Latest Links: House Votes Down Insurance Exchange, Town Meeting And State Law Collide In Collective Bargaining Dispute

New Hampshire’s Business And Economic News In Brief

House Votes Against State Run Health Insurance Exchange “A bill which prevents the state from creating its own exchange passed overwhelmingly in the house on Thursday. Under federal healthcare reform all states must have a health insurance exchange in place by January 1, 2014.” (

High court hears arguments in firefighters’ suit “CONCORD — Lawyers representing the Professional Fire Fighters of Wolfeboro IAFF Local 3708 and Wolfeboro selectmen appeared before the NH Supreme Court on Thursday to offer oral arguments in a dispute spawned by efforts to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement. At issue is whether selectmen had the right to rescind their recognition of the union after voters had empowered them to participate in negotiations with firefighters.” (

Shipyard details upgrades eyed for $38m repair project “KITTERY, Maine – The announcement of a $38 million contract award for energy and structural repairs at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was celebrated by New Hampshire’s and Maine’s senators on Thursday.” (


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