For many in NH, power won’t be on soon | New Hampshire NEWS11: “CONCORD – Thousands of New Hampshire residents begin today without power as many schools remain closed for a second consecutive day and scores of roads are impassable.
(Click here for a list of closings and delays from WMUR.com)
Sunshine and warm temperatures – today’s high in Manchester is forecast at 47 degrees – will prove little consolation for those suffering through the Halloween weekend snowstorm. Public Service of New Hampshire on Monday identified two large areas where it expects power to be out for several days: areas south of Route 4 from Concord to the Seacoast, and the southern tier from Temple eastward.”
Lawmakers freeze salaries for some legislative workers | New Hampshire NEWS06: “The move saves about $50,000 and affects 56 workers who work jointly for the House and Senate. The vote to freeze their pay passed 7-2, and was opposed by Democratic leaders Sen. Sylvia Larsen of Concord and Rep. Terie Norelli of Portsmouth.”
What We Learn (or Don’t) From Test Scores – NYTimes.com: “I was devastated by Michael Winerip’s article on how the No Child Left Behind Act has affected the creative teaching at a New Hampshire middle school. It used to be that eighth graders at Oyster River Middle School chose semester-long “genre” projects in English class. They’d pick “a subject area like mysteries, read masters like Agatha Christie, study the writer’s craftsmanship (‘Explain how the author foreshadows doom’), then draft their own.” In science class they would spend two weeks building a real underwater vessel; in social studies they reenacted the Boston Massacre.”
Panel approves watered-down health mandate bill: “A bill that set out to repeal all of the health insurance mandates passed when Democrats last had control of the New Hampshire Legislature will effectively repeal only one – a mandate that insurers pay for midwives – at least in the version passed Tuesday by the House Commerce Committee.
But House Bill 309 does say that a number of other mandates would be subject to a utilization review under rules adopted by the state Insurance Department — early intervention therapy services for developmental disabilities, autism and hearing aids.
The utilization review would allow insurers to deny services, but only for specific reasons.”
The standards of political redistricting – SentinelSource.com: Guest: “The standards of political redistricting
Every 10 years New Hampshire has to redraw voting districts for the House to reflect the federal census. These new districts must comply with both the federal and state constitutions. The federal principle that must be followed is commonly called “one-person-one-vote.” What it means is that districts must be drawn so that everyone’s vote carries approximately the same weight.”
New Hampshire GOP is pushing to get out of the RGGI program. However this program has brought millions into the state and eliminated pollution equivalent to 2500 cars. Why would we want to stop a program that cleans our air and provides needed revenue for New Hampshire? (by NHLNN)
Report: RGGI’s energy savings $4.2m – NashuaTelegraph.com: “New Hampshire got $33 million from these credit auctions over the past three years. The money has been spent on energy-efficiency projects for private businesses, nonprofits and cities and towns.
House Republican leaders mocked the results and said this report reinforces their desire for New Hampshire to leave the program.”
Heating aid levels not looking so hot – NashuaTelegraph.com: “The widespread power outages that accompanied last weekend’s surprise October snowstorm have introduced thousands of people to what it’s like not have heat on a crisp New Hampshire day – and an even chillier New Hampshire night.
Fortunately, this will be a temporary inconvenience for most, one quickly relegated to history once power is restored in a few days.
But what about those individuals and families whose struggle to heat their homes during a typical New England winter is not tied to a freak snowstorm, an ice storm or some other type of meteorological mayhem?”