Author

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.

Sign in front of the Sununu Youth Services Center

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 […]

Gov. Sununu in a blue shirt speaks behind a lecturn.

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 […]

Exterior of the State House

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 […]

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen speaks at a microphone during a Senate subcommittee meeting

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 […]

A man carries a holstered gun

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 […]

Bible on a table with a crucifix

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 […]

A man picks up a handgun at a gun store

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 […]

stack of 100 dollar bills

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 […]

Masks hanging on a glass store door

AG withdraws business fines related to COVID-19 rule violations

By: - June 23, 2021

The state budget up for a final vote Thursday includes $10,000 to repay the eight businesses fined for violating COVID-19 mask and social-distancing rules. But three never paid because their appeals were pending when the state of emergency ended.  The state Attorney General’s Office withdrew the fines, saying while it still believes the owners’ violations […]

An American flag sticking out of a pile of paper money

The good, the bad, and the ugly of tracking state and federal spending

By: - June 23, 2021

This story was updated June 23, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. with new information. Does the federal government spend more on defense or health care? What percentage of the federal budget has gone to COVID-19 rental assistance? How about energy conservation? The UNH Carsey School of Public Policy just released FedGovSpend, an app that answers those […]

A screen shot from the state Libertarian website

The unraveling of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire

By: - June 22, 2021

The war within the state’s Libertarian Party began months ago, with complaints of milquetoast opposition to government pandemic lockdowns. It played out on Twitter, Facebook, and even on a nationally known podcast. It spurred allegations of data theft and prompted the party chair to secretly register a dueling Libertarian Party with the Secretary of State’s […]

State House dome

Budget includes money to repay businesses fined for violating COVID-19 orders

By: - June 21, 2021

House Republicans got three of the four budget demands they told the Senate were non-negotiable: a ban on teaching about structural racism, a restraint on the governor’s emergency powers, and $10,000 to repay businesses that were fined for violating COVID-19 precaution orders. Their big loss on that list was Gov. Chris Sununu’s family medical leave […]