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Ethan DeWitt

Ethan DeWitt

Ethan DeWitt is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s education reporter. Previously, he worked as the New Hampshire State House reporter for the Concord Monitor, covering the state, the Legislature, and the New Hampshire presidential primary. A Westmoreland native, Ethan started his career as the politics and health care reporter at the Keene Sentinel.

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In blow to state’s Republicans, Supreme Court strikes down voter registration law

By: - July 2, 2021

The New Hampshire Supreme Court struck down a 2017 voter registration law in its entirety Friday, holding that it burdened the constitutional right to vote. Voting 4-0, the court overturned Senate Bill 3, a Republican-backed law that would have required voters to prove their place of domicile by producing a series of documents to election […]

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Schools given option to continue testing for COVID-19

By: - July 1, 2021

When New Hampshire public school students return to classrooms in August and September, one piece of pandemic life might be sticking around: testing.  Granite State schools will have the option to continue testing their students for COVID-19 when they return in the fall, under a voluntary program extending to June 30, 2022. The $20 million, […]

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Council unanimously approves $52.4 million for community mental health centers

By: - June 30, 2021

New Hampshire’s Executive Council gave a green light to a broad expansion of the state’s community mental health centers Wednesday, finalizing a proposal that advocates have called “transformational.” In a unanimous vote, councilors voted to devote $52.4 million in state and federal funds toward building out the 10 centers, which provide mental health services to […]

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Audit demand could delay funding, interrupt care at reproductive health centers

By: - June 30, 2021

A new requirement that Planned Parenthood and other family planning organizations be audited by the Department of Health and Human Services could cause the Executive Council to delay state funding, councilors said Wednesday.  Funding contracts for Planned Parenthood, Equality Health Center in Concord, Lovering Health Center in Greenland, Amoskeag Health in Manchester, and others are […]

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10 members of Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion resign, citing budget language

By: - June 29, 2021

More than half of the members of Gov. Chris Sununu’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion resigned Tuesday, citing the governor’s signature of a budget that regulates public school teaching around structural racism and implicit bias.  In a letter sent to Sununu, 10 members of the council said they would be resigning their positions from […]

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State system for background checks divides gun advocates

By: - June 29, 2021

Five years after May 13, 2016 – the night when two Manchester police officers were shot and injured by an assailant – many of the details leading up to the violence remain unknown. But one thing is clear: The man who fired the shots was not supposed to have a gun. Six weeks before the […]

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State aims to set up $3 million relief program for homeowners

By: - June 28, 2021

New Hampshire is poised to launch a new, $3 million relief program to assist homeowners with mortgage payments and other expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an item before the state’s Executive Council Wednesday, the state’s pandemic relief office has requested to set aside $3 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to […]

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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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$13.5 billion budget and policy bill headed to governor’s desk

By: - June 24, 2021

In the end, the threats of Republican rebellion fizzled.  The New Hampshire Legislature passed a two-year, $13.5 billion budget Thursday, sending a compromise budget to Gov. Chris Sununu and sidestepping concerns from Republican leaders that libertarian-minded members of their party would upend the final deal.  Voting 198-181, the Republican-dominated House voted to advance House Bill […]

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Republican lawmakers brace for budget backlash from House ‘Freedom Caucus’ wing

By: - June 23, 2021

Three months after they were introduced, New Hampshire’s two budget bills – House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 – are almost at the finish line. The amended version of the two bills will come up for a vote in the House and Senate Thursday; Gov. Chris Sununu has indicated he will sign them if […]

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Donor towns, tax cuts, and the elusive education funding solution

By: - June 23, 2021

It was supposed to be the report that would help fix New Hampshire’s unequal education system.  But when the yearlong, $500,000 Commission to Study School Funding released its final findings in December, one item on its recommendations raised eyebrows: the return of the “donor towns.”  For years, the practice of taking excess state property taxes […]

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Bill to encourage affordable housing developments signed by Sununu

By: - June 22, 2021

New Hampshire municipalities will have more tools to encourage affordable housing developments under a new law signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Monday. The law, passed through House Bill 154, allows towns to expand a special tax-break program for developers who build affordable housing.  Currently, municipalities are able to designate certain parts of town to be […]