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N.H. "Paycheck Fairness Act" To Become Law

May 14, 2014
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A bill designed to close the wage gap between men and women will become law, after it cleared its final legislative hurdle today.

State Awaits Approval Of Medicaid Expansion Plan

Apr 28, 2014

The state is bumping up against an intended start date for Medicaid expansion sign-ups.

The bi-partisan plan agreed to earlier this year originally called for a two-month early enrollment period beginning May 1st with coverage starting in July, but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hasn’t yet signed off on the package.

Governor Hassan says her administration continues to work closely with federal regulators.

Governor Maggie Hassan is urging Senate lawmakers to increase the state’s minimum wage.

In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, Governor Hassan writes that boosting the rate would accelerate the state’s economic growth.

“Restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage will help our economy by putting more money in the pockets of hard-working people of all ages to spend at businesses across the state,” writes Hassan.

Opponents continue to raise questions about whether a Republican expected to join the race for governor meets the state’s residency requirements.

Gov. Maggie Hassan is visiting a bridge in Berlin, N.H., to talk about the need to strengthen investment in the state's transportation's infrastructure.

She's visiting the Hillside Avenue Bridge on Wednesday. She says the replacement of the bridge is an important project for traffic, safety and commerce in the area. Hassan said the replacement would be accelerated by the transportation funding bill that recently passed the Senate.

The bridge visit is taking place Wednesday afternoon.

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Medicaid expansion is now state law, making some 50,000 poor adults in New Hampshire eligible for federal subsidies under so-called Obamacare.

Governor Maggie Hassan signed the expansion bill at a crowded public ceremony using 18 separate pens -- one for each letter of her full name.

She hailed the new law as a bipartisan proposal that moves the state forward.

“Today we are signing into law the most significant piece of health care legislation that the state of N.H. has seen in decades.”

Gov. Maggie Hassan is going to leads a delegation of New Hampshire businesses on a June trade mission to Turkey.

Last year, New Hampshire companies and manufacturers exported more than $79 million in goods and services to Turkey.

Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, said Turkey is the state's 12th largest trading partner. He said there are increasing opportunities there for New Hampshire businesses, especially in the areas of aerospace and defense, health and medical technologies and construction machinery.

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The Vice President didn’t waste much time doling out praise and thanks, first for Governor Maggie Hassan and N.H.’s hard-won deal to expand Medicaid.

"Thank you for the health care expansion you just passed. Its going to change the lives of an awful lot of people."

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Governor Maggie Hassan says she still wants to see a portion of the state’s roughly $15 million surplus go toward restoring cuts in the two-year budget.

Gov. Maggie Hassan says she expects those eligible for insurance under a Medicaid expansion plan backed by a bipartisan group of State Senators will be covered in July.

The plan to insure as many as 50,000 low income residents by using federal money to pay for private coverage cleared a key committee last week.

The plan is expected to win full approval by lawmakers, but those votes have yet to be scheduled.  

Governor Hassan says she’s optimistic that will happen with enough time for the plan’s two-month enrollment period to begin May 1.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan says she would sign a bill to increase the state’s gas tax by roughly 4 cents this year, should it reach her desk.

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Last week, Governor Maggie Hassan stepped up to the front podium in Representatives Hall and delivered her first State of the State speech.  Hassan addressed her victories and challenges of her first year, and outlined  her hopes for year two:  she underlined a desire for a ‘high end’ casino, stood firm on her stance against legalizing marijuana and tried to reach out to both sides of the aisle to get work done.But bipartisanship hasn’t been always come easy for the governor.

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9:56: Gov. Hassan on raising the gas tax: “We need a modern and solid infrastructure if we’re going to have a 21st century economy.” There has been growing consensus that we need to address infrastructure challenges. On bill proposing gas tax increase tied to CPI: “In its current form, yes, I would sign it.”

9:52: Gov. Hassan on minimum wage: “Feel very strongly” it is the right thing to do to increase it. 

Governor Maggie Hassan's first State of the State Address touched on a wide range of issues, including energy, infrastructure, and  education.

But the biggest news of the speech was a deal to expand the state’s Medicaid program, announced by Senate President Chuck Morse and Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen shortly before the governor's address. 

Below are the most common words used in the Governor's first State of the State Address.

In her State of the State address today, Governor Maggie Hassan called on state lawmakers to restore and increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage.

The state Legislature in 2011 eliminated the state minimum wage and defaulted to the federal wage of $7.25 an hour.

Senator Lou D’Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat, agrees the minimum wage should be raised, but knows the debate will be a long and difficult one.

Listen to the full speech here & scroll down for full speech text:

3:10: Hassan's closing statement: "We must continue to prove the strength of our democracy by working through our challenges together. With vigor, but with constant attention to our shared purpose and vision. Because, for the State of New Hampshire, the best way forward is always through."

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In her state of the state address this afternoon, Hassan’s expected to look back at progress made in her first year in office, and ahead to what she hopes to accomplish. We’ll take stock of how she’s done with some of her top priorities including Medicaid expansion, casino gambling, the state budget and the mental health system.

GUESTS:

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Gov. Maggie Hassan will deliver her first State of the State address Thursday to a joint session of New Hampshire lawmakers.

Hassan ended her first year in office with decent job-approval ratings – 51 percent versus 21 percent who disapprove, according to a recent poll.

She begins her second with a heightened national profile: In December, she was elected vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association, which spent heavily to help her defeat GOP challenger Ovide Lamontagne in 2012.

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With a winter storm looming, Governor Maggie Hassan has postponed her State of the State address until Thursday afternoon.

 

The state of New Hampshire has set up an emergency hotline for Fred Fuller Oil Co. customers who are in imminent danger of running out of home heating oil.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan is urging Congress to renew long-term unemployment benefits that expired for 1,350 out-of-work New Hampshire residents last week.

The Executive Council has confirmed four judges for the circuit court nominated by Governor Maggie Hassan.

The state of New Hampshire has agreed to settle a major class-action lawsuit over its treatment of residents with serious mental illness.

Under the terms of the agreement announced Thursday, the state will spend an additional $30 million on expanding services for the strained mental health system over the next 4 years. 

Five New Hampshire companies will get job training grants totaling roughly $72,000.

Governor Maggie Hassan announced the awards this morning.

Phase 2 Medical Manufacturing of Rochester will use a grant of approximately $32,000 to train 67 employees.

And Relyco Sales Incorporated in Dover is receiving $25,700, which will be used to train 17 employees in sales.

D.D. Bean & Sons Company of Jaffrey, Collins Home Innovation Corporation and New Hampshire Auto Dealers Services Incorporated are also receiving grants.

Each company matches the grant.

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The State Senate couldn’t pass the plan favored by GOP leaders, and then rejected a plan embraced by Democrats on party lines. Ultimately, the Senate adopted a second GOP proposal, before laying it on the table. Two hours later it rejected a Medicaid bill passed by Democrats in the N.H. House.

John Reagan is a Republican from Deerfield:

"I can contend with combinations of vagaries and certainties, but my friends to be steered and rushed is an invitation leading to rueful decisions."

Gov. Maggie Hassan has spent the last several days taking her push to expand Medicaid out side of Concord, and into the districts of GOP Senators.

Speaking at SNHU, in the home district of Republican David Boutin, Hassan said the GOP needs to bend.

"Every time we put forward a compromise, we are told that it’s no good, it’s still their original plan."

Back at the statehouse, Senate President Chuck Morse insisted that’s not true.

"We are open to suggestions.'

Governor Hassan stumped for expansion in Plymouth. That’s the home district of Republican Jeanie Forrester, the senate’s new finance chair.

Last week Hassan visited Hampton, a town represented by Republican Senator Nancy Stiles. And on Saturday night, speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser, Hassan told the crowd of 1000 that the Medicaid proposal backed by senate Republicans simply won’t work.

“The bad deal that the Senate Republicans are offering will hurt our citizens and our state more than no deal at all.”

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Governor Maggie Hassan spoke at a Veterans Day ceremony at the State House this morning.

She says the day is a time for ordinary citizens to show the respect and admiration they have for those who have served.

“I don’t know that we can ever really do anything that matches the commitment and sacrifices that you have all made, but today is one of the ways we try to do that.”

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Ethan Wallace, head down, decisively storms out the backdoor of his group home in Plymouth. He checks on the garden, the shed, and then climbs onto some boulders edging the property.

“One thing about a guy like Ethan,” says Stuart Wallace, “he’s very healthy and very active. And with Ethan, there is no such thing as sitting still and relaxing.”

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