Latest Links: Prison Privatization Debate Reignites, Medical Malpractice Bill Moves To House

New Hampshire’s Business And Economic News In Brief

N.H. officials mull private prison bids ”With four companies interested in the job, state officials are again deciding whether putting the state’s prisons in private hands is a way to cut corrections costs. The idea may have more political support now than it did last time, in 2004, but serious doubts about cost savings and inmate security are as strong as ever.” (

Malpractice: Senate bill streamlines settlements, but critics call reform effort one-sided ”A bill supporters say would improve the state’s medical malpractice system has passed the state Senate and moved to the House Judiciary Committee. Senate Bill 406 is a Republican-sponsored proposal that would establish a so-called ‘early offer’ system for medical injury claims as an option to litigation and screening panels. The measure has pitted business, hospital and insurance interests against trial lawyers and consumer advocates in the state.” (

New England EPA chief: Carbon rules are good for N.H. ”New federal standards that limit carbon emissions from power plants and cross-state air pollution could present an economic opportunity for green businesses in New Hampshire and New England, according to an official with the Environmental Protection Agency.” (

Lure of midway draws job hopefuls ”SALEM — Long lines and smiling faces filled Canobie Lake Park on Saturday, but the crowds weren’t there for the rides. About a thousand people showed up for the first job fair of the season. A second job fair will take place in mid-May.” (


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