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Vermont: New Hampshire’s Farm To Plate Test Case

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Lawmakers in New Hampshire are considering a program that would convene industry, nonprofit and UNH representatives involved in the state’s local food and agriculture industry. The group would be charged with researching and reporting back to the Department of Agriculture. The bill’s sponsors are using Vermont as a model. In fact, New Hampshire’s SB141 is based [...]

The House Has Casino Bills, Too

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Although Governor Maggie Hassan has thrown her weight behind a gambling bill produced in the Senate, the House Ways and Means committee heard testimony today on two bills sponsored by House members. Lincoln Representative Edmond Gionet’s bill allows for two casinos – one near the Massachusetts border, like the Senate bill, and another casino, in the White [...]

House Subcommittee Considers Local Beer And Wine Bills

Should New Hampshire put local beers in state liquor stores? Or, should liquor commission revenues fund advertising for local wine and beer makers? These were two of the questions a House Commerce Subcommittee began to discuss Tuesday. But the conversation could end there. That’s because some lawmakers feel the state should consolidate its efforts in [...]

N.H.’s R&D Tax Credit Explained

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Thursday, the New Hampshire Senate unanimously approved a bill that increases the state’s research and development tax credit funding from $1 million to $2 million beginning this year. Last year, 111 qualifying businesses shared that $1 million – so that the 58 businesses who qualified for the maximum credit of $50,000 received $12,065 each. Who [...]

R&D Tax Credit Bill Gets The Go Ahead In Ways And Means

The Senate Ways and Means committee has unanimously agreed to send to the floor a bill that doubles New Hampshire’s research and development tax credit – a priority of both the Business and Industry Association, as well as Senate Democrats. Senator Odell, who is chairman of the Ways and Means committee, says he introduced a [...]

How New Hampshire Is Helping Nanobreweries Revolutionize Craft Beer

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While beer sales have been down, nationally, since the great recession, the craft beer industry has been going strong – growing 15 percent in 2011, according to the American Brewers’ Association. The newest kid on the block in craft beer is the “nanobrewery” – a very small scale commercial brewery that produces fewer than 2,000 [...]

Wider Bike Lanes Likely On The Docket This Session

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As national cyclist and pedestrian deaths continue to climb, Complete Streets – the movement to make roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists, public transit users and motorists – has an advocate in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Conservative Representative Lenette Peterson of Merrimack, who lists ‘getting handguns back in the state house,’ among her policy [...]

Expect At Least Three Nanobrewery Bills This Session

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There are a slew of possible bills coming down the pipes this session having to do with nanobreweries: a brewing category created by lawmakers in 2011. With a $240 nanobrewery license, an enthusiastic homebrewer can to start a small-scale commercial brewery.  StateImpact New Hampshire will be keeping tabs on developments in the nanobrewing community throughout [...]

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