‘Obscene’ cost to fight LGC case sparks new controversy | SeacoastOnline.com: “CONCORD — When a Bureau of Securities Regulations lawyer told the Herald “there’s something obscene about two government-funded agencies involved in litigation, with taxpayers paying both sides,” it led to a closed-door meeting and, reported N.H. Public Radio, an attempt to restrict the speech of state officials.
The “obscene” comment was made by BSR attorney Earle Wingate III to the Herald last Friday when Wingate estimated the Local Government Center will spend $1 million “or better” on lawyers to defend itself against BSR claims alleging it skimmed and mismanaged $100 million of insurance money.
Two days later, both parties met for a hearing when, reported NHPR, “LGC attorney Bill Saturley asked presiding officer Donald Mitchell to restrict lawyers from speaking to reporters.” NHPR reported the non-public discussion was in response to the Herald’s story and that the hearings officer denied Saturley’s request to restrict Wingate’s access to the media.”
Schools will get better says new education chief – East Hampshire – The News: “Mrs Mitchell said: ‘There’s a view that schools in the city are not as good as they should be and we have a responsibility to change that.
‘I believe it is possible. It’s all about high standards, good teaching, good learning and making sure you know where each child is. Secondary schools have a legacy of underachievement but that is changing.
‘Heads and teachers believe, as I do, that every school should be a great school which helps children reach their full potential.’
Mrs Mitchell is under no illusions about the pressures schools are under with budget cuts, tougher Ofsted inspections and a secretary of state who is constantly raising targets.
And while local education authorities nationwide have been pared back to a bare minimum, she sees her department as vital to supporting school improvement – with the power to carry out inspections and even ask the government to intervene.”
Lynch Scolds LRGH | Laconia Daily Sun: “On Tuesday, LRGH announced that a dozen of its primary care offices will no longer provide services to some 3,500 current and new Medicaid patients after the middle of next month. Emergency services will continue to be provided to Medicaid patients at both Lakes Region General Hospital and Franklin Regional Hospital. Patients enrolled in the New Hampshire Healthy Kids program and those receiving pre-natal care at Caring for Women will continue to be served by their providers. Other patients will be directed to rural and community health centers in the Lakes and Twin Rivers regions.”
Hospital cuts 3,500 patients from rolls | New Hampshire NEWS12: “The Lakes Region’s largest health care company, LRGHealthcare in Laconia, plans to eliminate regular care for its 3,500 Medicaid patients next month.
LRGHealthcare cited the strain that new state budget cuts have placed on its finances as the reason for the decision. LRGHealthcare has a dozen medical practices throughout the region, including offices in Andover, Franklin, Laconia, Meredith, Tilton and Moultonborough.
Gov. John Lynch said the move is “irresponsible and unnecessary,” and out of keeping with the actions of a nonprofit.”
NH court clerk to take food stamp challenge, blog – Boston.com: “A New Hampshire court clerk says she’ll take a food stamp challenge to live on grocery budget of $31.50 a week.
Melissa Laferriere of Manchester decided to take on the challenge put before members of the State Employees Association. She also plans to blog about her dietary exploits on a platform provided by the union.
The $31.50 per week is the national average food stamp benefit for qualifying adults. This averages out to $4.50 per day.”
One person, one vote threat to NH constitution – NashuaTelegraph.com: “In 2006, voters amended the N.H. Constitution to try and ensure more towns and wards get their own state lawmaker. The Republican-led Legislature crafted this amendment in response to the New Hampshire Supreme Court having taken over the process of legislative redistricting in 2002. Court-created districts increased the number of state legislators chosen in large, multiple town districts, such as 13 chosen by voters in Hudson, Litchfield and Pelham.
But Mosca warned the federal principle of one person, one vote trumps the state Constitution and the population disparity between all districts cannot be more than 10 percent.
Once you give large enough towns and wards their own state legislator, you quickly end up with population disparity that far exceeds that standard, he continued.”
Hassan all about jobs, education | SeacoastOnline.com: “”We will be developing more policy proposals as the campaign proceeds, but what we do know is that the best way to attract businesses to a state is to have a work force that is well-educated and ready with the skill sets that businesses need,” she said. “What we need to do is create jobs and to be innovative, both in terms of job creation and in terms of how we run state government and the best way to approach that is to come together with people and find out what they need to create jobs.”
Hassan said, once those needs are identified, the focus then needs to be on generating funds to fill those needs and doing so within the state’s revenue structure. That’s where being innovative in both the public and private sectors comes into play, she said.”
First Read – First Thoughts: Is the economy picking up steam?: ” A day of backtracks: Yesterday’s news from the GOP campaign amounted to a day of backtracks. First, after declining on Tuesday to comment on Ohio’s referendum on its collective-bargaining law, Romney apologized. “I’m sorry if I created any confusion in that regard,” Romney said at a rally in Fairfax, VA yesterday. “I fully support Gov. Kasich’s, I think it’s called Question 2, in Ohio. Fully support that.” (It’s called Issue 2.) Next, Perry walked back his birther comments yesterday. “I don’t think I was expressing doubts,” he said of his previous comments about the validity of the president’s birth certificate in an interview with Tampa’s Bay News 9 to be aired Sunday, per the St. Petersburg Times. “I was just having some fun with Donald Trump.” Folks, neither candidate has had a very good week. Just read the paragraph again.”