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Planet Fitness has a gym on Fort Eddy Road in Concord. It has threatened to move its corporate headquarters out of the state. The gyms would not be affected if that happened.

Planet Fitness threatens to move headquarters out of N.H. if tax code changes aren’t made

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A day after gym franchisor Planet Fitness signaled its plan to go public, the company has threatened to move its corporate headquarters out of New Hampshire if the state doesn’t make changes to its tax code. In an effort to keep the company put, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley presented a measure yesterday that exempts certain businesses from paying the …

Bernie Sanders draws a crowd at Concord campaign stop

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Eighty-year-old Marlene Gilman stood for more than a half-hour in a sweltering, cramped room on Main Street in Concord with about a hundred others, waiting for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to emerge. The lack of air conditioning and large crowd certainly wasn’t helping with the heat, but it didn’t matter to the New …

Senate budget writers to vote on spending proposal

Thursday, May 28, 2015

State Senate budget writers are set to vote today on their spending proposal, which restores many of the House-approved cuts to social services and begins a series of reductions in state business tax rates. “We put a lot of good things back into the budget,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Jeanie Forrester, a Meredith Republican. The six-member Senate Finance Committee has spent the …

Rick Santorum announces second White House run

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum launched a 2016 White House bid yesterday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence – and focus on social issues – in a changing …

In return to South Carolina, Clinton accuses GOP of neglecting women, minorities

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused Republicans and business interests yesterday of turning a blind eye to unequal pay and advancement opportunities for working women and said she isn’t “afraid to take them on.” In a folksy address …

Senate budget writers approve business tax reductions

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Business tax rates will begin dropping in 2017 under a plan endorsed yesterday by New Hampshire Senate budget writers. The plan proposes lowering the rate of the business profits tax from 8.5 percent to 8.3 percent in 2017. By 2019, the rate would be at 7.9 percent. It …

State House could be open on weekends starting next summer

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The State House could open its doors to weekend visitors for the first time in roughly two decades starting next summer if a proposal approved by Senate budget writers yesterday becomes law. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously signed …

In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As President Obama pushes for a federal law to get paid leave to care for a new baby or an ailing relative, residents of one of the three states that already provide it sing its praises, hinting at …

Launching campaign, Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Monday, May 25, 2015

For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign today in Burlington, Vt., aims …

Senate budget writers restore many cuts in House plan

Monday, May 25, 2015

With the benefits of more time and money, Senate budget writers are crafting a two-year state spending plan that restores many of the cuts made by their House counterparts in April. The Senate Finance Committee began detailing its budget plan last week and will finalize it this week. …

Setting the stage: N.H. political veterans talk about what it takes to throw a good campaign event

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you’re a presidential candidate looking to make your mark in New Hampshire, the old adage rings true: Location, location, location. There’s no shortage of iconic campaign stops that have produced legendary primary moments over the years, but …

Capital Beat: Bill could open up State House on weekends

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Between Monday and Friday, anyone can wander into the State House to look at the building’s architecture, see the historic legislative chambers, and view more than 200 portraits that hang along the walls. But come weekend the doors …

Ireland backs legalizing gay marriage by a landslide

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Irish voters backed legalizing gay marriage by a landslide, according to electoral figures announced yesterday – a stunning result that illustrates the rapid social change taking place in this traditionally Catholic nation. Figures from Friday’s referendum announced at …