Gov. Chris Sununu has proposed tapping $60 million of the state budget surplus to give $100 rebates to electricity ratepayers. The plan requires approval by the Legislature and could come up for a vote this Thursday when legislators return to take up bills vetoed by the governor. In the spring, a gas tax holiday was […]

Two events on opposite ends of the state last week highlighted the central problem with New Hampshire’s housing market. In Newmarket over the weekend, a group of renters held a demonstration to denounce landlords and protest high rents. After experiencing a substantial rent increase, one couple said they had to move out of town to find […]

Energy shortages in California and Europe have prompted a revival of interest in Nuclear power. And who gets the credit? Environmental activists, naturally.  “Why even environmental activists are supporting nuclear power today,” National Public Radio gushed last week.  The few environmentalists highlighted in the story deserve credit for taking such an unpopular position within the […]

Hanover could be the canary in the coal mine for housing-induced labor shortages in New Hampshire.  The town has canceled its annual Fall Fest and its after-school program for grades three through five because it can’t find enough staff, the Valley News reported.   Why can’t the town find enough staff? The town manager cited the […]

Students are heading back to school, and based on media reports you might expect them to be sitting in classrooms without a teacher. News organizations nationwide have published stories raising alarms about dire school staffing shortages. So why do hiring and staffing data tell a completely different story? The New Hampshire Department of Education announced […]

By Jason Sorens Gov. Chris Sununu and his opponent, Sen. Tom Sherman, have proposed reforms to alleviate New Hampshire’s severe housing shortage. How do those proposals compare, and how effective would they be? A brief overview of each suggests that neither would solve New Hampshire’s housing shortage, but Gov. Sununu’s initiative would be likely to […]

On August 23, a handful of state laws crafted to address New Hampshire’s housing shortage take effect. Though the big reforms were left on the Legislature’s cutting room floor, these modest changes might prove helpful.  The splashiest change, which might prompt some warrant articles next spring, applies zoning exemptions carved out for 55+ communities to […]

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New Hampshire collected a record $430.1 million budget surplus in the 2022 fiscal year, which ended June 30th. Most of it is already gone.  From January to June, legislators spent $261.7 million — or 60% — of the surplus. For context, the amount of new spending in 2022 was just a bit larger than the […]

If you planned to start a new enterprise and hire someone to run it, you’d probably avoid applicants who racked up disastrous safety records and massive financial deficits on their way to being investigated and placed under remedial safety orders by the feds. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation, though, has tapped an operator with […]