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Formella, other Republican AGs urge Biden administration to give up on vaccine requirements

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON – More than 20 Republican state attorneys general, including New Hampshire’s John Formella, are threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing.  In a Thursday letter, the 24 AGs pushed the administration to remove the requirement […]

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State receives four bids to market former Lakes Region Facility for redevelopment

BY: - September 10, 2021

The state received four bids by Friday’s deadline to market the 220-acre former Lakes Region Facility for redevelopment. A law change tucked into the state budget will allow Gov. Chris Sununu to bypass the usual internal review process and award a contract himself with just three Executive Council votes. The state Department of Administrative Services […]

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New Hampshire has long had a child care problem, but the pandemic has made it worse

BY: - September 10, 2021

In an analysis earlier this month, the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute largely attributed the state’s labor shortage, which is plaguing businesses big and small, to a child care shortage. Single mom Ianna Zoda of Nashua could have been on the cover. Without child care, Zoda cannot return to her retail job at the Pheasant […]

Renee Tonge stands outside Manchester District Court after using New Hampshire's Emergency Rental Assistance Program to remove $10,000 in overdue rent, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021

Aid agencies ramp up efforts to prevent evictions

BY: - September 9, 2021

The setbacks started with remote learning. Suddenly, Renee Tonge’s daughter was home all the time, and the Manchester resident had to make drastic adjustments to help her. Tonge quit her job to focus on her children. She struggled to find child care for her younger son. She fell behind on rent, month by month, until […]

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Proposed apprenticeship program would launch in four school districts for starters

BY: - September 2, 2021

New Hampshire’s Department of Education is pushing for a new approach to improve the pipeline from high school to industries, starting with four “pilot” school districts.  In a request before the Executive Council this month, the department is seeking approval for a federally funded program that would allow students in Conway, Hinsdale, Laconia, and Manchester […]

Housing market boom prices out middle-income Granite Staters

BY: - August 30, 2021

Late in 2019, Brandon Zalinsky had what seemed to be stability: a manufacturing engineering job in Manchester a year out of college, a partner with her own engineering career, an apartment in the city, and a strong desire to stay in New Hampshire and put down roots. It was time for the next step: a […]

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New Hampshire sued for early end to federal unemployment benefits

BY: - August 27, 2021

This story was updated Aug. 30, 2021 at 8 a.m. to include comments from the governor and state Attorney General’s Office.  New Hampshire is now one of 15 states that have been sued for ending federal unemployment benefits before they expire Sept. 6. Similar lawsuits have seen some success in at least three states, failed […]

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‘It’s definitely not getting better’: The hiring struggle continues for employers

BY: - August 18, 2021

In the current housing crisis, none of New England Family Housing’s 600 rental units across the state should be vacant. But some are and for longer than CEO Kevin Lacasse would like because he can’t find maintenance workers or even subcontractors for quick plumbing and electrical jobs. He blames federal pandemic aid. “With the stimulus […]

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Expanded contract sought for marketing firm to promote vaccination

BY: - August 16, 2021

At Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting, the state Department of Health and Human Services will ask to increase its $434,500 contract with a Manchester marketing firm to $1.3 million to continue promoting COVID-19 vaccination through 2022. Under the expanded contract, GYK Antler will still use social media, radio and television spots, and billboards to try to […]

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Data shows state’s hospitality industry is making gains

BY: - August 11, 2021

New Hampshire’s restaurant and hotel industry appears to be starting to bounce back after a year of depressed profits – at least if state tax data is any indication. A monthly “snapshot” released by the state Department of Administration indicates that revenue from the state’s “meals and rooms” tax soared this past July, when compared […]

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Starting next month, kids under 14 can legally sell lemonade without a permit

BY: - August 9, 2021

There’s a new exemption for young entrepreneurs in New Hampshire: They can sell lemonade without a permit. The exemption applies to other soft drinks, too, as long as they are being sold on family property. House Bill 183 was signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu at the end of July and will go into […]

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Business leaders outline harm caused by border closure

BY: - July 30, 2021

It’s time to open up. That was the message from business and tourism leaders who highlighted the economic and interpersonal harm of the ongoing northern border closure at a roundtable hosted by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Friday. While Canada has announced that it will be reopening its border to vaccinated Americans on Aug. 9, the […]