The head of the state’s Consumer Protections Bureau continues to advocate for changes in state regulations that would give customers more protections when entering oil pre-buy contracts. Rob Stenger, Chairman of the Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire, says while that organization generally supports some changes, they oppose regulations they say would pose undue burden to dealers. When I spoke with Stenger, he began by explaining how the business of pre-buying heating fuel has changed in recent years.
The recent log jam in fuel delivery for some customers of Fred Fuller Oil Company has again led to calls for more regulation of what’s known as pre-buy contracts. Senior Assistant Attorney General and the head of the state’s Consumer Protections Bureau James Boffetti this month cautioned consumers that pre-buy agreements don’t provide adequate protection and said his office continues to advocate for changes in state regulations that would give customers better guarantees.
It’s been two years since Massachusetts’ gaming law took effect, but so far, not a single casino has been licensed or built. The law allows for three regional resort casino licenses and one slots parlor. Casino proposals in the Southeastern part of the state have stalled.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, will once again see funding cuts this year. The program has seen funding drop each year since 2008. Since registration began this season, some 30,000 households in New Hampshire have applied for fuel assistance. Celeste Lovett, fuel assistance program manager at the New Hampshire Office of Energy Planning talked with Morning Edition to explain what the funding reduction could mean for those applicants.
It's a trend that has been ongoing for years, but was accelerated by the recession: women as breadwinners. Kristin Smith is family demographer at the Carsey Institute and a research assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire. She has researched and written extensively about how women's incomes have become the primary source in more households.
Back in 1897, prominent Concord resident and railroad executive Benjamin Kimball built his dream home; a castle on a hillside in Gilford overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. But after several decades of neglect and attempts to restore it, Kimball Castle may now be torn down. Gilford’s Town Administrator, Scott Dunn, talks about the fate of the local landmark.
Concord Monitor Reporter Clay Wirestone has been writing about his experience as a gay parent. He’s authored a series of articles about the process he and his husband have gone through in adopting their 2 year old son. The series has also looked at the history of gay adoption in the Granite State. Clay joins us to talk about the series.
If a casino is built in the state, charities in New Hampshire worry their low-stakes table games and bingo nights just won’t be able to compete. Many hold annual charity gaming events to raise funds, and fear big losses. Annmarie Timmins has been covering the casino debate for the Concord Monitor. She joined Morning Edition to talk about the possible effects to charitable gaming.
Three years after introducing open road tolling at the Hampton toll plaza on Interstate 95, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation is nearly done converting the Hooksett plaza on I93. Bill Boynton, spokesperson for the DOT, joined Morning Edition's Rick Ganley to explain the benefits and what drivers can expect.
Jeffrey Rose is New Hampshire's new Commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. He came to our studios to talk about what's on his to-do list, the experience he brings to the job, what the state gets right- and what could be improved.
In Essex, Vermont there’s a scale replica of a famous baseball park. In fact, there are two. In 2000, Pat O’ Connor had the crazy idea to build a version of Boston’s famed Fenway Park in his backyard. The following year he began to hold Wiffle ball tournaments to raise money for various charities. Later, he built another field next door- Little Wrigley. Fast forward to 2013, and those two fields host dozens of charity tournaments each year, and have helped to raise more than 2 million dollars. And there’s talk of yet another field.
As producers prepare for Maple Weekend, New Hampshire Maple Producers Association Treasurer Howard Pearl tells us what maple syrup and other products mean to the state economy- and how the sap is flowing this year.