StateImpact NH

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StateImpact Reporters Amanda Loder and Emily Corwin travel the state to report on how business and economic issues affect you. Read reports and listen to her on NPR member stations.

StateImpact New Hampshire is a collaboration of New Hampshire Public Radio and NPR.



1:25 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Liveblog: Joint Economic Session

10:30 am
Mon December 12, 2011

How Defense Cuts Hurt New England Lobstermen–And Maybe Even Lowered Lobster Prices

Defense spending comes to states in many forms…including lobster.
Tup Wanders Flickr

Late last week, we posted a cool infographic, courtesy of the journalists at Stateline, taking a look at the percentage of each state’s GDP that’s made up by federal spending.  The group then subdivided federal spending into defense-related spending and everything else.

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12:47 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Liveblog: Next-Generation Matters, A Forum On The Future

10:28 am
Thu December 8, 2011

How Defense And Other Federal Spending In NH Stacks Up To The Rest Of The Country

Carla Uriona, Sarah Emmons, and Liz Gross Stateline

Yesterday, we showed you a cool infographic created by a team of reporters at Stateline detailing, state-by-state, how a European recession could affect the US export economy.  Although New Hampshire wasn’t among the “highest risk” states, it ranked as “high risk.”  (You can check out that post here.)

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2:13 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

How A European Recession Could Hurt Key Export States–Including NH

How much could a Eurozone recession hurt New Hampshire? We explain after the jump
Dennis Skley Flickr

Recently, Wells Fargo Securities released a short report offering a state-by-state look at the places that could be hardest-hit by a potential European recession.  Since New Hampshire has carved out a healthy niche for itself in the high-tech components export market, we thought this report might be of interest to our StateImpact readers.

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11:00 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Losing The Lotto: Comparing NH’s Lotto Prizes To Massachusetts

Amanda Loder, StateImpact/NHPR

Recently, we told you about a gas station in the border town of Methuen, Massachusetts.  According to Massachusetts State Lottery Executive Director Paul Sternburg, it’s on track to do $13 million this year in lottery revenues.  When we spoke with Ted’s Mobil owner Tony Amico, he estimated at least half his customers are from New Hampshire.  And StateImpact’s unscientific survey of license plates in the gas station parking lot bore t

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2:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

New Hampshire Primary Spending Way Down Among Republican Candidates

Gliko, via Flickr/Creative Commons


If it feels like maybe Republican presidential candidates aren’t spending as much in New Hampshire as they did in the run-up to the 2008 primary, you’re onto something. Bob Sanders of the New Hampshire Business Review dug into campaign expenditures thus far, and found:

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10:30 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Part 2: Which NH Counties Won New Residents–And Lost Old Ones

Generation Bass, via Flickr/Creative Commons

We’ve been thinking a bit more about demographics lately, in light of the New England Economic Partnership’s recent Economic Forecast conference.  The region faces a number of population problems.  At the risk of oversimplification, here are the main issues:

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11:58 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Leading Republicans Against Right-To-Work Can Keep Their Posts After All

Right-to-Work legislation has proved controversial in the Granite State–as have Speaker O’Brien’s attempts to overturn the governor’s veto.
Protect NH Families Flickr / Creative Commons

Yesterday, we linked to a story on following-up on House Speaker William O’Brien’s latest attempt to overturn the governor’s veto of Right-to-Work legislation.

A number of Republicans joined Democrats in opposition to the override during Wednesday’s vote.

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2:05 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Q&A: State’s New Transportation Commissioner Battles Budget Cuts

DOT Commissioner Chris Clement surveying storm damage

I recently spoke with newly confirmed commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Christopher Clement, about the current budget constraints at the DOT and also his plan on how to finish the $800 million expansion of Interstate 93 without federal dollars.

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12:12 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Transportation Cuts May Deny Some N.H. Towns The Road To Prosperity

Rachel Gotbaum, NHPR

The road back from the recession for some towns in New Hampshire could be slowed due to deep budget cuts affecting highway expansion and bridge maintenance.

The state Department of Transportation is grappling with budget cuts of $30 million in motor vehicle fees and a likely $40 million cut in federal highway funds each year.

“Our $140 million 10-year plan is now a $100 million plan,” says Transportation Commissioner Christopher Clement. “The document is a lot slimmer than it was five years ago.”

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1:44 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Six Surprising Takeaways From The 2012 NH Business Outlook Survey

Granite State businesses were invited to gaze into a crystal ball and predict the area’s economic future in the coming yea
Melanie Cook Flickr

Every year, New Hampshire’s Business and Industry Association commissions a survey of the state’s firms.  The idea is to get the pulse of how businesses think the next year will go.  Do they think economic conditions, hiring, revenues, and capital spending will increase, decrease, or remain the same over the next year?

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4:18 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Thanks To Pre-Holiday Price Hikes, Some Cyber Monday “Deals” Aren’t Really Bargains At All

NH creator of shopping app tracks Cyber Monday CONCORD, N.H.

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1:38 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

How Big Banks (Some With NH Branches) Benefitted From Secret Fed Loan Program

Bloomberg reporters followed the money…and found a massive, secret loan program.
Keith Ramsey Flickr

Yesterday, Bloomberg released a stunning report about a massive, secret bank loan program run by the Fed.  The story is the culmination of a two-year-old Freedom of Information request Bloomberg made to the central bank that was fought out in federal court.  What the news organization won the right to see was thousands of pages of data about which banks got below-market-rate Fed loans, how mu

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9:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Buy Local Movement Set For “Plaid Friday”

New Hampshire's "Buy Local" campaigns want shoppers to show up in plaid--and not try to get in at 5 am
Tammy Green Flickr

Today, the “Buy Local” types–those signature Main Street merchants who sometimes struggle to strike a balance between carrying unique, if occasionally under-sold items, and high-demand products that big box stores can push for lower prices–are finally embracing Black Friday.  Sort of.  More accurately, they’re embracing the date itself as a marketing opportunity for holiday shoppers who would rather skip scouring crowded big box stores for deeply-discounted goods.

They’re calling it “Plaid Friday.”  And it’s taking place throughout New Hampshire.

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