LFDA Highlights

Every day, Highlight stories, written by our editors, dig into the facts behind key New Hampshire policy issues. We try to present both sides of the story,  in an effort to give a balanced and insightful look at the facts. Read on to get informed.   

biomass

Should Eversource continue to pay higher rates for energy from the Berlin biomass plant?

Aug 23, 2017

In 2011, the state’s Public Utilities Commission approved a contract allowing Eversource to purchase electricity from the Burgess BioPower plant in Berlin at a higher rate...Read more

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Lake Sunapee

Controversy over Wild Goose boat access on Sunapee

Aug 23, 2017

A project to build a public boat access facility on Lake Sunapee effectively died this summer, when Gov. Chris Sununu removed discussion of a permit for the site from the Executive Council agenda.

The boat access project was named Wild Goose, after a motel that used to sit on the property...Read more

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medicaid funding

Should New Hampshire find alternate ways to fund Medicaid Expansion?

Aug 22, 2017

Medicaid is health insurance coverage for certain low income groups of people, including dependent children and their parents, those 65 and older with disabilities, and pregnant women. The federal government and each state share the cost of covering almost 1/5 of America’s population that...Read more

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community college tuition

Community colleges in NH roll back tuition cuts

Aug 22, 2017

This academic year community college in New Hampshire will cost $10 more per credit.  For a full-time student, that’s about $300 more per year.

This is the first time trustees have approved a tuition increase since 2012.  The community college system actually cut tuition in 2015 by $10...Read more

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mental health services and treatment

NH makes some progress on mental health treatment

Aug 21, 2017

The state budget passed this June added funding for mental health services in New Hampshire.  However, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has extended the deadline for proposals to provide some of those services because they did not receive enough applications.

The...Read more

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University of New Hampshire

Should UNH require a course on cultural competency?

Aug 19, 2017

In the weeks leading up to graduation this year, there were several racial incidents at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. There was graffiti with swastikas and racial slurs. A post from a student in what appeared to be blackface went viral. Students of color reported harassment.

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aging population health care scholarships

Healthcare scholarships in NH

Aug 19, 2017

This year, a bill to create a healthcare scholarship program was shot down in the New Hampshire house.

The move was an attempt to address problems related to the state’s increasingly aging population:

research and development

NH gives out more Research and Development tax credits

Aug 18, 2017

This month for the first time New Hampshire gave out $7 million in Research and Development tax credits.  Prior to July the state was only authorized to give out $2 million in credits each year.

The Research and Development tax credit is available for wages paid to employees for...Read more

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charter school funding

Charter school funding debate

Aug 17, 2017

In the past, the state Board of Education could turn down an application for a new charter school simply because the state lacked money.

Charter schools receive more state dollars per student than public schools, because they don't have the added boost of local tax dollars to help cover...Read more

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moose plates

Moose Plates raise over $20 million

Aug 17, 2017

This month New Hampshire’s Conservation and Heritage License Plate – nicknamed the “Moose Plate” – passed $20 million in lifetime sales.

The license plates, which feature the illustration of a moose, are available to the public for an annual $30 fee.  That fee goes to historical, cultural...Read more

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medical marijuana for pain

Should marijuana be allowed for acute, not just chronic pain in New Hampshire?

Aug 16, 2017

New Hampshire, along with 28 other states and the District of Columbia, allow the use of medical marijuana. But only certain chronic conditions are eligible for medical marijuana treatment, by a doctor’s prescription and with the issuance of a state identification card.

In New Hampshire,...Read more

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toplessness on Hampton beach

Should towns be allowed to regulate toplessness?

Aug 16, 2017

On Saturday, August 26 women will remove their tops on Hampton Beach to advocate for gender equality.

“Go Topless Day,” organized by Free the Nipple, has happened annually since 2015.

Local Hampton officials are not planning any extra police presence on the day, and representatives...Read more

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