In her State of the State Address, Governor Hassan proposed to restore some funding to these alternative public schools, but under certain conditions, including more of a focus on traditionally underserved students. Now educators both within and outside charter schools are looking at what this means…we’ll find out more, and if lawmakers in the House and State Senate agree with the Governor.
Vermont editor Tom Butler says no matter how energy efficient we become, there’s a limit to our consumption, even with renewable green sources. Instead, he says, we must recognize the true costs of our relentless search for resources to power perpetual growth. We’ll look at this idea and others presented in a sweeping new book called Energy.
Congress is in the midst of renewing this giant legislation, after missing its first deadline to do so. And New Hampshire farmers are keeping an eye on this process, they want assurances a final measure won’t just favor big agribusiness, but also, the smaller farms prevalent in our region. We’ll find out the bill might include and what’s at stake for the Granite State.
Yesterday, Governor Maggie Hassan presented her priorities for state spending. It was a long list that included more funding for mental health, higher education, state troopers and a new women’s prison. On the funding side – Hassan proposed a higher tobacco tax and Casino Gambling. But not everyone agrees that the numbers add up. We’ll look at the details and where the budget battles go from here.
As part of NHPR’s series, A Loaded Issue, we take a historical look at our attitudes toward firearms that have shaped our laws then and now. A libertarian streak, along with a rural hunting culture in the Live Free or Die state, has meant few restrictions on firearms. But new arrivals have brought changing attitudes towards guns.
Andy Smith- Director of UNH Survey Center and Associate Professor of Political Science.
It’s the first State of the Union of President Obama's second term, and a major opportunity for him to set the agenda for the next four years…from jobs to reviving the economy. But the President will have to bring Congress along with that agenda and that might not be easy. We’ll listen back to parts of the speech, talk about where there may be agreements and what the major roadblocks might be?
Under RGGI, or the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, power-plants in nine Northeastern states, including New Hampshire, have had to cap carbon emissions for the past four years. Now, RGGI officials want to lower the caps, making utilities tighten up more, but there’s opposition to this in New Hampshire. We look at the arguments and what may happen next!
Grant Bosse - Lead Investigator for the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.
It's another roll of the dice for gambling in the Granite State. This year, there are again proposals to expand gambling here, a perennial debate in our legislature. But the House traditionally opposes these bills, and they’ve never become law. Now, though, supporters feel they’ve finally been dealt a good hang, given Governor Hassan’s stated support for some type of expansion.
Lou D’Allesandro – Democratic state senator from Manchester who has sponsored many gambling proposals.
A roundtable of Granite Staters with ties to Egypt gives us their thoughts about the recent unrest in that country, and its difficult transition to a new government, after popular protests toppled the Mubarak regime two years ago. We’ll also find out what they’re hearing from friends and family in Egypt and hear their hopes and concerns for Egypt’s future.
After years of rancor and stalemate there now appears to be rare bipartisan movement on this issue on Capitol Hill. Still, there is plenty of room for disagreement over such matters as a path to citizenship for those here illegally. We’ll take a look at some of the major issues at stake -- and what may happen nationally and here in New Hampshire.
Statistics without the struggle: In a new book, Dartmouth professor Charles Wheelan explains how to make sense of the proliferation of data in this digital age….a task he calls “fascinating” and even “fun”! Wheelan also points out the pitfalls -- how research can be skewed by biased parties. We’ll study up on the state of statistics.
Asymmetric warfare. It’s defined by a disparity between warring sides, where one is more powerful than the other, and many not involve nations at all, like in the U.S. “War on Terror.” It’s also about using tactics which allow the weaker opponent to get the upper hand, from hijackings to cyber-attacks. We look at this growing type of warfare…and its impact on U.S. foreign and military policy.
At the start of a New Year, some numbers look good -- sales are steadily going up and prices are recovering. But there are also less hopeful signs -- foreclosures remain a stubborn problem and new construction is slow. We’ll take a look at the housing picture here in the Granite State.
Brian Gottlob -Principal of Policon Research, an agency focusing on economic and public policy issues.
Next week on The Exchange, we begin with a look at New Hampshire’s housing market. It's showing some “green shoots” of recovery well before spring with sales on the upswing. Still prices remain flat and new mortgage rules have stirred controversy. Later in the week, a roundtable of Granite Staters with ties to Egypt joins us on the recent unrest in that country, after hopes were so high during the Arab Spring two years ago. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and join us all next week for the Exchange every morning live at 9, and again at 8 pm, here on NHPR!
Since he left politics twelve years ago, former Vice President and Presidential candidate, Al Gore has reinvented himself, becoming a media mogul, author, Nobel Prize winner, leading environmental advocate, and subject of an Oscar Award winning documentary. We’ll talk to Al Gore about what he’s doing now, including what’s behind his new book called The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.