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.   

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.

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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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veterinarians and the prescription drug monitoring program

Prescription monitoring for veterinarians?

Aug 25, 2017

New Hampshire, like most states, has a prescription drug monitoring database, which tracks the history of prescriptions for drugs with a greater risk for addiction and abuse, such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

Starting in 2016, all...Read more

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gender transition services

Medicaid rule change will cover gender reassignment surgery

Aug 25, 2017

This fall the state Department of Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing on a proposed rule change that will allow Medicaid coverage for gender reassignment surgery.

The rule change is prompted by the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits any health care provider that...Read more

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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Should NH protect Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from sea level rise?

Aug 24, 2017

A 2016 report from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicted that in a worst case scenario, one quarter of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will be underwater by the end of the century.  The study had similarly dire predictions about sea level...Read more

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voter registration

2 lawsuits against new voter registration law

Aug 24, 2017

The New Hampshire Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire, along with three individual voters, have filed lawsuits against the new voter registration law passed this spring.

The law, SB 3, requires new voters to show documentation that proves they intend to stay...Read more

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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.

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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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