While government programs like mental health services were being cut over the last five years, one program has seen increased funding throughout the recession: services for people with developmental disabilities. In particular, the state’s Bureau of Developmental Services has been investing in services that help people with developmental disabilities find work.
The plan includes more than 100 policy recommendations covering nine areas believed to be essential to the state’s economy. The recommendations include some classic BIA issues, like streamlining access to the Research and Development tax credit and increasing STEM education. But there’s also a recommendation to emphasize arts, culture and history in schools.
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.”
After citing the latest unemployment statistics, many media reports add a note about the number not including “discouraged workers.” Those are people who gave up after months of unemployment. But there is another, much smaller group of people who have decided to make their own jobs, by starting a business.
New Hampshire retailers are expecting their holiday sales to be up four percent, slightly higher than what's expected nationally. The Retail Merchants Association of New Hampshire says 73 percent of those businesses surveyed are anticipating their 2013 holiday sales will be the same or better than last year.
Portsmouth police say they've made a ninth arrest in connection with a months-long heroin ring investigation. The ninth suspect--21-year old Chelsea Glover of Milton--was arrested Friday night on charges of selling heroin. She was being held on $5,000 bail. Seven other people have been charged with felony-level drug offenses. One was charged with misdemeanor trespassing.
The Coast Guard says salvage operations are continuing following the sinking of a barge off Portsmouth Harbor. Officials say on one was hurt when the 40-foot work barge equipped with a crane began taking on water Saturday east of the harbor. The only person board, the barge operator, was able to escape. It was unclear why the barge began taking on water. The Coast Guard said Sunday that divers confirmed that all fuel tanks were intact.
Young women in Northern New Hampshire are more likely to suffer from depression, than their counterparts nationally, while young men are prone to substance abuse, says Sociology professor Karen Van Gundy, a fellow at UNH's Carsey Institute. Young adults in general are four times more likely to suffer from both problems than their rural counterparts nationwide.
Van Gundy says the causes of increased rates of depression and substance abuse are uncertain. But she believes it may have to do with stress from economic pressures: