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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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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 […]

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State struggling to get rental assistance to those who need it

By: - June 21, 2021

New Hampshire officials are hoping to redirect state employees to help speed up state rental assistance, Gov. Chris Sununu said last week – a key priority as a federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire soon. But the state is still struggling to find people to work in the agencies that help distribute the […]

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Border with Canada to remain closed for at least a month

By: - June 18, 2021

New Hampshire’s border with Canada will be closed for at least another month, a Canadian official said Friday, citing discussions with his U.S. counterparts. “In coordination with the U.S., we are extending restrictions on non-essential international travel and with the United States until July 21st, 2021,” Bill Blair, the Canadian minister of public safety and […]

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Proposal to remove ultrasound requirement from abortion ban legislation rejected

By: - June 16, 2021

Republican House and Senate negotiators declined to remove a proposal requiring ultrasounds before abortions in New Hampshire Wednesday, closing off the likelihood of any changes to a 24-week abortion ban before the Legislature passes the budget. In an amendment presented to a budget negotiation committee Wednesday, Sen. Cindy Rosenwald, a Nashua Democrat, pushed to remove […]

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How many families would use ‘education savings accounts’? It’s hard to say

By: - June 16, 2021

The proposal is closer than ever to reality: “education savings accounts” in New Hampshire. The program would allow parents to withdraw their child from a public school and take the grant money the state provides to that school with them. The money, which would range from $4,000 to $5,000 per year, would be put into […]