Bill would let school districts divert local tax money to private education

BY: - November 19, 2021

For decades, “public education funding” has carried a simple connotation: money, raised by state and local taxpayers, going to local public schools.  But Rep. Kevin Verville sees that as a flawed definition. And he’s betting that his fellow Republican legislators do, too. “When I hear the term public education, I hear that we are going […]

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$17 million sought for student debt relief, but few eligibility details offered

BY: - November 18, 2021

A $22.5 million request for vaccine rollout and outreach isn’t the only agenda item raising questions ahead of Friday’s Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee meeting. The Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery is asking for $17 million in federal pandemic money for a new student debt relief program but has given the committee no details […]

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Assistance for Granite Staters struggling to afford heating fuel to increase 60 percent this winter  

BY: - November 18, 2021

This story has been updated at 3:35 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2021 to reflect additional federal funding secured by the congressional delegation and to include the dates the program runs for the winter heating season. In light of rising heating costs for the coming winter, assistance for those struggling to afford heating fuel will increase […]

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Uproar over form to report teachers puts state’s Commission for Human Rights in the spotlight

BY: - November 18, 2021

Ahni Malachi doesn’t have time to wade into political disputes. As executive director of the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, Malachi, her staff, and her panel of commissioners field around 200 allegations of discrimination every year – evaluating claims by tenants, employees, and patrons.  “I kind of come in every day and put my […]

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Eversource halts new energy efficiency applications, audits, work in wake of PUC order 

BY: - November 17, 2021

On Wednesday, Eversource told around 40 of the energy efficiency contractors it works with to stop taking new applications for part of the NHSaves program and to halt energy audits, a move the company said it was forced to make after the Public Utilities Commission rejected the triennium energy efficiency plan on Friday. The company’s […]

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O’Neill to step down as director of the Office of the Child Advocate

BY: - November 17, 2021

Moira O’Neill, New Hampshire’s director of the Office of the Child Advocate, will not seek a second term in the role, she announced Wednesday – three years after she started as the watchdog agency’s first director. “This opportunity was the capstone of a career and scholarship,” O’Neill said in a statement, thanking Gov. Chris Sununu […]

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Redistricting committee sends maps to the full House

BY: - November 17, 2021

In a three-hour executive session, the House Special Redistricting Committee voted on all the maps it was tasked with redistricting, including county commissioner, the House of Representatives, and congressional districts. The committee reached bipartisan agreement on five out of the nine county commission maps: Coos, Hillsborough, Sullivan, Belknap, and Grafton. Strafford County elects its county […]

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Safety grades for 13 of state’s hospitals are in, and three received Ds

BY: - November 17, 2021

This story was updated November 17, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. to correct the attribution of a quote. A national nonprofit that grades hospitals on nearly 30 safety measures has given the 13 hospitals it reviewed from New Hampshire passing grades, but three earned Ds. However, those low scores may be due, in part, to a […]

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Federal judge sides with GOP states challenging limits on tax cuts in pandemic relief law

BY: - November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Alabama has ruled in favor of attorneys general in 13 Republican-led states – including New Hampshire – that sued the federal government over a section of a coronavirus relief bill that barred states from using relief money to offset tax cuts. The ruling, which granted a permanent injunction, found […]

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Utilities commission: Liberty cannot recoup Granite Bridge costs from ratepayers

BY: - November 16, 2021

The Public Utilities Commission has rejected Liberty Utilities’ bid to recoup $7.5 million related to Granite Bridge, a pipeline project that never ended up happening. Liberty has 30 days from when the Oct. 29 decision was issued to appeal. The utility’s attempt to recover its costs drew pushback from the consumer advocate, who said the […]

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House committee passes amendment blocking businesses from mandating vaccines

BY: - November 16, 2021

A late amendment that would disallow private businesses from mandating vaccines and expand vaccine exemptions to include natural immunity and philosophical objections passed the House Education Committee Tuesday, 11-8, with the support of one Democrat, Barbara Shaw of Manchester. The vote followed a nearly five-hour public hearing in which most speakers supported the legislation. While […]

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‘Veto Day’ scheduled for Jan. 5 and 6

BY: - November 16, 2021

It won’t be one day, but two, and there won’t be many vetoes to speak of. But after months of delay, New Hampshire’s “Veto Day” finally has a calendar date.  Lawmakers in the House and Senate will be returning Jan. 5 and 6 to take up the seven vetoes issued by Gov. Chris Sununu over […]