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 […]

New law ‘uncouples’ state’s tipped workers from changes to federal minimum wage

BY: - July 27, 2021

Whether congressional lawmakers ever pass an increase to $7.25 federal minimum wage remains an open question. But if it does happen, New Hampshire tipped employees will not see a proportionate wage hike. A bill signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Friday eliminates a provision pegging the state’s minimum wage for tipped employees to 45 percent of […]

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New Hampshire Electric Co-op plans to more than double broadband coverage

BY: - July 23, 2021

The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative announced Thursday that it will be building fiber optic broadband connections to reach 1,500 of its members in Sandwich and Acworth. The cooperative anticipates that these connections will start providing high-speed internet service for homes and businesses in early 2022. The cooperative’s subsidiary, New Hampshire Broadband, will undertake the expansion […]

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Liberty Alliance faces backlash over choice of keynote speaker

BY: - July 19, 2021

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance’s annual dinner Saturday will celebrate legislative victories, award an “activist of the year” – and be keynoted by a New Hampshire businessman who has tweeted racial slurs and that a minor who disagreed on an issue could perform a sexual act on him.  That choice has some in the organization […]

New Hampshire renters need to earn $24 an hour to afford ‘modest’ housing, report shows

BY: - July 16, 2021

New data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition found that a New Hampshire renter would have to earn $24 an hour to afford a modest apartment. That puts New Hampshire 13th highest among states in “housing wage” – how much a renter would have to earn to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to the […]

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Atkinson firm under investigation over dealings with Russia

BY: - July 15, 2021

An Atkinson company, Intertech Corporation, is being investigated by the FBI and federal prosecutors for allegedly providing lab and scientific equipment to Russia’s weapons of mass destruction program, according to a federal search warrant. The court record also alleges the company tried to sneak around federal exporting regulations after contact from the FBI to avoid […]