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4:18 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Report Examines Rising Health Insurance Costs In N.H.

A new report from the New Hampshire Insurance Department says that heath insurance rates are on the rise in the state. The “Medical Cost Drivers Report” finds that health insurance premiums jumped 3.8%  in 2011.

The data also shows that insurance companies saw a near 3% increase in profits.

Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny says that rising co-pays and deductibles mean the insured are less able to rely on their health plans to cover medical bills.

There’s only so much cost sharing that someone can bear, and still call it insurance.

NH News
3:10 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Navy Considers Closing Portsmouth Shipyard One Day Per Week

Paul O'Connor, President of Metal Trades Council
Credit Roger Wood

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard may be forced to close down completely one day a week, under federal budget sequestration.

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NH News
5:30 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Budget Hearings Kick Off In Concord

Interested members of the public filling the seats in the State House
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The New Hampshire House Finance Committee held its first public hearing on the budget Thursday night at the State House. And several members of the public spoke out in defense of state-funded programs ranging from legal assistance to mental health.


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NH News
4:46 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Senate Votes To Table Minimum Wage Bill

The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to table a plan to reinstate a state minimum wage at the same level as the federal wage of $7.25.

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NH News
4:22 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

House Panel Backs Medical Marijuana 14-1

A bill to legalize medical marijuana has cleared a committee of the New Hampshire House on a 14-1 vote. And the final version of the bill was rewritten with an eye towards placating the state’s Medical Society.

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NH News
5:21 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

House Committee OKs Repealing Next Phase Of Voter ID Law

An effort to repeal the next phase of the state's voter ID law is moving onto the full House with a favorable recommendation to pass.

The action taken by the House Election Law committee this week takes a middle-ground approach on the state’s voter ID law.

The committee voted 11-7 to recommend passage of the bill that would roll back the next phase of the law set to take effect in September.

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History
4:03 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

234 Years Later, Committee Passes Bill To Emancipate 14 Slaves

Credit Broadside quoting Marquis de Lafayette, issued 1800-1899 / Rare Books Collection, Boston Public Library, Flickr Creative Commons

Back in 1779, 20 slaves made the case for their freedom before the New Hampshire General Court.  After noting it wasn’t the right time, the body postponed the decision “to a more convenient opportunity.” 

Lawmakers never took that opportunity, and 14 of the petitioners died as slaves. 

But on Wednesday, a Senate committee unanimously passed the bill.  

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NH News
1:17 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

House Votes To Restore Lawyers In Child Abuse Cases

Parents accused of abuse or neglect of a child could again be appointed attorneys. At the State House Wednesday, a bill to restore legal representation passed the House unanimously.

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NH News
12:16 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Executive Council Confirms DRED And Banking Commissioners

The Executive Council has confirmed Governor Hassan’s appointees for the commissioner of both the Banking Department and the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

The council voted unanimously to confirm Jeff Rose as DRED Commissioner and Glenn Perlow as Banking Commissioner.

Rose, a Republican, held positions in both the public and private sector, most recently as head of communications for BAE Systems in Nashua. Perlow is moving up from the number two spot in the Banking Department.

NH News
9:14 am
Wed March 6, 2013

State Troopers Association Criticizes O'Brien's Position On Gas Tax

The New Hampshire State Troopers Association criticized former Speaker Bill O’Brien for proposing additional revenue raised by increasing the gas tax be used only for infrastructure.

In a statement released Wednesday morning, the association says the state constitution allows for funding the supervision of traffic on state highways through the gas tax.

“It is extremely unfortunate to see Representative Bill O’Brien and his colleagues continuing to undermine the safety of our communities,” the association says.

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NH News
4:38 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

House Readies For Charged Vote On Gas Tax

As the NH house readies to vote on a 15 cent increase to the state’s gas tax, Former house speaker Bill O’Brien is pushing to ensure all gas tax money pays for infrastructure.  

Former House speaker Bill O’Brien knows something about diverting gas tax revenue to pay for things other than roads. The state budget he passed as speaker did just that, as so have pretty much every state budget in memory.

But now, as the House stands ready to increase gas taxes for the first time since 1991, O'Brien says it’s time for the practice to stop.

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NH News
2:50 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Unemployment In N.H. Ticks Up To 5.8%

The unemployment rate in New Hampshire rose a tenth of a point to 5.8% in January. More than 43,000 Granite Staters remain out of work.

But Annette Nielsen, an economist with NH Employment Security, says the trend for the state is heading in the right direction.

Nielsen: “The economy is growing...we are adding jobs, so people are not discouraged. They are actually encouraged by that activity so that they are joining in bigger numbers, and attempting to find employment.”

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NH News
1:43 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Faculty Seek To Unionize At Plymouth State University

A Plymouth State University faculty group wants its 174 full-time, tenure track professors to be able to form a union.

The State Employee’s Association (SEA) filed on behalf of the faculty Monday to hold an election with the New Hampshire Public Employees Labor Relations Board.

Eligible members would vote to join the SEA later this spring. More than fifty percent approval is needed to pass.

Supporters of the union, like Associate Professor Scott Coykendall, say that it will improve communication with current and future university administrations.

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NH News
10:07 am
Tue March 5, 2013

New England Fishermen Say Federal Policies Continue To Hamper Industry

New Hampshire fishermen say the federal government’s most recent fishery management policy continues to push them out of business.

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NH News
12:20 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

ExxonMobil Begins Its Defense In MTBE Case

Lawyers for ExxonMobil begin presenting their defense against the state of New Hampshire's claims that the oil giant should pay hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up groundwater contamination from the gasoline additive MTBE.

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