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Trench warfare?: What an evenly split New Hampshire House means for legislating

BY: - November 10, 2022

Two years ago, when New Hampshire Republicans took back the state House, the margin of victory appeared slim. Republicans won 213 seats to Democrats’ 187 seats, taking just 53 percent of the chamber.  But this year’s House elections have set a new standard for close elections.  With some races still being counted on Wednesday – […]

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State to distribute $50 million to build 1,472 new rental units, after council approval

BY: - November 3, 2022

New Hampshire will distribute $50 million in federal funds to help develop 1,472 new rental housing units after the Executive Council signed off on a final list of recipients Wednesday. In a unanimous vote, the council approved awards to 30 housing developments across the state. The awards, a part of the state’s “InvestNH” housing program, […]

Republicans voice support for expanding ‘education freedom account’ program

BY: - November 3, 2022

Nearly two years after creating the “education freedom account” program, a growing number of New Hampshire Republicans are looking toward expanding who can access it. During an Oct. 25 Bulletin/NHPR debate, Gov. Chris Sununu said he would support raising income caps on the program. In a Tuesday WMUR debate, he repeated that position. And one […]

$5.2 million sought for infection control upgrades at Hillsborough County Nursing Home

BY: - November 1, 2022

The Hillsborough County Nursing Home could be the second to receive newly available federal money for infection control upgrades, though its $5.2 million request is far less than the $25.2 million given to Sullivan County for its nursing home improvements last month. The Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery will ask the Executive Council […]

Additional $2.5 million in rental relief money not enough to save state program, officials say

BY: - November 1, 2022

New Hampshire will receive an additional $2.5 million in rental assistance funding from the U.S. Treasury, the department announced last week. But state officials say the extra money is not enough to stop the end of the state’s aid program next month.  In an announcement Friday, the Treasury Department revealed that New Hampshire would receive […]

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Delta Dental would begin Medicaid dental benefits for adults under $33.5 million contract

BY: - October 31, 2022

Adults insured by Medicaid may be a step closer to having their dental care covered. On Wednesday, the Executive Council will consider a $33.5 million contract with the Delta Dental Plan of New Hampshire to provide not only oral care but also oral education and transportation to appointments when needed. The company would have until […]

As N.H. voters head to polls next month, gerrymandered state Senate is on the ballot

BY: and - October 25, 2022

This is the second of a two-part series – a collaboration between the Bulletin and NHPR – about redistricting in New Hampshire. Click here to read part one. When New Hampshire voters head to the polls in just a couple of weeks, a good number will find themselves casting their ballot in an entirely new legislative […]

Gerrymandering on the ground: A redrawn Senate District 9 ties together ‘polar opposite’ towns

BY: - October 24, 2022

This is the first of a two-part series – a collaboration between the Bulletin and NHPR – about redistricting in New Hampshire. Coming tomorrow, a look at the new state Senate map and the partisan nature of redistricting. Getting from Bedford to Hinsdale is an ordeal. Just 50 miles apart as the crow flies, the […]

Republican lawmakers explore expanding role of school boards

BY: - October 21, 2022

As New Hampshire lawmakers look ahead to a new slate of education laws next year, some are pushing to give school boards a more central role.  Representatives on the House Education Committee grappled with a bill this month that would require school boards to approve textbooks and classroom content, draft policies allowing parental review of […]

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$50 million awarded to NH Electric Cooperative for broadband buildout

BY: - October 20, 2022

The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative has won a $50 million grant to build out broadband in rural parts of the state. The grant was awarded by the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs as part of $221 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act. An initial estimate from the governor’s […]

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Potential buyer emerges for former Laconia State School property

BY: - October 20, 2022

This story was updated on Oct. 20 at 4:10 p.m. to add a video link of Wednesday’s presentation and on Friday Oct. 21, 2022 with a copy of the plan, the day the state shared it.  After years of failed attempts, the state has identified a buyer who wants to develop the 220-acre former Laconia […]

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Outreach on energy and food assistance approved by Executive Council

BY: - October 19, 2022

The Executive Council approved a request Wednesday from the Department of Health and Human Services to share information with the state’s five Community Action Program agencies so they can contact households about food and fuel assistance ahead of an expensive heating season. The department is now authorized to share names, mailing and e-mail addresses, and […]