And on Friday, a new tradition in the making on “The Exchange”, our weekly news roundup where we look at the issues Granite Staters are talking about. E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for the Exchange, every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m....here on NHPR!
Attorney General Michael Delaney announced this week he’s stepping down. Meanwhile, the New Hampshire House has been a hive of activity” with votes in favor of medical marijuana and a higher tobacco tax…while soundly rejecting one casino gambling bill. Will check in with those stories and others that happened in the Granite State this week with a new weekly feature on our show, the New Hampshire News Roundup.
Josh Rogers - NHPR’s State House reporter, Senior Political Reporter and Editor
A recent article in the Concord Monitor outlines the often-hidden but serious problem of this mental illness. An estimated one-in-ten Americans have this disease and have to deal with not only the symptoms, but managing the health care system and the stigma around depression. We’ll look at this issue and how it’s addressed in New Hampshire.
Although the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, it said states could choose whether to expand Medicaid. Supporters say doing so helps low income Americans gain coverage and boosts the economy. Critics warn it’s government overreach and is simply unaffordable. We’ll get New Hampshire’s take on this debate.
In March of 2003, the U.S. began air strikes in what officials said would be a short war. Eight years later, our forces pulled out with a death toll of more than 4000 Americans and 100,000 Iraqis. We’ll talk with Granite Staters who served in Iraq, what they experienced and their reflections a decade later.
A leading expert finds a large drop in these cases and suggests likely factors include improved prevention and treatment programs. But there are several ways to interpret these numbers, and in some cases, they don’t match up with what child advocates see in the courts and elsewhere. We’ll take a new look at this longstanding issue.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a new look at an old problem: preventing child abuse; then, on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, we sit down with Granite State veterans of that conflict and get their outlook on the war a decade after it began; and later, should New Hampshire expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act? We'll talk with lawmakers on both sides of this issue.
Friday on the Exchange, a news roundup. We’ll look at some of the big happenings in the statehouse over the past week. These include votes on arming teachers, increasing the speed limit on I93, and legalizing marijuana. We’ll find out what happened and also get a quick overview of some of the big themes from town meetings this year.
City Councilors in Concord are considering more restrictive laws about panhandling. Local police are seeing an increased amount of people asking for money and some residents are saying the panhandlers can be aggressive in their approach. But not everyone is on board- some suggest that this ordinance could be a violation of their First amendment rights and that the real focus should be getting the poor and homeless employed and back on their feet. We'll look at this debate.
On Thursday, a House Committee with once again look at a bill for a 15 cent increase in New Hampshire's gas tax. Supporters say it's high time, the tax hasn't been raised in more than 2 decades and NH's roads and bridges are in serious need of repair. Opponents however say that this amounts to a 1 billion dollar tax on Granite Staters at a time when the state is recovery slowly from the recession. We'll hear from both sides of this debate.
A new report from the NH Center for Public Policy Studies shows that one of the biggest challenges facing cities and towns in the Granite State is reductions in state aid, while the demand for public services remains high. This is even more amplified during our town meeting season as residents sort out what they can truly afford. But some lawmakers argue that local control means local responsibility for funding these services. We'll explore the arguments around this debate.
Today we sit down with New Hampshire's Health and Human Services Commissioner, Nick Toumpas. After many years of budget cutting, Toumpas may see some funds restored to his budget... from mental health to children in need of services. Also, he's working on figuring put what the Affordable Care Act could mean for his department, with the 2014 deadline of full-implementation looming. We'll talk to him about that and take your calls and emails as well.