Amanda Loder

Amanda Loder was StateImpact’s multimedia reporter until the project merged with the New Hampshire Public Radio site in July 2013. She now serves as a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for NHPR. You can continue to follow her work at @AmandaLoderNHPR, at, and on New Hampshire Public Radio.

Carroll’s Departure Stuns LGC Critics And Supporters

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A number of people involved in the LGC case expressed shock at Carroll's dismissal.

Over the past several months, StateImpact has been keeping up with the various twists and turns in the Local Government Center case.  The latest development–the ouster of Executive Director Maura Carroll by the LGC board–has shocked the organization’s supporters and critics alike.

This week, I called some of the players in this ongoing saga to get their reaction to Carroll’s sudden departure, and discussed them with NHPR’s All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

You can catch our conversation, or read the transcript, after the jump.

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National Rush For Firearms Benefits NH Economy

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Workers cast firearms parts at Sturm, Ruger's Newport foundry

As federal lawmakers grapple with tighter gun control laws, business is good for the firearms industry.  Across the country, gun dealers can’t keep them on the shelves, and manufacturers can’t keep up with demand.

But how do these trends affect New Hampshire’s economy?

If you pick up a Sturm, Ruger gun—rifle, pistol, revolver, assault rifle -odds are it was made in Newport, New Hampshire.  Or at least, parts of it were cast in the company’s on-site foundry, and shipped to Ruger’s other factory, in Arizona.

“It takes about two or three hours to make a gun from components into the box,” says Tom Sullivan, Vice President of Newport Operations for Sturm, Ruger. “Every product we make at this point is very popular, and we have large backlogs on every product we make.” Continue Reading

“Dismissed LGC Chief Could Get $189,000 In Severance”

While Maura Carroll’s severance package isn’t finalized, she could stand to see a substantial payout from the organization.

Maura Carroll (center), the executive director of the Local Government Center, sits in the back row of a hearing where State Securities Regulators question the LGC’s pricing on services at the Bureau of Securities Regulation in Concord on Tuesday, October 4, 2011.

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After Board Vote, LGC Chief Steps Down

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The Local Government Center will see new leadership almost immediately.

After about four years as head of the Local Government Center, Executive Director Maura Carroll is stepping down.

During most of her tenure as Executive Director, Maura Carroll headed an embattled LGC.  The state’s Bureau of Securities Regulation contends that for years, the LGC overcharged communities for health insurance premiums and improperly used funds.  The case went to a hearing officer last summer, who ordered the LGC to return more than $53 million to communities.  Continue Reading

“How The Securities Bureau’s Investor Education Fund Paid For Its LGC Investigation”

A look at the LGC case from a different angle, courtesy of Bob Sanders at the “New Hampshire Business Review.”

By Bob Sanders Friday, January 25, 2013 In August 2011, UBS Financial Services reached a $1 million settlement with the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation for violations relating to the sale of structured products. Of that settlement, $300,000 was to be paid to the bureau for fine and investigatory costs, to be deposited, by law, in an investor education fund.

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Coalition Of Communities Pushes For Voice In LGC Appeal

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A group of towns wants to participate in the LGC's appeal to the state supreme court.

A cadre of communities is pushing the New Hampshire Supreme Court to allow them to participate in the Local Government Center‘s appeal.  Fourteen towns, led by Durham, Peterborough, Salem and Northfield have filed a motion to intervene in the case.

The LGC insures municipalities, school districts, and agencies, handling hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.  The state argued that for years, the LGC over-charged for health insurance in order to illegally bulk-up its assets and prop-up its failing worker’s compensation program .  Last summer, a hearing officer sided with the state, and ordered the LGC to return more than $52 million to members.  The LGC is appealing that order to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Continue Reading

“Measuring New Hampshire In 2013″

This collection of data covers everything from Medicaid and migration to revenue forecasts and the housing market. If you can open a PowerPoint file, these graphs offer hearty food for thought over the coming year.

New Hampshire Center for Public Policy studies pursues data-based research on public policy matters, develops options, informs policy makers and advises them about choices for action.

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“Hypertherm Acquires Minnesota Manufacturer”

This move allows Hypertherm to move into a new market–”waterjet cutting technologies.”

Friday, January 4, 2013 Hypertherm, the Hanover-based manufacturer of advanced cutting systems, has acquired a Minnesota-based maker of waterjet cutting products. Company officials said the acquisition of AccuStream means the firm can now add waterjet cutting technologies to its menu, which already includes plasma and laser technologies.

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