As 2017 draws mercifully to a close, it was a year to remember. From the Presidential inauguration of businessman Donald Trump to the three baby bears that terrorized a Hanover neighborhood, 2017 had something for everyone and many things to rile people’s darker emotions.
Under the plan presented by the Department of Transportation, tolls at the Hooksett and Bedford booths would increase 50 cents to $1.50, and the Hampton toll booths would go from $2.00 to $2.50. The ramp or exit tolls would increase 25 cents to $1, which the EZ Pass discount would remain the same.
The most obvious difference is the project is so much bigger than anything the Site Evaluation Committee has dealt with since the Seabrook nuclear power plant.
The election could have been a disaster for Democrats given the shellacking the party took a year ago, but the Trump factor appeared to rachet up enthusiasm and reinvigorated their get-out-the-vote machine that sputtered so badly during the 2016 effort.
Innovative changes in New Hampshire social services often — over time — revert to the same old used to be.
DISTANT DOME: But the gravy train appears to be slowing especially for the four taxes leading the growth over the last five years.
DISTANT DOME: Beware the Friday afternoon news dump, the favored method of burying bad news.
The issue of class has taken over the question of whether the Wild Goose site should be used for a public boat launch.
A drive along the back roads of New Hampshire’s rural areas from the North Country to the state’s southwest shows another Granite State with families caught in the cycle of poverty, workers stuck in low-paying jobs with little room for advancement, opioid addiction and alcoholism eating at society’s fabric and little state help to change it.
In New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny proposed a plan that would address the issue in a different way, but was shot down by key lawmakers and Gov. Chris Sununu.