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6:05 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

In Budget, Hassan Lays Out Priorities

Legislators and audience members bow their heads for the pledge of allegiance, before the Governor’s address.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The governor’s budget address is the starting point for the months of wrangling and compromises that will eventually determine where the state will spend its money.

In the budget released today Governor Hassan spelled out her priorities in key areas like education, healthcare and infrastructure.

On Education

Restoring cuts to the state’s public universities was a centerpiece of Maggie Hassan’s campaign for governor, and Education was at the center of her speech.

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NH News
5:13 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Hassan Makes Pitch For Raising Cigarette Tax

For Hassan, increasing the cigarette tax is both good for public health and the state's bottom line
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Governor Maggie Hassan is looking to raise New Hampshire’s cigarette tax.  In her state budget address, she pitched a  30-cent increase as good public health policy.

“New Hampshire has the highest youth smoking rate in the Northeast, with 19.8 percent of high school students who smoke cigarettes," Hassan said.  "Cigarette taxes nationwide have proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent youth smoking.”

She also said it will raise $40 million in revenue without compromising cross-border sales.

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NH News
4:57 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Public Safety Gets Funding Boost In Governor's Budget

Hassan cited the State Police as one of her law enforcement funding priorities
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Calling public safety “our most important responsibility,” Governor Maggie Hassan outlined her funding proposals in today’s budget address. 

Comparing public safety to the state’s health care system, Hassan said it had taken “too many hits” in the last budget.  She called on legislators to “reverse course” immediately, in the interest of keeping New Hampshire residents safe.

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NH News
4:34 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Need To Solve N.H.'s Budget Woes? Rep Says Legalize, Tax Marijuana

Credit Photo Credit Katja Rupp, via Flickr Creative Commons

On the same day when Governor Maggie Hassan proposed relying on millions in revenue from a casino to fill budget holes, Representative Steve Vaillancourt says he has an alternative.

Legalize and tax marijuana.

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NH News
3:39 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Hassan Makes Case For Casino In Budget Address

Hassan says a number of her legislative priorities could be funded by casino licensing fees.
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Governor Maggie Hassan used her budget address to propose a new, high-end casino. 

Governor Hassan’s budget banks on this casino generating $80 million in licensing fees.  And she said the state is already dealing with the social costs of gambling allowed in other states, without benefiting from the revenue.

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NH News
2:51 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Governor Hassan Puts New Women's Prison In Her Budget

Goffstown Women's Prison
Cheryl Senter NHPR

Under Governor Hassan’s budget proposal, the state would receive a new women’s prison.


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NH News
10:34 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Gov. Hassan's Full Budget Address

Here's the word cloud from Governor Maggie Hassan's budget address this morning.
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The following is the full text of Governor Maggie Hassan's budget address, as prepared for delivery.

Madam Speaker, Mr. Senate President, Madam Chief Justice, honorable members of the House, Senate and Executive Council, my fellow citizens:

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A Loaded Issue
10:27 am
Thu February 14, 2013

N.H. Congressional Delegation Reacts To Gun Control Measures

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting there’s been an increase in calls for gun control on Capitol Hill.

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A Loaded Issue
6:51 am
Thu February 14, 2013

'Stand Your Ground' Expected To Stay N.H. Law

As the debate over gun policy occupies center stage in Washington, N.H. lawmakers are also considering several bills that relate to guns.

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A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Discussion Question: Do you support President Obama's gun control proposals?

As part of NHPR's news series, A Loaded Issue, we’re asking Granite Staters to weigh in with their thoughts about gun ownership, laws governing guns, and the culture here.

Each day we'll ask a new discussion question and throughout the week we'll read your comments on the air.

Today's Question:  Do you support President Obama’s gun control proposals?  Should there be criminal background checks for all gun sales, a ban on assault weapons and a limit on high-capacity magazines?

Please include your first name and your hometown.

NH News
5:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

State Criminal Justice Officials Discuss Death Penalty Challenges

From left to right: William Wrenn, Tina Nadeau, Phil McLaughlin and Chris Keating.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The UNH School of Law hosted a symposium Wednesday on the death penalty in New Hampshire.


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NH News
4:23 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

House Kills Latest Effort To Make Right-To-Work Law In N.H.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have made right to work the law of the land in New Hampshire.

Union workers broke into raucous applause after Speaker of the House Terrie Norelli announced the tally of votes on the right to work bill brought before the full House on Wednesday.

“The House will be in order," said Norelli, as she slammed her gavel.

The bill was defeated, 212 to 141. The vote fell mostly along party lines.

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LGC Leadership Change
3:41 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

LGC Supporters, Critics React To Carroll's Ouster

Questions remain following Maura Carroll's departure from the LGC
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

It's been just a few days since Maura Carroll announced she would step down as head of the Local Government Center.  Today, there are still questions about her severance package and what the change in leadership could mean for the embattled organization.  StateImpact New Hampshire's Amanda Loder has been covering the twists and turns in the

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Firearms Manufacturing
2:15 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Map: Where N.H.'s Gun Manufacturers Are (And Aren't)

At its Newport plant, Sturm, Ruger manufactures everything from newer assault rifles to old-fashioned revolvers.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Recently, NHPR examined the impact of the firearms industry on the state's economy.  Especially now, with gun sales at historic highs, this subset of New Hampshire's manufacturing industry is benefiting.  Looking at federal firearms manufacturing licenses, we've pinpointed where the state's firearms manufacturers are located.

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NH News
9:26 am
Wed February 13, 2013

For Self Defense Or Because I Can? Open Carry in N.H.

Emily Corwin NHPR

 You need a license to carry a loaded gun either in your car, or concealed on your body, in the state of New Hampshire. To  carry a loaded gun out in the open, you don’t need a license at all. That makes New Hampshire one of 28 states that allow so-called “open carry” to just about anyone, no permit or license needed. As part of our series A Loaded Issue, we visited an  Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms night at Twins Smoke Shop in Hooksett. 

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