N.H. students scramble to find summer jobs » Latest News » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: “The state’s unemployment rate is dropping, but that’s little consolation for high school and college students struggling to find summer jobs.
Few positions are available for the dozens or, in some cases, hundreds of young people applying at local businesses.
They’re just looking to earn some money flipping burgers, serving food at restaurants or scooping ice cream at shops such as Moo’s Place in Derry.
“We’ve seen more applications this year than we’ve ever seen,” Moo’s owner Steve LaRocca said. “I likely have over 100 applications on my desk.”
That’s about 40 percent more than usual, he said.”
A full write up on all the big issues from the NH House yesterday.
House votes for access to sealed bids | Concord Monitor: “The House voted yesterday to continue a legislative committee overseeing the privatization of the state’s prisons and to give it what critics say is inappropriate access to sealed bids from companies who want the job.
The bill “creates the beginning of a slippery slope,” said Rep. Robert Foose, a New London Democrat. “The committee is intruding itself on the work of the executive branch (by) gaining access in ways that are not done in any other purchasing processes” in the state.
Foose persuaded some but not most. The House voted 220-101 to give the committee greater access to bid information after being told by another lawmaker it was the only way to keep prison officials honest as the bids are evaluated.”
Senate says no to landlords, yes to Laconia prison sale | Concord Monitor: “Laconia prison
The state and the city of Laconia can move forward on negotiating a price for the former Laconia prison and the 230 acres around it. Without debate, the Senate set aside a requirement that the property sell for at least $10 million, an asking price the Legislature set last year.
The city has offered the state $2.16 million for the property, the same amount a state assessor deemed the site worth. The Senate did not accept that offer yesterday, but rather allowed the state to proceed with another assessment if it wants and further negotiations.”
$400k of Nashua’s snow removal surplus to be put towards downtown sidewalk improvements – NashuaTelegraph.com: “At least some of the dollars that the city has saved on its lack of snow-removal operations this past winter will be put toward that effort.
“There’s a lot of work that’s going to be done,” Lozeau said.
For the Public Works Division, sidewalks are a “focus” this season, she said.
“Every year, the division makes decisions about what the priorities are and what the focus areas are for that coming season,” Lozeau said. She assured aldermen, “there’s nothing that’s not going to happen because they’re working on the sidewalks.”
The Public Works Division has proposed a $9.63 million budget for fiscal year 2013, which carries a 1.7 percent increase over the current budget.
Most of the sidewalk work will be done in-house by street department and public works employees, Lozeau said, though some of the sidewalk work may be contracted out.”
Joe Biden Coming to NH Next Week – Nashua, NH Patch: “Vice President Joe Biden will return to New Hampshire next week, a campaign official confirmed this afternoon.
Biden is scheduled to speak at a political event on Tuesday, May 22 in Keene. No further details have been released.”
“IB Bill” Goes Down in the Senate | New Hampshire Public Radio: “The Senate has unanimously voted against a bill that would have prohibited the use of International Baccalaureate curriculum in New Hampshire Schools.
The state’s IB program became controversial after parents in Bedford and Merrimack complained that it has political, anti-american overtones.
But even Senators who have concerns, like Republican Jim Forsythe, decided Wednesday not to supersede local schools’ decision to use IB.
Forsythe: It’s not our place to override local control, if communities choose to adopt this program, whether we like it or not, they should be free to adopt that.
IB supporters flocked to the statehouse two weeks ago to tell senators that the program promotes global understanding and is part of a college preparatory track.
Opponents of the IB program say that they will continue to fight its implementation in the granite state.”
Legislative checklist found lacking in NH – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Looking back at our state legislative session, I am dismayed at what the Legislature in Concord has “accomplished.”
Repealing the minimum wage? Check.
Allowing one parent in a classroom to dictate what the entire class should study? Check.
Cutting access to Medicaid for seniors? Check.
Pushing right-to-work and other attacks on workers for a second year in a row? Check.
Maybe these count as accomplishments to far-right groups like Americans for Prosperity, the American Legislative Exchange Council and the tea party.
But when it comes to creating good jobs, making our communities safer and ensuring a better future for our kids, all I see is a big question mark.
Missing is a serious commitment to the people who elected them in the first place. Real leaders focus on what really matters to the people they represent.
On this, our current leaders have failed to deliver.”
NH Union Leader WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, UPDATE:
KERRY FOR HASSAN. Democratic candidate for governor Maggie Hassan is picking up high-powered support this week. The Granite Status has learned that Massachusetts U.S. Sen. John Kerry is the special guest at a fund-raiser for Hassan at an undisclosed location in Boston on Friday morning.
Tickets for the breakfast reception range from $250 to $2,500. Hassan is in a party primary against another former state senator, Jackie Cilley.
House decorum: Bluster and blame | New Hampshire OPINION01: “O’Brien, though, is far from blameless. He has contributed to the problem with an attitude that has come across as coldly dismissive of opponents both without and within his own party. And in his aggressive quest to win political battles, he has sometimes lost sight of the bigger picture. Commanding nearly three-quarters of the 400-member House does give one a mandate to pursue one’s policies. But it is not wise to use too heavy a hand in doing so.”
House speaker must answer for actions: An open letter from Terri Norrelli: “Charging taxpayers for Republican political recruiting trips is an abuse of the public trust and of taxpayers’ money. While Mr. Mead made the reimbursement request, the responsibility for his actions rests with the Speaker and the Majority Leader. The public deserves an apology for your actions and explanation of who authorized Mr. Mead to recruit Republican candidates on the taxpayers’ dime.
Terie Norelli of Portsmouth is the N.H. House minority leader.”