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Legislators vote to include religious schools in town tuitioning law, making law constitutionally compliant

The state Senate on Thursday voted to repeal two state laws that unconstitutionally exclude religious schools from participating in state education tuitioning programs. Both bills were previously approved by the House. House Bill 282 repeals the state’s prohibition (in RSA 193:1) on religious schools participating in town tuition programs.  State law allows local governments to […]

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House General & Education Fund budget spends just $52.2 million less than governor’s, would represent a 1.4% spending decrease

The 2022-23 state budget approved by the state House represents a relatively small difference from Governor Chris Sununu’s General and Education Trust Fund spending priorities, particularly compared to the large differences at this point two years ago. The House-approved versions of HB 1 and HB 2 would spend just $52.2 million less than the governor’s […]

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Vaccinations killed the mask mandate, and now show the way forward

Gov. Chris Sununu lifted the state’s mask mandate on April 16, and much hand-wringing ensued. And scolding. And partisan attacks.  New Hampshire Public Radio noted, with apparent worry, that the hospitalization rate was higher than it was when the mandate was issued last November.  State Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley tweeted, “When Republicans get elected, […]

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Over-regulating small businesses, cigar bar edition

One of the consequences of regulating business by statute is that statutes are categorized, and therefore businesses have to be categorized too. The rigid legal classifications for businesses can lead to some restrictions that make sense only to lawyers, legislators, and scientists who catalogue animal and plant species. The first step in regulating a business […]

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House budget cuts state spending, taxes

The 2022-23 state budget passed in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday would reduce state general and education fund spending by 1.4% below actual 2020-21 state spending. The reduction from what legislators approved in the last session is even larger.  There is always some discrepancy between legislative appropriations and actual spending, as governors make […]