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Farewell, StateImpact New Hampshire

From Left: StateImpact Reporter Emily Corwin, NHPR News Director Sarah Ashworth, and StateImpact Reporter Amanda Loder

After two years and hundreds of posts, multimedia features, and radio stories, StateImpact New Hampshire is freezing this website and moving our business and economic coverage to NHPR. StateImpact New Hampshire launched in late July of 2011 as a pilot collaboration between NPR and New Hampshire Public Radio.  The mission was to cover the business [...]

N.H. Weighs A Plan To Extend The Haverhill MBTA Commuter Rail To Plaistow

When New Hampshire residents discuss the revival of commuter rail, they are usually referring to the controversial “Capitol Corridor,” an estimated $300 million project which seeks to extend tracks northward from the MBTA station in Lowell to Nashua, and then on to Manchester and Concord. Earlier this year, the Executive Council approved moving forward with [...]

State’s Political-Spending Rules Fail To Make The Grade — Again

New Hampshire’s campaign-finance regulations are a jumble of contradictions, a fact that people who study the issue never fail to point out. A year ago, a consortium of good-government types awarded the Granite State a “D” for political financing, citing how easy it is for donors to get around the dollar limits on contributions. Last [...]

Carroll’s Departure Stuns LGC Critics And Supporters

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 [...]

National Rush For Firearms Benefits NH Economy

Like many firearms manufacturers right now, Sturm, Ruger can't assemble guns fast enough to meet consumer demand

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 [...]

StateImpact New Hampshire’s Best of 2012

Thierry Warichet

It’s been a good year for StateImpact New Hampshire — NHPR hired a new news director and StateImpact reporter in May. As we move into the new year, we’re looking forward to focusing our efforts on a few key issues in the state, including what New Hampshire is and isn’t doing to recruit and train [...]

Calculate Your Taxes Under Obama’s Vs. GOP’s Tax Cut Proposals

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Citizens for Tax Justice has just released an interactive tool that calculates what you would pay in taxes should Obama’s tax cut extension pass, should the GOP’s tax cut extension pass, or should the Bush tax cuts simply expire. Try it out! Use the Basic Calculator if you are an employee, your income comes entirely [...]

Locavore Living: Maybe It’s Good, Maybe It’s Bad, Maybe It’s Even Ugly

This week StateImpact New Hampshire introduces part two of our series “Getting By, Getting Ahead.” As you may have seen, reporter Amanda Loder has a blog post about the hurdles facing farmers in New Hampshire, despite the local food movement. With that in mind, we thought we’d point to two other stories in the news [...]

Another Tax On Campgrounds?

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Taxing campgrounds is a divisive issue. In July 2009 the New Hampshire legislature extended the meals and rooms tax to campgrounds — but then repealed that tax nine months later. It had been met with too much opposition, and had failed to produce the expected revenue. But that doesn’t mean campers are in the clear. [...]

Governor Lynch Advocates For Commuter Rail And Higher Education Tuesday

In his “state of the state” address in Nashua yesterday, Gov. John Lynch announced a renewed push for commuter rail service and education funding. The Nashua Telegraph has the story, but New Hampshire Public Radio intern Tina Forbes has pulled these points to whet your palate: Lynch criticized the state Executive Council for turning down [...]

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