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A New Push For Commuter Rail

The Governor and Executive Council have agreed to study the feasibility of rail transportation.

This post was written by contributor Sheryl Rich-Kern Despite concern from opponents about costs, supporters of bringing commuter rail back to the Granite State are determined to keep momentum on track. For the first time in decades, state lawmakers are looking to restore commuter rail by extending existing rail lines from Lowell, Massachusetts, to Nashua, [...]

Hassan Pitches Casino During Budget Address

Hassan's budget gambles on New Hampshire allowing one, high-end casino to set up shop in the state

Governor Maggie Hassan used her budget address to propose a new, high-end casino. Governor Hassan’s budget banks on this casino generating $80 million in licensing fees.  And she said the state is already dealing with the social costs of gambling allowed in other states, without benefiting from the revenue.

Why A 60-Year Old Contract Has Massachusetts And NH At Loggerheads

Flood control, town tax reimbursements, and tight state budgets have NH and Mass wrestling over back payments

Since the economy tanked and the legislature started slashing the budget, there’s been talk at the town level about so-called “down-shifting.”  That’s when the state stops supporting local programs or making certain payments to towns, forcing localities to pick up the slack.  Now, the legislature’s considering what to do when not only New Hampshire, but [...]

WiValley Battles Topography And Budgets To Connect Monadnocks

Standing on the roof of his office, Foucher stands by one of WiValley's repeater arrays.

Brian Foucher traveled some 300 days a year for business. When the Harrisville, N.H., resident was home, he telecommuted to meetings around the globe, but found his Internet connection so poor his employer became frustrated. With a wife and young family at home, that kind of work life was quickly growing old. Foucher’s initiative to [...]

Mystery Developer Hopes To Bring Big Warehouse–And 150 Jobs–To Concord

A developer traced to a Massachusetts P.O. Box wants to build a big facility in Concord

A super-secret business that could bring a lot of jobs to Concord hopes to set up shop on Integra Drive.  As Ben Leubsdorf of the Concord Monitor reports: “A developer is looking to build a sprawling warehouse operation on Integra Drive, off Manchester Street, that Concord officials say could employ 150 people. But the name [...]

Part 4: Which NH Counties Won New Residents (And Lost Old Ones)

As in our previous posts, we're continuing with a light bit of boxing imagery for entertainment purposes

One of our most popular sets of posts has been an occasional series with a different take on migration into–and out of–New Hampshire.  Using IRS data, Jon Bruner of Forbes traced where people in every county in the country were moving to–and from–between 2005 and 2009.  Then, he generated a really cool map that allows you [...]

Why The Mega Millions Jackpot Is Extra-Important For New Hampshire

The Mega Millions jackpot is creating a spike in lotto sales all over the country

It’s a good day to be the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.  The AP reports the commission is seeing sales on the order of “27,000 transactions an hour.”  It’s all thanks to tonight’s Mega Millions Lottery, which, at $540 million, has ascended to Largest Lottery Jackpot In The World, Ever status. It’s probably safe to expect [...]

Report: NH Barely Passes On Government Spending Transparency

New Hampshire's no longer failing in transparency ratings...but not by much

New Hampshire has a long history of frugality.  And with the current crop of spending hawks in the legislature, that sense of thrift has only intensified. But you’ll have a hard time if you want to keep tabs on state spending online. That’s according to “Following The Money 2012,” a report published by the clunky-titled [...]

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