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Politics

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 also aims to lower the rate of the business enterprise tax – paid on wages, interest and dividends – from 0.75 percent …

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 off on the plan to create a weekend operation fund, which will be used to …

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 the reception it could receive if rolled out nationally. Rhode Island last year began allowing …

More small-style events for Hillary Clinton in second visit to NH since announcing bid for president

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In her second visit to New Hampshire since announcing her presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to visit the Seacoast area Friday for campaign events focused on small businesses. Her campaign says she will visit Smuttynose Brewery in …

State senators dip into renewable energy fund to pay for homeland security

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A week after voting to fully restore the state’s renewable energy fund, Senate budget writers decided yesterday to use some of the fund’s money to bankroll homeland security and emergency management. The Senate Finance Committee voted yesterday to …

Yvonne Dean-Bailey ekes out victory in well-attended special election for state rep

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yvonne Dean-Bailey, the 19-year-old Republican candidate for Rockingham County’s 32nd House district, eked out a victory in her first-ever election yesterday. The former intern for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and former field organizer for former U.S. House candidate …

House bill would cap tax-payer dollars for ex-presidents’ travel

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space and staff …

Clinton urges emails’ release

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton urged the State Department yesterday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to …

In Concord, former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee stresses his, Clinton’s differences

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee – also a former Republican, having since switched parties – is about 95 percent sure he’s going to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. He’s expecting to have a decision on the …

Senate committee restores funding to tourism promotion, higher education in budget plan

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Senate budget writers voted yesterday to restore money for tourism promotion and higher education in their two-year spending plan. “Higher education in New Hampshire continues to be a priority in the Senate, especially because the University System of New Hampshire has some of the highest in-state tuition rates …

Boehner doesn’t defend N.H.’s Rep. Guinta over contributions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner stopped short yesterday of defending embattled Rep. Frank Guinta, saying lawmakers must meet “the highest ethical standards” when asked whether the New Hampshire Republican should remain in Congress. Boehner’s arms-length response was the latest sign from Guinta’s fellow Republicans that they’re not ready to …

Home health care providers plead for more state funding

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Providers of community and home-based health care joined together yesterday to plead for more state money and criticize lawmakers and Gov. Maggie Hassan for what they say is chronic underfunding of their programs. “Our most fragile seniors who have given so much for our country and our community …

Over 370 migrants taken to Indonesia after months at sea

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

More than 370 migrants stranded at sea for months were rescued and taken to Indonesia, officials said yesterday, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore in a growing crisis confronting Southeast Asia. …