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In N.H., Minimum Wage Earners Need 2.8 Jobs To Afford 2-Bedroom Apartment

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In order to afford a two-bedroom apartment in New Hampshire, a renter would need to work 2.8 minimum-wage jobs. The math breaks down like this: According to HUD’s Fair Market Rent documentation, a two-bedroom apartment will cost about $1,065 in New Hampshire. In order to spend only 30 percent of one’s income on rent, a [...]

Calendar Year Begins With Deficit Of $25 Million

New Hampshire is beginning the calendar year with a “$25 million dollar problem,” Legislative Budget Assistant Jeffry Pattison told legislative budget writers at a fiscal orientation on Monday.  Pattison says that in context, that’s a “$25 million dollar deficit on a $5.2 billion dollar budget,” which, he says, he thinks the state can manage. Additionally, [...]

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center’s Privatization Is Under Way

At midnight on New Years Eve, the 34-person staff of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will lose their jobs. Some, but not all of the employees can then be hired back by a newly formed private non-profit organization, which begins operating the recently expanded planetarium on January 1st.

Drink Coasters 2.0: Seacoast Startup Puts Ads In A New Place

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By turning drink coasters into local advertising space, a self-described “coaster fiend” and her three friends are trying to promote local businesses, support charities – and create local jobs while they’re at it. Here’s how it works: LocalCoaster sells low-cost advertising to local shops like The RiverRun Bookstore on one side of a coaster. On the [...]

Carsey Study Says Coos Youth Face Choice: Stay With Family Or Leave For Jobs

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Just how much economic growth would Coos County need to entice the region’s youth to return after college? This is something the Carsey Institute’s Eleanor Jaffee hopes to reveal with the 10-year long Coos Youth Study. Carsey researchers are following Coos County’s class of 2009 as they move from high school to college and beyond. [...]

Chemicals Manufacturer Expands In Londonderry

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“You wouldn’t expect a fine chemicals manufacturing company to locate in New Hampshire,” Hanno Wentzler, CEO of Freudenberg Chemical Specialties, told the New Hampshire Business Review, “but we have made it here.” The company has announced it will be expanding its workforce, adding up to 100 employees over two years to its Klüber Lubrication plant [...]

Commissioner Tara Reardon, Nepotism, and Ethics In New Hampshire: How Could This Happen?

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On Wednesday, Employment Security Commissioner Tara Reardon resigned amid allegations that she hired her daughter as an intern, then had her layed off in order to receive unemployment benefits. The Telegraph, Monitor, Union Leader, and of course, NHPR, have all the details. We want to know: how could this happen? Nepotism There is a law regarding [...]

Have To Retake Algebra I? Bad Placement Tests May Be To Blame

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On Monday the Nashua Telegraph published an article with some scary numbers: 78% of freshmen at Nashua Community College coming from Nashua public high schools require remedial coursework.  This is higher than the national community college remediation rate, which is close to 60% — and it doesn’t include those students who frequently require remediation because [...]

How Much Is N.H. Paying For The Freedom To Take Risks?

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According to a report released today by the Trust for America’s Health, 659 Granite Staters died from injuries between 2007 and 2009 — injuries such as concussions, motor vehicle accidents, and unintentional prescription drug overdoses. These injuries are not only a cause of grief for families and communities; they cost state and federal government, insurers, [...]

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