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Government efficiency report released

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The fastest way from Manchester to Concord is up Interstate 93, but one state government department asks its employees to take any other route. That’s because on the highway – even if the drive is shorter – workers must pay a toll, and that is an added expense the department prefers to avoid. But in the long run, the attempt to save a few dollars ends up costing the state …

N.H. lawmakers consider bills aimed at reducing electricity costs

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lawmakers are considering two bills aimed at lowering New Hampshire’s electricity costs by making big changes to the state’s renewable energy program, a move supporters say could derail the initiative’s benefits. Both pieces of legislation target the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards, established by the Legislature in 2007 as a way to reduce the state’s use of fossil fuels. The program requires utilities to …

Executive Council approves New Hampshire’s $13 million contract with FairPoint

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Hampshire and FairPoint Communications are back in business. The Executive Council approved a $13 million contract with the phone and data company yesterday, on the condition that company officials would hold a series of forums across the state regarding customer concerns about service. Meanwhile, the company and more than 1,700 unionized workers …

PolitiFact NH: Lawrence Lessig compares the number of fundraisers between Presidents Reagan and Obama

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

‘If you ask how many times did Ronald Reagan attend a fundraiser when he ran for re-election in 1984, the answer is eight times. If you say how many times did Barack Obama attend a fundraiser in 2012, …

Money Trail: On Citizens United anniversary, a look back and glance ahead

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

People upset about money in politics shouldn’t direct all their anger at Citizens United, Lawrence Lessig said. And he’s not just saying that because it’s the ruling’s fifth birthday today. The Harvard law professor and leader of the …

Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Obama unveiled last night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle …

New Hampshire Lottery releases bacon-scented ticket

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lottery ticket buyers in New Hampshire who dream of bringing home the bacon now can smell it, too. The state lottery has released its first scratch-n-sniff “I Heart Bacon” ticket this month, which features a $1,000 grand prize. Lottery Commission Executive Director Charlie McIntyre says players “will think …

N.H. legislators, with backing of outside groups, debate Article V of U.S. Constitution

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This session, New Hampshire legislators might find themselves discussing whether the state should invoke an obscure but hotly debated clause in the U.S. Constitution as a way to prompt broad government reforms. It all comes back to Article …

Cuba lowers expectations on eve of high-level talks with U.S.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A senior Cuban official said yesterday that restoring diplomatic ties with the United States won’t immediately lead to a full relationship between the Cold War foes after a half-century of enmity. The message appeared designed to lower expectations …

N.H. Legislature to consider tripling funds for research and development business tax credit

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Businesses in New Hampshire request as much as $7 million in research and development credits on their state taxes every year, according to one group, but the fund that pays that credit has much less than that available. The Business and Industry Association has asked lawmakers to increase …

U.S. officials in Cuba to discuss embassies

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The first scheduled meeting between U.S. and Cuban officials to re-establish diplomatic relations may not lead immediately to the opening of embassies there and in the United States, a senior State Department official said yesterday. State Department officials …

Money Trail: Rebellion participants hope to keep momentum going at home

Monday, January 19, 2015

As the N.H. Rebellion walkers on the Dixville Notch route make their way into Concord today, they’re already thinking about how they can keep up the momentum and bring back the will for change to their hometowns. Maryl …

5 goals from Obama’s 2014 State of the Union: Yay or Nay?

Monday, January 19, 2015

President Obama used his last State of the Union to declare 2014 a “Year of Action,” and he can claim credit for accomplishing several of the goals he laid out. The smaller ones. That’s because while he was …