City teachers’ union rejects contract proposal | New Hampshire NEWS06: “City teachers have overwhelmingly rejected contract modifications touted as saving the jobs of 143 teachers.
The 143 positions are among the 161 school employees who have been told they can expect to lose their jobs when school ends in June.
Union President Ben Dick said the Manchester Education Association (MEA) membership voted to reject the proposal by a 3-1 margin.
“It should never have been the sole option” for saving teachers jobs, Dick said.
With the proposed contract concessions rejected, the MEA will lobby aldermen for more money for the schools.
“We still have the ability to receive a budget that is above the budget proposed before,” Dick said.”
Brawny plumbers, pipefitters clean up Valley Cemetery | New Hampshire NEWS
: “Historic Valley Cemetery is a favorite target of vandals who get their kicks toppling granite and limestone tombstones and pushing obelisks off their bases.
Storms also have taken their toll, with falling branches damaging the antique grave markers.
Last weekend, a group of about 30 members of New Hampshire Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 131, volunteered to set things straight, up righting grave markers and gluing together stones broken in two and putting them back in the ground, making sure to compact the dirt to anchor them in place.
Daniel Coffey, the local’s training coordinator, said some of the limestone and granite makers weighed more than 600 pounds each, requiring four to six men to lift them.”
Fire on nuke-powered sub at Maine shipyard hurts 6 – Boston.com: “KITTERY, Maine—A fire on a nuclear-powered submarine at a Maine shipyard has injured six people, including a firefighter.
Fire crews responded Wednesday to the USS Miami SSN 755 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on an island in Kittery, a town near Portsmouth, N.H., popular with tourists.
The shipyard says the injured people have been treated and released. The firefighter suffered heat exhaustion.
The fire still was not out shortly before midnight but shipyard spokesman Capt. Bryant Fuller says the situation is improving.
Shipyard public affairs specialist Gary Hildreth says the fire started in the forward compartment of the sub. The shipyard says the sub’s reactor wasn’t operating at the time and was unaffected.”
O’Brien: N.H. GOP was given a conservative mandate | SeacoastOnline.com
: “PORTSMOUTH — House Speaker Bill O’Brien said both the tone in Concord and the focus of the current Legislature is a result of a perceived fiscal and social mandate from voters who swept Republicans into the majority in 2010.
O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, and Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, R-Salem, spoke at length with the Portsmouth Herald’s editorial board about the Legislature’s focus on the economy and also social issues such as abortion and gay marriage.
Voters overwhelmingly supported Republicans in 2010 who pledged to bring fiscal conservancy to Concord, but O’Brien said that “mandate” from voters went beyond balancing the state budget.”
Legislature has week to compromise – NashuaTelegraph.com: “CONCORD – With relative breakneck speed, the state Senate on Wednesday set the stage for final negotiations over the 2012 legislative session, killing 14 bills and giving final approval to 26 others.
Among the big casualties were bills to require a waiting period before a woman could have an abortion, to let cities and towns create a one-year moratorium on accepting new refugees and to eliminate the university system’s chancellor’s office.
The Senate also killed an entire rewrite of the state’s corporate laws that the House had turned into a study.
Last week, Senate leaders made clear they would kill bills the House had used to attach other topics, many the Senate had already rejected.”
Lynch cites safety, uses his veto pen | New Hampshire NEWS06
: “Gov. John Lynch cited concerns raised by top state safety officials Wednesday when vetoing a bill that would prohibit New Hampshire motor vehicle records from being used in any federal identification database.
The move surprised the bill’s prime sponsor, state Rep. Seth Cohn, who described House Bill 1549 as an attempt to safeguard people’s privacy rights from federal intrusion. He vowed to mount an override challenge.
Lynch said the bill is so broadly written that it could “interfere or complicate valid law enforcement efforts.”
It also would “disrupt routine, time-honored law enforcement procedures,” such as state law enforcers’ ability to share information with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Secret Service investigating credible threats against the President, vice-president or presidential candidates, he added.”
Dick Pollock: Legislature taking NH apart one program at a time: “I realized later that my nightmare was your nightmare too. Indeed it is real and is happening in Concord as we speak. The nightmare, of course, is what has become of our State Legislature and worse yet what is happening to our state. The Tea Party/Free State Republican-led Legislature, particularly the House, is taking New Hampshire apart one program at a time with no intent of putting anything back or to replace it with something better….And now with a series of proposed constitutional amendments the Legislature is trying to make some changes permanent. When you go to the polls in November you will, in all probability, be asked to ratify these changes. Before you vote “yes” be sure you know what you are saying “yes” to:
CACR 12 effectively defunds public education and puts the Legislature entirely in charge of education standards and funding.
CACR 13 prohibits any new tax on personal income and makes it law. Bond rating agencies are already downgrading the state for its talk of emasculating the Legislature from considering these funding options. At a minimum it is irresponsible and unnecessary.
CACR 26 relating to the administration of the courts repeals the Supreme Courts role in establishing rules for the courts and gives it to the Legislature.
CACR 6 requires a 3/5 vote for the establishment of any new taxes or fees instead of a simple majority.
This most recent behavior is on top of a host of legislation or attempted legislation that is changing the very nature of state government and violating the democratic principles that both Republicans and Democrats have subscribed to for over 200 years.”
Education funding all about language | New Hampshire NEWS06
: “Lawmakers are trying to negotiate a proposed constitutional amendment that would shift more control of public education and its funding from the courts to the Legislature, thereby setting goals, rather than setting specific language.
“Let’s see if we can agree on common goals as a committee,” said Rep. Lynn Ober, R-Hudson, the conference committee chair. “When you work on the specific language, it is easy to get bogged down.”
House and Senate leaders and Gov. John Lynch’s office have been meeting on language that could be put before voters in November, but to date no agreement has been reached.
The Senate and Lynch reached agreement earlier this year, but the House rejected similar language and instead House leadership released a new version about a month ago.”
NH lawmakers set goal for school funding amendment: “CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Negotiators have set goals for a proposed change to the New Hampshire Constitution to shift more control over public school aid from the courts to the Legislature, but have yet to agree on wording for an amendment to put before voters.
House and Senate negotiators held their first public meeting Tuesday. They agreed the amendment should allow the state to target aid to poorer communities, protect charter and home school alternatives, restore a traditional cost-sharing arrangement with communities and raise the legal standard to overturn state education laws.
The state is currently required under a landmark 1997 state Supreme Court ruling to provide all public school children with an adequate education. New Hampshire lawmakers have tried and failed dozens of times over the years to nullify the ruling”
Biden makes whirlwind tour through Granite State | New Hampshire NEWS0605
: “Vice President Joe Biden swept through the Granite State Tuesday with stops in Manchester, Peterborough and Keene.
The visit was his fourth to New Hampshire this year to campaign for President Barack Obama ahead of November’s election.
Speaking to a crowd of almost 500 people at Keene State College Tuesday afternoon, Biden first defended Obama’s administration and the tough decisions it has had to make after the economy tanked in the fall of 2008 and then spoke to what Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s approach would be.”
Some of the issues left prior to the summer recess.
Senate, House still have key issues to resolve | New Hampshire NEWS06
: “The Senate and House still have a number of key issues and bills to resolve before they adjourn for the summer.
The Senate Wednesday asked the House to try to negotiate compromises on a number of bills. The negotiators have about a week to work out their differences.
The Senate wants to talk to the House about Senate Bill 212, which establishes the parameters for how risk management polls, such as the Local Government Center, Primex and SchoolCare, may operate.
The House version establishes defines reserves and surpluses, sets thresholds for returning surpluses to communities and allows the pools to retain some surplus for rate stabilization, according to Sen. Raymond White, R-Bedford, who tried unsuccessfully to convince his colleagues to agree to the House version of the bill.”
NH unemployment drops | New Hampshire NEWS02
: “CONCORD — The unemployment rate in all New Hampshire counties dropped in April as 1,380 Granite Staters returned to work, according to a state government news release Wednesday.
New Hampshire Employment Security, in its report of seasonally unadjusted labor figures, said all of the state’s 10 counties showed a percentage decrease in the jobless rate in April.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the statewide jobless rate dropped to 5 percent in April, from 5.2 percent March. Initial statewide figures were released last week.”
– NashuaTelegraph.com: “Unemployment rates plunged around the region in April compared to a month earlier and are slightly lower than a year earlier, according to the latest data from the state.
The April jobless results look startlingly good in some cases: Greenville’s unemployment rate plunged from 8.4 percent in March to 5.5 percent in April, for example, and Litchfield’s fell from 6.7 percent to 5.1 percent. But limitations in the way the numbers are collected means month-to-month results should be taken with a grain of salt.”
CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have introduced a bill that would remove barriers for small businesses seeking to export their products and services.
The bipartisan bill improves coordination between federal and state agencies.
It places a representative of state trade agencies on a federal panel in charge of export promotion services. It requires the Small Business Administration to hold events in each state about export opportunities. It also directs a trade promotion committee to identify opportunities to consolidate unnecessary government offices.
Shaheen and Ayotte, who serve on the Senate Small Business Committee, are sponsoring the bill in response to feedback they heard from New Hampshire businesses during a hearing in Manchester last August.
Last year, international sales generated over $4 billion in revenue for New Hampshire firms.
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