Annmarie Timmins

Annmarie Timmins

Senior reporter Annmarie Timmins is a New Hampshire native who covered state government, courts, and social justice issues for the Concord Monitor for 25 years. During her time with the Monitor, she won a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism and mental health courts at Harvard for a year. She has taught journalism at the University of New Hampshire and writing at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.

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State drops 12 spots in latest CNBC ‘Top States for Business’ rankings, landing at 37

By: - July 13, 2021

Maybe the just-passed business taxes and that big rainy day fund will help – but those new teaching restrictions on “divisive concepts” probably won’t. According to “America’s Top States for Business” rankings released Tuesday by CNBC, New Hampshire cannot compete with much of the country. In its 13th study since 2007, CNBC dropped the Granite […]

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State’s Bureau of Film and Digital Media is a budget casualty

By: - July 12, 2021

New Hampshire’s best known film credits may be “Jumanji” (1995), shot in Keene, and “On Golden Pond” (1981), made on Squam Lake. But there have been many others, albeit with less commercial success. “Love in Kilnerry,“ shot on the Seacoast in 2019, follows panic among small-town locals after they learn a new chemical in their […]

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As health care workforce shortage persists, employers boost incentives

By: - July 2, 2021

It’s a good time to be looking for a job in health care.  Catholic Medical Center is offering $10,000 signing bonuses to registered nurses with three years of experience. Rockingham County is offering not only signing bonuses to licensed nursing assistants but also tuition and a paycheck while they get their license. State corrections officials […]

Community mental health centers on the precipice of a ‘transformational’ moment

By: - June 30, 2021

This story was updated June 30, 2021 to correct the spelling of Brian Collins’s name. The state’s 10 community mental health centers would be able to expand services significantly and offer statewide mobile crisis response under a contract going before the Executive Council Wednesday. “This is really transformational and something I have not experienced in […]

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Closure plan in works for Sununu Youth Services Center

By: - June 29, 2021

The state Department of Health and Human Services is wasting no time preparing a closure plan for the Sununu Youth Services Center before the March 1, 2023, deadline.  The department has signed a $55,000 contract with Alvarez and Marsal Public Sector Services of Washington, D.C., to write a closure plan and a plan for transitioning […]

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Sununu signs two-year budget into law

By: - June 25, 2021

It’s official.  Gov. Chris Sununu signed the $13.5 billion two-year state budget Friday afternoon, about 24 hours after it reached his desk. The budget and trailer bill cuts taxes on businesses, gives parents expansive education vouchers, and contain two bans: one on abortion at 24 weeks and another on the teaching of systemic oppression and […]

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A deeper look at what did and didn’t make it into the budget

By: and - June 25, 2021

During the hours of debate over the New Hampshire budget Thursday, several flash points took center stage. Democrats were concerned with the 24-week abortion ban added into the budget in late May.  They railed against the package of tax cuts – from the business taxes to the elimination of the interest and dividends tax. And […]

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Shaheen seeks federal help in replacing money for reproductive health care cut from state budget

By: - June 25, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Friday she has asked the secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services to replace money for reproductive health care that lawmakers cut from the state budget they passed Thursday. In a follow-up virtual roundtable with several New Hampshire health care providers, Shaheen said she is also concerned […]

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Legislation on gun background checks approved by lawmakers

By: - June 24, 2021

Over the objection of some gun-rights advocates, all background checks for gun purchases in New Hampshire would be done using the FBI database under legislation headed to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk. The House and Senate have passed two bills that take background checks on handguns away from the state police and give that job to […]

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Bill easing restrictions on churches during state of emergency headed to governor’s desk

By: - June 24, 2021

Churches would be no more restricted than Home Depot and liquor stores during the next state of emergency under a bill that passed the House and Senate Thursday. While churches were not closed during the pandemic, their attendance capacity was limited in the pandemic’s early days. Many businesses were restricted far less. In its initial […]

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House tables ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ bill

By: - June 24, 2021

Local and state law enforcement won’t be prohibited from enforcing Biden administration gun restrictions – at least not immediately. The House voted, 354-19, Thursday to table Senate Bill 154, the so-called “Second Amendment sanctuary” legislation. Deputy Speaker Steven Smith, a Charlestown Republican, argued for the motion to table, saying that with more time lawmakers could […]

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Democrats argue state has more pressing needs than compensating victims of FRM fraud

By: - June 24, 2021

A lot has happened in the decade since the state busted the Financial Resources Mortgage Ponzi scheme that robbed nearly 150 people of $20 million. A state audit faulted the investigations led by state banking and justice officials. One of the key players wrote a book and ran for governor. And the ringleader has lost […]