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5:40 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Lawsuits Over State Cuts To Medicaid

Morrissey via / flickr

Attorneys for the state and for ten N.H. hospitals are in federal court this week. The hospitals are suing the state over major cuts in Medicaid they say are impacting medical services for low income patients.

Ten of the state’s largest hospitals say that $130 million in state Medicaid cuts is not only forcing hospitals to cut services to the poor, but they are also illegal. Gordon Macdonald is the hospital’s attorney.

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Campaign 2012
4:28 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Romney And The Economy: Two Ways To Read His NH Victory Speech

A number of media outlets(including the Boston Globe) noted that Mitt Romney's victory speech after the New Hampshire primary felt more like a general election speech than a nomination contest speech.

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Campaign 2012
3:36 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

How NH Counties Voted (Based Economic Demos)

This year, NHPR's GOP primary coverage took on a strong national flavor, broadcasting to listeners all over the country. Among the network's expanded audience were WNYC listeners in, well...NYC.

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Primary 2012
11:20 am
Wed January 11, 2012

For Your Entertainment: Tourism And One Of Primary Night's Most Amusing Tweets

One of our most popular New Hampshire primary posts looked at how much the months-long political circus affects Granite State tourism. (You can read that post here.)

Political tourism is definitely a niche hobby.

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Primary 2012
3:12 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

How Much Does The Primary Actually Help NH Tourism?

In an earlier post, we spent a fair amount of time breaking down the economic impact of New Hampshire primary spending. (You can read that post here.)

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StateImpact
10:30 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Why Candidates Are Spending Less On The NH Primary This Cycle--And What It Could Mean For The Future

There's been a collective notion swirling among New Hampshire politicos and pundits that this year's Republican primary just doesn't stack up to past events. Candidates aren't as anxious to go to town hall meetings and shake hands at nondescript diners. By and large, they're not throwing astronomical sums of cash into unending TV ads. Yes, they're here, touting the importance of the early New England vote.

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Ultimate NH Primary Cheat Sheet
1:56 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

The Ultimate NH Primary Cheat Sheet

After months of political debates, ad buying, and hand-shaking, the New Hampshire Republican primary is finally upon us. And not surprisingly, the latest WMUR Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center shows that the economy/jobs is the top issue for about 60 percent of the state's voters.

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StateImpact
4:27 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Five Essential Trends That Shaped NH's Economy In 2011

With Christmas and Hanukkah wrapped-up, we've officially reached the pre-New Year's lull. This brief respite from the regularly scheduled holiday cheer is when many people take the opportunity to consider their accomplishments and failures over the past year, and resolve to do better in the future. Other people just go to work for a few days and get really, really bored at their desks as they countdown to their next party.

Either way, it's a bit of a restless period, isn't it?

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StateImpact
11:18 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Federal Block Grant to Aid Renovation Project in New Hampshire Town

A New Hampshire developer plans to renovate two mostly-abandoned apartment buildings in Franklin and turn them into affordable housing for working class families. The company, New England Family Housing, plans to buy the 30-unit building for $615,000.

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StateImpact
4:12 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Questions Over I-93 Funding Creates Economic Uncertainty

The state commissioner of transportation warns that if the federal government moves ahead with a plan to cut $40 million of New Hampshire’s yearly highway funds—the completion of I-93 will be placed on hold, indefinitely.  One portion that remains unfinished is exit 3 near Windham.

Many businesses there say the uncertainty of I-93’s future is hurting the local economy.

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Business and Economy
10:30 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Part 3: Which NH Counties Won New Residents–And Lost Old Ones

Conventional wisdom says Portsmouth’s a draw for young professionals thanks to being the home of UNH and a number of innovative tech start-ups
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One of our most popular drop-in series at StateImpact has been our county-by-county glimpses at migration rates.  Our work is based on  a map generated by Jon Bruner of Forbes.  (We still recommend you check it out.)  Using IRS data, Bruner traced where people in every county in the country were moving to–and from–between 2005 and 2009.

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StateImpact
3:00 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

NH Personal Income Growth Double The (Modest) National Average

You could say personal income growth in Q3 was less about the Benjamins than about the Jacksons…
Thomas Hawk / Flickr

Lately, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis has been crunching numbers looking at so called “personal income” growth.  That figure includes all pre-tax income:  wages, salaries, dividends, annuities, Social Security checks…everything.

And for the third quarter of 2011, the growth was rather modest.  In its media release, the Bureau of Economic Analysis noted:

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StateImpact
12:39 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Where This Year’s State Historic And Conservation Grant Money Is Going

Colonial Theatre project in downtown Laconia snagged the biggest grant
photo: Bev Norton / Flickr

Twenty-three conservation and historic preservation projects will be sharing just north of $1 million in state grants courtesy of New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP).  Fourteen historic structures and more than 2,800 acres of land ultimately qualified for funding.

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StateImpact
10:21 am
Fri December 16, 2011

The States With The Best And Worst Wage Laws For Home Health Workers

View the interactive map here.
Source: White House Office of the Press Secretary

President Obama is pushing the US Department of Labor to move forward on a rules change that would raise wages and require overtime pay for home health workers.  According to a

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StateImpact
4:00 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Economics And Politics Clash Over NH Tax Revenue Forecast

Economist Dennis Delay presented this graph to lawmakers as one illustration of New Hampshire’s structural deficit
Dennis Delay / New Hampshire Center For Public Policy Studies

Yesterday, StateImpact liveblogged the Joint Economic Session.  Members of the House and Senate Finance and Ways and Means Committees gathered for hours to hear economists offer projections on where the global, national, and state economies are headed in 2012.

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