Just many places across the country, the New Hampshire’s recover from the recession has been slow. Recently, though, many are pointing to signs of an upswing. Housing prices are going up, while foreclosures are going down. Consumer confidence is better than it has been in a while, and unemployment is now at 5.1% - 11th best in the country. But all is not perfect: many in the Granite State worry about high energy costs, the Affordable Care Act’s effect on business, and uneven progress in different regions of the state.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama lamented that women make 77 cents to every dollar a man makes. A new bill in New Hampshire looks to narrow that gap. However, disagreement remains about what’s behind the difference, whether it’s the choices that women make, outright discrimination, or a combination of these and other factors.
We’re looking at the stories of the week, from statehouse debates about keno and marijuana legalization, to the Business and Industry Association’s list of bills it feels are anti-business, to the Republican National Committee’s affirmation of New Hampshire’s first in the nation primary, and a look at conditions that are affecting and reducing New Hampshire’s moose population.
Those hoping for the legalization of marijuana in New Hampshire now say they have momentum on their side, coming from several different directions. First, after years of defeats, supporters saw their first real victory in the Granite State last year when medicinal pot was voted into law. Second, marijuana legalization has now passed in two states, Colorado and Washington. And third, a new legalization bill this year passed the house by a slim margin.
For an hour and five minutes, President Barack Obama addressed the country for his 5th State of the Union address. Obama lauded progress the country has made from decreasing unemployment to smaller deficits. He talked about recent successes of the Affordable Care Act and spoke out about progress that still needs to be made: higher wages for women, and raising the minimum wage. And he showed a little extra swagger saying that if congress won’t go along with his ideas, then President Obama will go at it alone.
A new bill would prohibit gun sales to some with mental illness. Supporters say it’s a common sense public safety measure. But there has been fierce opposition from some gun-rights groups, and from advocates who say the mentally ill are being unfairly singled out and are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violence.
Six years after the collapse of the housing bubble, New Hampshire’s housing market is once again on the rise. But with new regulations making it more difficult to get a loan and rental prices going through the roof, some question whether this new market is just another bubble. Will the government’s new blueprint for sustainable housing hold up in the real world?
We’re looking at the stories of the week, from statehouse debates about gun control and animal cruelty, to the republican nomination for Ray Burton’s Executive Council seat, to continued scrutiny over a state representative’s run-in with some ducks.
The legislature is again considering a repeal of the state’s capital punishment statute. While supporters say that their cause has gained momentum over recent years, others argue that the death penalty still plays an important role in state’s justice system.
You would think that the commissioner of the state’s largest agency has one of the biggest to-do lists of the year, and for Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas, you’re probably right. A new year brings new challenges for Toumpas: with Medicaid, there’s the implementation of its managed care program, as well as the continuing debate over its expansion.
New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner Christopher Clement has long pointed out that when it comes to our infrastructure, we’re not doing too well. Nearly 40% of the state’s roads are considered in poor condition, and almost one hundred and fifty bridges are red listed. Although Clement remains ‘revenue agnostic’ over where the funding comes from, others have a clear idea: raising the gas tax, which hasn’t been raised in New Hampshire in over twenty years. Supporters say this would be the most comprehensive and fair solution.
We talked with African Americans living in northern New England about the civil rights protest that helped change the course of racial history in the US. Fifty years later, Americans are still contemplating the legacy of that day and debating the extent to which Dr. Martin Luther king’s dream of racial equality has been fulfilled.