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.   

school start after Labor Day

Should school start after Labor Day?

Sep 06, 2017

Gov. Christopher Sununu wants the state Legislature to enact a statewide policy requiring New Hampshire public schools to open after Labor Day.

"I am strongly considering a proposal to change the dynamic of our education system in a way that works better for our families and for our...Read more

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Gov. Sununu wants a fix for “Dreamers”

Sep 06, 2017

On Tuesday the Trump administration announced an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which granted legal status to young adults brought to the United States illegally when they were children.

The Obama administration started the program.  Participants are often called “...Read more

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What is a top two primary system?

Sep 05, 2017

A top two primary system is where candidates from all political parties are listed on a single primary ballot. The two candidates who get the most votes, regardless of political affiliation, advance to the general election.

In practice in other states

California adopted the top 2...Read more

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expanded Medicaid work requirement

State seeks work requirements for expanded Medicaid

Sep 05, 2017

The state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking a waiver from the federal government to require recipients of expanded Medicaid coverage to work or go to school.

The proposed rule from DHHS specifically requires participants to work, attend a training program, or...Read more

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Northern Pass vote date pushed back

Sep 02, 2017

This week, state regulators voted to delay giving their final decision on the controversial Northern Pass power line project.

Learn more about Northern Pass. Visit our issue page.

A final hurdle

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy gave the...Read more

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Prison visit restrictions aimed at curbing drug abuse

Sep 01, 2017

Earlier this year, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections implemented a new policy that limits prisoners and visitors from hugging for more than three seconds. The prison system also eliminated...Read more

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Innis calls for change to beer regulations

Sep 01, 2017

In the last two years, the number of breweries in the US has grown by nearly 50%. The popularity of local beer has been a boon to the New...Read more

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School bus shortage leaves students stranded

Aug 31, 2017

A shortage of bus drivers in New Hampshire has left some Northwood students without a ride to school.

While many Granite State school districts have been dealing with a lack of qualified bus drivers, the situation in Northwood intensified last spring when Northwood Transportation, the...Read more

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Driver education for parents

Aug 31, 2017

Rhode Island recently mandated that parents of teens taking driver’s ed attend a class aimed at helping them prepare their children for the open road. Massachusetts and Connecticut already require parents to take similar classes and New Jersey may soon follow suit. Should New Hampshire require...Read more

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Billing hikers for rescue services

Aug 30, 2017

In 2008, New Hampshire adopted a law that allows the state to bill a lost or injured hiker for the cost of their rescue if the hiker was negligent.

The measure, which came in response to the rising costs of rescues in the White Mountains of...Read more

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Corrections contract stalls amid staffing shortage

Aug 29, 2017

Contract negotiations between the Governor’s office and the union representing the state’s corrections officers have been stalled for several months. The impasse is due largely to a disagreement between the state and Teamsters Local 633 regarding funding for officers’ wages.

Low...Read more

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racial inequality

NH ranks 46th for race equality

Aug 26, 2017

A new report from 24/7 Wall Street ranked New Hampshire 46th in the nation for equality of black and white citizens. 

The ranking looked at ten factors, including...Read more



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