The state has plenty of money to spend and has for the past four fiscal years, but lawmakers do not want to spend it. Instead they cut business taxes and filled the state’s saving account or rainy day fund.
It is always easier to blame the messenger, but the attacks on the news media are dangerous both for those in the business and for our democracy which depends on an independent and fair fourth estate.
When the filing period closed June 15, the Democrats had candidates running for all 24 seats and Republicans had 23 candidates filed and probably a write-in campaign will be in the works to find an opponent for District 4 incumbent David Watters of Dover in the general election.
The First Congressional District race to replace U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who is not seeking re-election. And another 7 Republicans and 2 Libertarians seeking their parties’ nominations for the Second Congressional District seat held by Democratic incumbent Ann McLane Kuster of Hopkinton.
Who has a million dollar campaign war chest?
The competition had 100 contestants and the winner is Molly Robert, senior class president of Kennett High School in Conway, plus a bit of the history of woman power in New Hampshire.
The PUC’s October 2016 decision prevented Eversource from entering a 20-year agreement with Algonquin Gas that would have expanded an existing natural gas pipeline through the Access Northeast project. The PUC said the proposal violated the state’s electric deregulation statutes, but the court disagreed.
You could ask how does a state budget go $100 million out of whack in a half-a-dozen months.
Lawmakers will grapple with that question this week in what are expected to be the final sessions of the 2017-18 legislature bar an adverse Supreme Court ruling on voting rights after lawmakers go home at the end of the week.
While the shenanigans are routine this time of year, what happened with the voucher bill or Freedom Scholarships or Senate Bill 193 last week is an example of heavy-handed politics practiced with a sledge hammer.
With less than a month to go in the 2018 session, lawmakers face some of the biggest decisions they will make this term.
For nearly 39 years, hospitals’ uncompensated care has been the gift that keeps on giving. From the early 1990’s to today, the ebb and flow between hospitals and lawmakers has ranged from kumbaya moments to volcanic eruptions over uncompensated care.