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Sununu joins businesses to blast employer vaccine mandate

BY: - November 8, 2021

As New Hampshire joins a multi-state lawsuit against a Biden administration employee vaccine mandate, some state business leaders are arguing the mandate will cause them to lose employees.  At a press conference Monday, a group of business representatives argued the new mandate – which directs businesses with employees of 100 or more to require vaccines […]

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Proposed program would help women and people of color access capital

BY: - November 8, 2021

Proposed legislation would make money available to assist business owners who haven’t historically had access to capital, including women and racially diverse residents of New Hampshire. The $1 million scholarship fund would cover both the borrower fee and the bank fee in the loan process for those who are eligible. The goal is to provide […]

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Supply chain issues are taking a big bite out of school lunch menus

BY: - November 3, 2021

On Oct. 26, the food service director for Governor Wentworth Regional School District hopped on a Zoom call with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The news was disheartening.  The next monthly shipment of staple items from the department would contain only one meat item: pulled pork. The rest of the shipment would consist of canned […]

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Marketing firm talks clicks and impressions, but is it finding success getting people vaccinated?

BY: - November 1, 2021

In mid-October, the Manchester marketing firm awarded nearly $1.3 million by the state to boost New Hampshire’s vaccination numbers sent the state a performance report of the newest social media campaign: Ads had 619,736 “impressions” and 1,231 “clicks” on Facebook and Instagram in the first week.  It’s the same proof-of-success evidence the state Department of […]

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Legislative committee approves use of robotic delivery devices

BY: - October 21, 2021

New Hampshire could be on the path to legalizing and regulating autonomous package carriers, after the House Transportation Committee voted unanimously to recommend a bill to do so. In a 20-0 vote Tuesday, members of the committee recommended a bill that would allow a “personal delivery device” or “mobile carrier” to operate on sidewalks and […]

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Banks rally opposition to IRS reporting proposal

BY: - October 21, 2021

A federal proposal to require banks to file financial reports about U.S. bank accounts to the Internal Revenue Service has attracted sharp criticism from New Hampshire Republicans in recent weeks – with the governor and House speaker arguing it will impinge on privacy and freedom.  But as lawmakers tinker with the idea down in Washington, […]

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Sununu tells executive councilors they can set conditions for sale of Lakes Region Facility

BY: - October 18, 2021

A recent law change requested by Gov. Chris Sununu allows him to bypass the typical review process and sell the 220-acre former Lakes Region prison property in Laconia with just three votes of the Executive Council. But Sununu told councilors they can set any conditions they like on a future buyer. Councilor Joe Kenney, whose […]

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New study links state’s high cost of living to the number of building restrictions

BY: - October 13, 2021

New Hampshire has one of the highest costs of living in the United States and the fourth highest number of building restrictions. A new study from the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy and St. Anselm College’s Center for Ethics in Society says the two are connected.  In a 50-page report published Wednesday, study author […]

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Border to reopen to vaccinated Canadians next month

BY: - October 13, 2021

Vaccinated Canadian tourists will be able to travel across the land border with the United States starting in November, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday. That’s good news for New Hampshire residents and businesses that have been negatively impacted by the closure that started in March 2020. And it follows calls from the […]

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New Hampshire employers face another pandemic hiring challenge: housing

BY: - October 12, 2021

Back in spring, Simbex was looking to expand. The Lebanon-based medical device manufacturer was hoping to grow its workforce from 32 to 46.  The hiring market was brutal; restaurants, main street stores, and businesses were struggling to entice new employees and coax back old ones. But Simbex wasn’t having trouble attracting employees. The real difficulty was […]

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Border closure continues to be a challenge for Indigenous people, businesses, residents

BY: - October 11, 2021

The Canadian border has been open to vaccinated citizens of the United States since early August, but the United States has yet to reciprocate the policy. Instead, each month the Biden administration has extended the closure – as well as the closure of the southern border – to the confusion and dismay of some New […]

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Cut to meals and rooms tax to take effect on Friday

BY: - September 30, 2021

New Hampshire’s meals and rooms tax will decrease 0.5 percent starting Friday, a result of a change in the 2021-2023 budget that brings the rate down to 8.5 percent. As of Oct. 1, those in New Hampshire eating at restaurants and food service establishments, purchasing alcohol at bars, staying at hotels and app-driven accommodations on […]