Outdoor tables at a restaurant

Outdoor dining gets a push for permanence – with a catch

BY: - April 27, 2021

As New Hampshire restaurants and bars gear up for a second summer of COVID-era outdoor dining – from parking lots to city side streets – some state lawmakers are pushing to make the option permanent. A bill moving through the House would allow restaurants to “expand outside wherever an outdoor dining area can be set […]

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Liquor Commission sees $10 million boost in sales during pandemic

BY: - April 26, 2021

New Hampshire liquor profits have stayed strong during the pandemic – so strong that they’ve offset a rise in state Medicaid costs. As the 2021 state fiscal year nears a close, officials at the New Hampshire Liquor Commission expect to take in $151.6 million in revenue between July 2020 and June 2021, about $9.8 million […]

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State prepares for federal funding to boost broadband access

BY: - April 26, 2021

Kara Toms had never worried about having high-speed internet in her Meriden home, but when the pandemic hit, her teenage children suddenly depended on the connection to attend their high school classes. At one point both Toms and her husband were working remotely – she’s a mental health counselor and he’s an engineer – but […]

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Job-search requirement for unemployment to be reinstated

BY: - April 23, 2021

A year after expanding the eligibility and minimum payment of New Hampshire’s unemployment system for the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Chris Sununu is moving to restrain it.  In an announcement Thursday, Sununu said the state would restore the requirement that a person be actively looking for employment in order to qualify for unemployment insurance. That change […]

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State sees boost in tax revenue

BY: - April 20, 2021

This story was updated April 20, 2021 at 4 p.m. While the COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis for many, the state has seen a boost in tax revenue, including for tobacco, business, real estate, and interest and dividends taxes. The exception is rooms and meals, which is down 17 percent from what the […]

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Tourism rebounds even as pandemic persists

BY: - April 20, 2021

By September, Melissa and Nick Kielbania of Ipswich, Massachusetts, needed a vacation. Their three kids were home, attending school remotely, and their jobs – his at a hospital, hers with the post office – felt relentless. They chose New Hampshire because it was the closest state with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions. “Our governor (Republican Charlie […]

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State’s mayors seek restoration of revenue sharing

BY: - April 15, 2021

New Hampshire’s 13 mayors are turning to the Senate for an ambitious ask: a boost in municipal aid in the budget. In a letter sent Wednesday to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Gary Daniels, mayors from Claremont to Rochester urged Senate budget writers to restore revenue sharing to cities and towns – a once-standard budgeting approach […]

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Bill seeks to address shortage of meat-processing facilities

BY: - April 14, 2021

The New Hampshire Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources unanimously passed a bill that would create a study on the shortage of animal slaughter and meat-processing facilities in the state. The study would also look at implementing a meat-inspection program. There are only four USDA facilities in New Hampshire, and no poultry facilities, according […]

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White House pitches infrastructure plan to the states

BY: - April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — In New Hampshire, there are 215 bridges and over 698 miles of highway in poor condition.Florida has been dealt $100 billion in damages over the last decade from extreme weather events. One in 4 Idahoans have no access to broadband internet, and 1 in 2 live in areas with too few licensed child […]