Manchester school chief wants to see 80 jobs restored | New Hampshire NEWS06: “MANCHESTER — Superintendent of Schools Thomas Brennan will propose bringing back about 80 school staff tonight, including some jobs that could save the German and Latin programs at city high schools.
When the Board of School Committee meets at 7 p.m., in City Hall, it must decide how to spend the $152 million in city funds allocated to it by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, as well as the $2.3 million from the school district’s expendable trusts the school board voted last week to spend for teachers and staff.
Brennan and his administration have recommended restoring 80 positions that were slated for layoffs or were to be left vacant due to resignations and retirements.”
Durham Firefighters Hold Ceremony to Welcome Tank 4 to Department: “DURHAM, N.H. — Firefighters, their families, town officials and community members welcomed Tank 4 to the department Wednesday morning with a ceremony full of firefighting tradition.
In his 23 years with the department, Fire Chief Corey Landry said he had never partaken in such a ceremony but felt it was an important event to hold bringing the new truck into service.”
N.H. economy gives businesses reason for optimism: “While nationally the unemployment rate rose a tick in May, to 8.2 percent, New Hampshire’s jobless rate is 5 percent, the sixth-lowest rate in the nation, unchanged from April (representing a loss of 410 jobs, actually) and less than a half a percent better than last year.
But in the North Country, the April figure was as high as 10.4 percent (in the Colebrook area), 9.2 percent (Berlin area) and 8.4 percent (Coos County).
“The first six months are very disappointing,” said Russ Thibeault, an economist with Applied Economic Research in Laconia. “It looked like we were getting some forward momentum. It’s not robust. It’s kind of flat, kind of blah.”
So why does Donna Goodrich, president of Top Furniture in Gorham — in the heart of the depressed North Country — have that smile in her voice?”
What about your insurance coverage in the wake of today’s health care decision? | New Hampshire NEWS: “MANCHESTER — What will happen to your insurance coverage once a decision is handed down today from the U.S. Supreme Court on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?
That not only depends on the ruling, but on who insures you and your family.
Cigna and Anthem won’t comment until after the ruling. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and UnitedHealthcare have committed to continuing certain popular provisions of the act, regardless of which way the court rules. ”
U.S. Supreme Court health care decision | New Hampshire NEWS06: “Reaction to Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the key individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act was predictably split along party lines.
The three Republicans in New Hampshire’s congressional delegation New Hampshire’s and the two GOP candidates for governor said that although law’s centerpiece is constitutional, it remains bad public policy.
Democrats, including outgoing Gov. John Lynch, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and the party’s candidates for the U.S. House and governor hailed the ruling.”
New Hampshire GOP Speaker Discourages Students From Voting Because They’ll Vote ‘Liberal’ | ThinkProgress: “As ThinkProgress has been reporting, the slew of unnecessary voter ID laws passed by Republicans in many states this year are a transparent attempt to disenfranchise core Democratic voters, especially college students, the poor and minorities. But Republicans usually claim these laws are passed for the sake of curbing nonexistent voter fraud — it’s rare to have one admit their intention is to stop Democrats from getting to the polls.
But that’s exactly what New Hampshire Speaker William O’Brien (R) told a Tea Party crowd recently. As the new laws are already stifling students’ efforts to participate politically, O’Brien confessed that he wanted to make it more difficult for students to vote because they “vote their feelings” — i.e. vote as liberals:”
Does New Hampshire have an immigration problem? – SentinelSource.com: Editorial: “n a case of insisting on a solution to a problem that does not appear to exist, House Speaker William O’Brien says police in New Hampshire should be empowered to check the immigration status of anyone they stop for whatever reason.
The imperative from the Mont Vernon Republican came after the U.S. Supreme Court this week upheld one portion of an Arizona law that contains such a provision. O’Brien told the Union Leader newspaper that New Hampshire especially needs such a law because it’s a border state, as is Arizona. He said the high court decision gives the state “a road map” to Arizona-type legislation here.”
– NashuaTelegraph.com: “We’re really focused on educating and training people for the workplace,” Gittell said. “The community colleges are a bridge to economic opportunity for a lot of the students we serve.”
Tuition at New Hampshire’s community colleges is half the cost of tuition at the state’s four-year universities. Not only that, but students can transfer their credits to those universities to receive a bachelor’s degree in four years – two spent at the community college and the final two at a place like UNH.”