Gov. Maggie Hassan's office said canceling a planned trade mission to Turkey would cost taxpayers $10,000 and the private businesses that will accompany the governor would lose thousands more.
In a written response to a public-records request by the conservative nonprofit Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, Hassan's chief of staff Pamela Walsh said "non-refundable travel arrangements" had already been paid for when the governor announced a freeze on hiring and out-of-state travel.
The Concord City Council has approved a dramatic Main Street overhaul. Under the plan, Main Street will be converted from four lanes to a modified three-lane set-up. New lighting, wider sidewalks, more benches, and bike racks are also part of the plan.
A big concern for merchants is the loss of downtown parking. Developer and advisory committee member Steve Duprey says in the end, the city is only losing five parking spaces. And the benefits outweigh the risks.
We sit down with George Bald, outgoing Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development. Bald announced he’ll retire in November after serving nearly thirteen years as chief advocate for the state’s economy, promoting business development and overseeing travel and tourism, including the state park system. We’ll talk with him about his tenure.