Budget cuts mean bigger class sizes in Manchester schools | New Hampshire NEWS04: “Teaching staff reductions linked to budget cuts could mean placing 41 students in a math class at Central High School, 39 kids in an English class at Memorial and 39 students in one geometry class at West High School, according to preliminary figures for this school year.
Administrators and staffers, meanwhile, are in the process of arranging desks at more than 20 city schools to see whether they can accommodate projected larger classes, according to Superintendent Tom Brennan.”
GOP’s income tax amendment weakens anti-tax pledge | SeacoastOnline.com: “”Although I remain opposed to an income tax, I don’t think it’s wise to close the door on legitimate discussion. I think this could come back to haunt Republicans,” said Republican state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt of Manchester.
And if it fails, Democrats could try to argue voters don’t oppose the tax, he said.
“I don’t think it will pass,” said Pamela Walsh, senior adviser to the state Democratic Party. “The people of New Hampshire don’t want to mess with the constitution. But if it did pass, it would not be in the best long-term political strategy for Republicans because that is essentially the issue they run on.””
As support from state wanes, tuitions rise – SentinelSource.com: Local News: “The price of attending Keene State College for students from New Hampshire has grown more than 60 percent in the last seven years.
This year alone students will pay about $1,000 more in tuition and fees than they did last year.”
More funds needed for new bridge | SeacoastOnline.com: We learned this week that the Maine Department of Transportation has started the first phase of the design process for the replacement of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge. While it is certainly the correct decision to make, it can’t be a very comfortable one for the MDOT.
On the one hand, MDOT officials know that the process has to begin now in order for construction to get under way by 2015. That’s not just an arbitrary date, either. The Long Bridge, built in 1940, will end its useful life by then. Just as Memorial Bridge before it, it is now the No. 1 red-listed bridge in the state of New Hampshire, which co-owns it.
Officials looking to September primary as practice run for new voter ID law – NashuaTelegraph.com: “New Hampshire’s voter ID law in a nutshell
Do I need one?
You don’t need any kind of ID for the primary election on Sept. 11.
You don’t need any kind of ID for the general election on Nov. 13. Without one, you’ll have to fill out a “challenged voter affidavit,” providing contact information so the state can check that it was actually you who voted. Assuming no changes are made by the new Legislature after the election, this will also be the system for Town Meeting ballot elections in March.
For the general election in November 2013, a voter ID will be required with some exceptions. For example, no ID is needed to obtain and send in an absentee ballot.”