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Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s energy and environment reporter. She previously reported on these issues at VTDigger. Amanda grew up in Vermont and is a graduate of Harvard University. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies, with a concentration in creative writing, from Dartmouth College. Her work has also appeared in the LA Review of Books and the Valley News.

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Senate panel discusses voting rights for prisoners, campaign finance, absentee voting

By: - May 10, 2021

On Monday, advocates and lawmakers debated proposals on voting rights for prisoners, reporting contributions to political committees, and procedures around absentee ballots during a hearing before the Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Committee.   House Bill 555 wouldn’t expand voting rights, but it would make it clear that people in penal institutions can vote by […]

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State offering property-tax relief for some homeowners

By: - May 7, 2021

The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration is offering property-tax relief for qualifying low- and moderate-income homeowners. Single people who earn less than $20,000 are eligible to apply. A couple filing jointly can earn up to $40,000 and still qualify for the tax-relief program. Homestead owners who pay state education property tax are also eligible.   […]

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Senator says arguments against law requiring rear-facing car seats for kids under 2 ‘not based in fact’

By: - May 7, 2021

New Hampshire senators are divided over whether to require rear-facing car seats for children under 2 years old. While some are pushing for a study on the issue before making the requirement law, others say national data on the topic has already clearly proven it to be a necessary, life-saving measure for babies and young […]

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Mushroom foragers know how easy it is to make a mistake, and that’s why they’re pushing for licensing

By: - May 6, 2021

Eric Milligan knows a toxic mushroom when he sees one. For the past eight years, he’s cultivated edible mushrooms on his Tamworth farm. And when he’s not farming, he’s out in the woods, foraging wild varieties in the surrounding mountains. On a good year with enough rain, Milligan can bring in up to 700 pounds […]

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Executive Council approves Goldner for utilities commission

By: - May 5, 2021

Daniel Goldner will join the Public Utilities Commission as its newest commissioner after a 4-1 Executive Council vote Wednesday confirming his nomination. Councilor Cinde Warmington opposed the nomination, citing Goldner’s lack of relevant experience and knowledge. Goldner has worked at Texas Instruments, a company that makes semiconductors, for the past 33 years. “When I questioned […]

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Senators urged to prioritize health care, public education in state budget

By: , and - May 4, 2021

This story was updated May 5, 2021 at 8 a.m. Developmental disability advocates, school representatives, health care leaders, and residents took to a public microphone Tuesday to argue for specific priorities in the New Hampshire budget, in a marathon hearing that highlighted broad concerns with the state’s funding models.   During a nine-hour virtual listening session […]

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With budget deadlines looming, local leaders seek clarity on American Rescue Plan money

By: - May 4, 2021

Cities and towns throughout the state are trying to figure out exactly how they can spend money they will receive through the American Rescue Plan that sent $350 billion in emergency relief to state and local governments. The answer to that question has been slow to come, with the mounting pressure of spending and budgeting […]

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Environmental groups oppose ‘divisive concepts’ bill

By: - May 3, 2021

Twelve environmental groups have written a letter to Gov. Chris Sununu opposing a controversial proposal to prohibit “divisive concepts” from being taught in New Hampshire schools. House Bill 544 – which has been included in the state budget – would also restrict state contracts, grants, and training programs. Leaders from environmental organizations say the proposal […]

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How national goals for reducing emissions could affect New Hampshire

By: - April 30, 2021

Last week, President Joe Biden announced a national target of a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030, compared with 2005 levels. By 2050, the goal is to reach net zero. Emissions in New Hampshire have fallen significantly in recent years. The most recent data points to a 37% reduction in emissions since 2005, with some […]

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Officials say Coakley Landfill Group failed to comply with PFAS cleanup

By: - April 28, 2021

This article was updated April 28, 3:29 p.m. to include comments from Eric Spear. The Coakley Landfill Group has failed to comply with the state-mandated cleanup of Berry’s Brook in Greenland, according to state and local elected representatives. House Democratic Leader Renny Cushing of Hampton and Greenland Select Board Chair Steven Smith have both asked […]

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Senate considers bill banning discussions on ‘low carbon fuel standards programs’

By: - April 27, 2021

A proposal before the Senate would prohibit state employees from speaking or gathering information about “low carbon fuel standards programs.” A hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee on Monday focused on the Transportation and Climate Initiative, but concerns have been raised that the language in the bill could be interpreted more broadly […]

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Lawmakers debate proposal to change funding for energy-efficiency programs

By: - April 27, 2021

A proposal to change the funding mechanism for energy-efficiency programs was hotly contested in testimony before lawmakers on Monday. Some who spoke before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee blamed House Bill 351 for the ongoing delay of the 2021-2023 energy-efficiency plan. There has been no decision from the Public Utilities Commission on a […]