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State’s workforce shortage shows no signs of abating

BY: - July 14, 2021

This story was updated July 14, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. to include comments from Gov. Chris Sununu’s office. The early end of generous federal unemployment benefits was supposed to mitigate hiring challenges. It hasn’t, or at least not much. “We’re hiring” signs still hang everywhere, nearly a month after Gov. Chris Sununu ended all unemployment […]

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State drops 12 spots in latest CNBC ‘Top States for Business’ rankings, landing at 37

BY: - July 13, 2021

Maybe the just-passed business taxes and that big rainy day fund will help – but those new teaching restrictions on “divisive concepts” probably won’t. According to “America’s Top States for Business” rankings released Tuesday by CNBC, New Hampshire cannot compete with much of the country. In its 13th study since 2007, CNBC dropped the Granite […]

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Legislation on outdoor dining among bills signed by Sununu

BY: - July 12, 2021

New Hampshire restaurants will be allowed to continue to set up tables in parking lots, side streets, and sidewalks this summer and beyond after Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill cementing certain emergency COVID-19 executive orders into law. Under Senate Bill 155, an omnibus bill, restaurants “may expand into a shared space, such as a […]

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State’s medicinal marijuana industry has stabilized, but barriers to growth remain

BY: - July 9, 2021

The video announcement was framed like a victory address. Standing before a woodpile, Prime Alternative Treatment Center CEO Keenan Blum gave the center’s Facebook followers a breathless update: the New Hampshire medical marijuana dispensary was lowering its prices. Prime had increased its growing capacity, bumped up its offering of cannabis strains, and reduced expenses, Blum […]

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AG withdraws business fines related to COVID-19 rule violations

BY: - June 23, 2021

The state budget up for a final vote Thursday includes $10,000 to repay the eight businesses fined for violating COVID-19 mask and social-distancing rules. But three never paid because their appeals were pending when the state of emergency ended.  The state Attorney General’s Office withdrew the fines, saying while it still believes the owners’ violations […]

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Budget includes money to repay businesses fined for violating COVID-19 orders

BY: - June 21, 2021

House Republicans got three of the four budget demands they told the Senate were non-negotiable: a ban on teaching about structural racism, a restraint on the governor’s emergency powers, and $10,000 to repay businesses that were fined for violating COVID-19 precaution orders. Their big loss on that list was Gov. Chris Sununu’s family medical leave […]

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State unemployment rate falls to 2.5 percent

BY: - June 15, 2021

This story was updated June 15, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. with new information and to correct the unemployment rate. Fewer Granite Staters are collecting state unemployment, according to the Department of Employment Security. But the bigger story comes next week, after federal benefits end and 9,300 out-of-work residents are left with no unemployment assistance. First, […]

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Supporters of bill to help small businesses puzzled by House committee recommendation

BY: - June 2, 2021

Nearly 7,600 of the state’s small businesses received a lifeline when federal “Main Street” pandemic aid arrived last year – but only if they had opened at least nine months before COVID-19 hit. After hearing from some of those excluded business owners earlier this year, the New Hampshire Senate voted, 23-1, in favor of legislation […]

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Liquor Commission poised to become direct shipper of alcohol

BY: - June 1, 2021

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is close to gaining approval to become a direct shipper of alcohol, with the House set to pass legislation that would send the long-held priority to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk.  Senate Bill 14 would permit the commission to register with the New Hampshire Secretary of State as a direct shipper […]

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Survey finds residents pessimistic about long-term economic outlook

BY: - May 24, 2021

Consumer confidence is rebounding in New Hampshire, but pessimism about the trajectory of personal finances is at Great Recession levels, according to a new poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The findings were released Monday and are the latest in the Business and Industry Association’s consumer confidence report.  As with UNH’s other […]

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Early end to federal unemployment benefits pushes some toward brink

BY: - May 24, 2021

This story was updated May 24, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. to clarify that federal unemployment will decline $11.4 million per week after all federal benefits end June 19, 2021.  Gov. Chris Sununu’s decision to end federal unemployment benefits three months early has parents like Sherry Pratt in a panic.  She lost her $60,000-a-year job when […]

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Sununu says extra federal unemployment benefits to end June 19, announces stipend program

BY: - May 18, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday he will end the extra federal unemployment benefits on June 19, including the $300 weekly payment being collected by nearly 35,500 people in the state. He also announced he has set aside $10 million to pay stipends of $500 and $1,000 to people who come off unemployment and get a […]