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Hassan signs bill to study commuter rail funding

Monday, June 29, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that could help pave the way for public-private funding of commuter rail. Efforts to bring commuter rail from Boston up to Nashua and Manchester hit a snag this year when lawmakers chose not to include $4 million in the capital budget to further study the proposal. Project supporters hope to continue exploring other funding options, including public-private partnerships. Several Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation …

In picking presidents, New Hampshire forgoes producing them

Monday, June 29, 2015

When it comes to presidents, New Hampshire is much better at picking them than producing them. While the 14th president, Franklin Pierce, was a New Hampshire native, no one else has come close in the 100 years since the state began holding statewide presidential primary elections. And that just might be the price …

Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration’s attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators. The justices split 5-4 along ideological lines to rule that the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly take costs into account …

N.H. lawmakers locked in stalemate now must come together for short-term deal

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Lawmakers locked in a stalemate over the state budget are now finding another area of disagreement: how to fund the state on a short-term basis while they work out their differences. The Republican-controlled House and Senate will vote …

Bush, Trump lead new Suffolk University poll

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Some good news for Donald Trump, out of the latest Suffolk University Political Research Center poll: The newly declared presidential candidate came in second place among likely Republican primary voters, just behind former Florida governor Jeb Bush. When …

With N.H. budget set to expire, temporary spending plan in works

Monday, June 22, 2015

Facing a budget veto, Republican lawmakers are drafting a temporary spending plan to keep state government open for six months and funded at its current level. “Our state needs to function in July like it’s functioning now,” said …

N.H. lawmakers begin work on short-term spending plan

Sunday, June 21, 2015

New Hampshire lawmakers and Gov. Maggie Hassan are speeding toward a budget showdown this week that could result in months of financial uncertainty for state programs, workers and residents and set up the political dynamics of the next election. An $11.3 billion budget approved by Republican lawmakers last …

Like past governors, Massachusetts’s Baker must weigh public records law

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Like past Massachusetts governors, Charlie Baker has spoken about making state government more accountable and transparent to the public. One test of that pledge is to what extent the first-term Republican will argue that the governor’s office is …

Capital Beat: Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Some show up in neon green shirts. Others pray outside legislative chambers. Many hold press conferences. They are advocates for the elderly, people with mental illness, substance abuse services and a slew of other health and social programs. …

WikiLeaks reveals Saudi intrigue and unpaid limo bills

Saturday, June 20, 2015

At the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, diplomats talked about airing the grievances of disenchanted local youth using Facebook and Twitter. At the embassy in Khartoum, they reported anxiously on Iran’s military aid to Sudan. Meanwhile, the Saudi mission …

At Bike Week, Gilmore critiques Fox debate format

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Motorcycle enthusiasts streamed in and out of Laconia Harley-Davidson in Meredith on Friday afternoon, decked out in denim, leather and T-shirts featuring past Motorcycle Week events. One first-time visitor to Laconia Motorcycle Week was dressed more formally: the …

Lawmakers debate taxes, limits on welfare and more

Saturday, June 20, 2015

While many political observers focused on the budget this week, lawmakers also looked for compromise on legislation related to tax code changes, fetal homicide laws and how welfare benefits can be used. Teams of House and Senate negotiators met this week to work on bills passed by both …

Ray Duckler: The fine print says Alexander Hamilton isn’t going anywhere

Friday, June 19, 2015

Faina Bukher wondered what all the fuss was about. Sure, Bukher noted, it’s nice the federal government will put a woman on the $10 bill in five years, a ruling announced yesterday by the treasury secretary. But before …