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Company Faces OSHA Fine In Fatal Redhook Keg Explosion

Redhook Brewery’s parent company, Craft Brew Alliance, faces $63,500 in fines for safety violations tied to the death of a worker last spring. In April, 26-year old Ben Harris was killed when a plastic keg he was pressure-cleaning at the Portsmouth brewery exploded.  After a six-month investigation, OSHA issued three citations to CBA, covering a […]

New Hampshire Employers Pay High Workers Comp Premiums Relative To Nation

New Hampshire employers pay the 9th highest workers compensation premiums in the nation, according to a report from the Oregon Department of Consumer And Business Services. New Hampshire’s average premium of $2.40 per $100 of payroll is 128 percent of the national median. Click on the interactive map below, for more details.

Keene Crib Company Adds Jobs Thanks To New Defense Contract (Really)

As we’ve frequently noted, New Hampshire’s economy heavily depends on Defense contracting.  In the case of large defense-oriented companies like BAE Systems in Nashua, Elbit Systems of America in Merrimack, or GE Aviation in Hooksett, the connection is obvious.  And, of course, there are a bevy of smaller high-tech components manufacturers that also benefit from […]

“Business, Tax Cuts Could Cost State,” Says Landrigan

Kevin Landrigan of the Nashua Telegraph reported in the Concord Monitor today that “sagging receipts from taxes on business owners and on the sale of cigarettes caused state revenue to fall 3 percent short of expectations last month.” While the state’s business taxes came in “6 percent less than forecast,” the July 2011 cut in […]

DC Plan More Expensive Than Current DB Plan, House Report Says

Republicans have been trying to pass legislation transitioning new employees to a defined contribution retirement plan, in order to reduce the cost of the state’s retirement system. However, a report commissioned by the House subcommittee on the subject suggests the Republicans’ plan needs revision. “Total pension funding costs will rise as the State implements the […]

Starting A Business: The New Retirement?

We all know that Americans are living and working longer. According to AARP, only 13 percent of Americans expect not to return to work after they hit “traditional retirement age.” But just as Americans are able and wanting to work longer — the recession has left many aging adults out of work. And those older […]

State Workers: Overpaid, Underpaid, Or Just Right?

Public and private workers in New Hampshire are among the most evenly compensated, finds a new report from the right-leaning Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW). Still, the report shows, the New Hampshire’s public sector pays on average, $4.51 more, per hour, than the private sector. The report states that “State governments pay on average 6.2 […]

Obama For America N.H. Rallies Small Business Owners

Small business owners are a contested demographic for the battling presidential campaigns. A September poll from George Washington University suggests the President is leading Governor Romney in support from small business owners, while an August poll by Manta put Romney in the lead with a wide margin.

Who Built What? Diving Deeper Into ‘We Built This’ Campaign Rhetoric

The three words of what has become Governor Romney’s campaign slogan, “We Built This,” are hard to avoid these days. One could argue they exemplify a political rhetoric that pits business-loving Romney supporters against government-loving supporters of President Obama. And although “we built this” has become a rallying cry for the right, we found that […]

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