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WiValley Battles Topography And Budgets To Connect Monadnocks

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 […]

Report: NH Barely Passes On Government Spending Transparency

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 […]

How NH’s Manufacturing Sector Stacks Up To Its Neighbors’

Recently, the White House has had manufacturing on the brain.  From the State of the Union address to Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Albany Engineered Composites in Rochester, the Obama administration has been pushing its plan to create more jobs in the manufacturing sector. This renewed focus got us thinking about what New […]

New England Carries Some Of The Country’s Heaviest Student Loan Debt

Recently, we’ve been looking into student debt in New Hampshire.  (You can read the initial posts here and here.)  As the Project on Student Debt reports, the Class of 2010 took on a record amount of loans–an average of $25,250 nationally. And the newly-graduated in New Hampshire took on the heaviest burden in the country, […]

Laconia Sees Boom In Vacation Home Market

Here at StateImpact, we’re interested in how second homes contribute to New Hampshire’s economy.  With ten percent of the state’s housing stock made up of vacation homes, only two other states have a higher proportion secondary homes–Maine and Vermont. As part of a series last summer on how the vacation home economy works in the […]

Losing The Lotto: Where The Revenue Comes From

As we reported yesterday, New Hampshire’s lottery revenues have been steadily declining over the past five fiscal years.  Since the lotto funds the state’s education system, lower sales translate into less money for schools.  (You can read our first post here.) Still, the lottery isn’t exactly generating chump change.  In FY 2011, the education system […]

NH Sees Homeland Security Windfall In Decade Since 9/11

Following 9/11, Congress authorized creation of the Department of Homeland Security.  And over the past decade, we’ve heard periodically that the state or local agencies have gotten new, upgraded equipment or funded special initiatives with Homeland Security money.  So for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, NHPR’s Jon Greenberg looked into exactly how much money has […]

NH Lags Behind Most Of New England And New York In High-Income Taxpayer Growth

Here’s a new map from the Tax Foundation showing growth of high-income taxpayers from 1999-2009.  What’s particularly interesting about these numbers is that they straddle pre- and post-recession years.  So StateImpact naturally wondered, did the recession dramatically change where the high income bracket grew?

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