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Lawmakers allotted child care workers $15 million a year ago. They’re still waiting to be paid.
07-23-2024 2:36 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

New Hampshire lawmakers got the message last session. The state’s dire shortage of affordable child care options had reached crisis levels during the pandemic as providers lost staff to higher paying and less stressful jobs at retail stores and fast...

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Toxic ‘trash juice’ a problem at four New Hampshire landfills, state regulators say
07-22-2024 4:09 PM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

Litter in and around the landfill. Waste outside of the permitted area. Releases of liquid pollution. Failure to file mandatory reports.These are some of the issues found at four of the state’s active landfills, documented by letters of deficiency...


With Sununu’s backing, foster children are closer to getting parents’ Social Security payments
07-21-2024 6:00 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state is a step closer to returning parents’ Social Security payments to kids when they leave foster care, with Gov. Chris Sununu’s signature on House Bill 1598. Though, it will take more legislation before kids see the money.Dawson Hayes, who...


NH unemployment claims rising, a potential salve for tight labor market
07-20-2024 6:00 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

Years after the pandemic threw businesses into disarray, changing expectations around work and leading to widespread worker shortages, New Hampshire’s workforce demand is still strong. Currently, 85 percent of New Hampshire residents between 25 and 55...


Law adds generalized anxiety to medical marijuana qualifiers; Sununu vetoes cannabis greenhouses
07-18-2024 3:19 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill that would expand the reach of therapeutic cannabis in New Hampshire – but vetoed another.As part of a package of legislation on July 12, Sununu signed House Bill 1349, which will add generalized anxiety disorder to the...


House candidate suspends bid over media coverage of 1989 murder conviction
07-16-2024 4:30 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The House candidate who told the Bulletin last week that he hoped voters would look past his 1989 second-degree murder conviction has suspended his campaign. Republican Mark Edgington told the Bulletin Monday that another outlet’s reporting on his...


More dentists are agreeing to see Medicaid patients – but not enough to meet demand
07-14-2024 8:00 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

It took oral health advocates nearly 25 years to persuade lawmakers to provide adults on Medicaid coverage for basic dental care. Gail Brown, one of those advocates, said she saw that investment pay dividends in far less time.Brown was stopped this...


Sununu signs bill requiring accessible voting machines in every town
07-10-2024 9:05 AM

By ETHAN DEWITT

New Hampshire cities and towns will be required to provide accessible voting machines for all elections after January 2025, according to a bill signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu this month.House Bill 1264, signed by Sununu July 3, states that every...


Fish and Game rule would create special hunting weekend for active military, veterans
07-08-2024 3:59 PM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

A new Fish and Game Department rule would create a special waterfowl hunting weekend for active military members and veterans.This reserved hunting time would take place the first weekend after the close of the regular hunting season in all zones....


State launches newsletter aimed at protecting consumers
07-06-2024 3:00 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

In late June, the Attorney General’s Office announced it had indicted a contractor in Hillsborough County Superior Court for allegedly stealing $27,000 from two clients and convicted a Warner man of faking asbestos lab results and then posing as an...


Department of Corrections continues to face staffing problems, high overtime expenses
07-02-2024 3:50 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

New Hampshire’s Department of Corrections is facing a temporary $3.44 million deficit caused in large part by an increase in overtime payments, according to DOC Commissioner Helen Hanks. Now, as the June 30 end of the state fiscal year approaches,...


Advocates urge vetoes as four bills affecting trans people head to Sununu’s desk
07-02-2024 3:47 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

 Just after Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill in 2018 to add gender identity to the list of anti-discrimination laws, Linds Jakows approached him after the signing ceremony and told him thank you.“And he said very simply, ‘Oh, it’s just the right thing...


Lawmakers eye last-ditch effort to address divide over hospital Medicaid payments
06-25-2024 5:00 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Some lawmakers are exploring an 11th hour attempt to settle a showdown between Gov. Chris Sununu and the state’s hospitals over Sununu’s plan to cut their state Medicaid payments by nearly $35 million a year. Senate President Jeb Bradley said earlier...


Gubernatorial candidates sharply divided over school funding lawsuits
06-25-2024 3:57 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

Last year, a superior court judge delivered a jolt to the state’s education system: He ruled that New Hampshire should be paying nearly twice what it currently does per student. This year, the question is dividing the race to succeed Gov. Chris...


State keeps benefits intended for foster kids. A push is on to end the practice.
06-24-2024 3:13 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Dawson Hayes spent about three years in foster care before he was adopted in February at age 16. As he was moved from foster home to foster home, Hayes thought about something his state case worker had told him. Once he was adopted or aged out of...


New Hampshire’s housing bills that made it – and didn’t – in 2024
06-21-2024 5:30 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

New Hampshire’s housing supply crisis has persisted for another year. And housing advocates are calling the 2024 legislative session a mixed bag. “I think there were some important wins,” said Elissa Margolin, director of New Hampshire Housing Action,...


NH expands eligible abuse for youth detention center payment, ups settlement caps
06-18-2024 6:05 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state has broadened who can seek payment for abuse while at the former Youth Development Center. Gov. Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 591 Friday, which immediately expands the type of abuse eligible for payment but also increases settlement...


Sununu signs bill raising marriage age to 18
06-18-2024 6:04 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Friday that will bar those under 18 from getting marriage licenses in New Hampshire, adding the Granite State to a list of 11 other states that have fully banned marriage for minors.Senate Bill 359 states that: “No...


Lawmakers, governor, hospitals fail to reach deal on Medicaid payments
06-10-2024 2:53 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state’s 26 hospitals stand to lose millions in state payments for uncompensated care with the collapse Thursday of negotiations between the governor, lawmakers, and the hospitals. With a deadline fast approaching and a legislative fix seemingly...


NH negotiators reach deal on cannabis legalization; vote by full House and Senate remains
06-07-2024 11:52 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

In a last-minute deal Thursday, House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise on a bill that would legalize cannabis in New Hampshire, an effort that has failed multiple times before. But while the deal keeps House Bill 1633 alive, its future...


‘What the heck is the state doing?’ NH Senate kills action on landfills
06-03-2024 4:00 PM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

When Rep. David Rochefort drives into Concord two or three times a week for his work at the Legislature, he sees trucks full of out-of-state trash heading north. About half of the waste dumped into New Hampshire’s six active landfills – located in...

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