NH House quietly kills free skiing bill

By Grant Bosse on February 21, 2013

The New Hampshire House yesterday killed a bill that would have allowed them to accept free lift tickets at state-owned Cannon Mountain, without debate or recorded vote. NH Public Radio’s Michael Brindley reports on the free skiing bill fading away.

House Minority Leader Gene Chandler says the intent of the long-held practice was for lawmakers to experience first-hand a park they oversee in the budget.

“But now I think it’s gone past having an explanation about how it might be a good idea and it’s just flat out gonna look bad if we do it.”

The issue was raised last year when a state lawmaker asked the legislative ethics committee whether he could accept the ski passes. It was found the ski passes exceeded the 25 dollar cap on gifts lawmakers can accept.

The effort to restore a perk that the Legislative Ethics Committee took away in 2011 gained national attention following a story here at NH Watchdog two weeks ago spotlighting the bill.

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The Middle Class

By Grant Bosse on October 9, 2012

NHPR’s The Exchange examines the economic and political role of the Middle Class in America. Guests include:

  • Charlie Arlinghaus – President of the Josiah Bartlett Center For Public Policy, a free-market think tank based in Concord.
  • Dennis Delay – Economist for the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies and New Hampshire Forecast Manager for the New England Economic Partnership
  • Andy Smith – Director of the UNH Survey Center and Associate Professor of Political Science at UNH

Listen to the complete program at NHPR.org.

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O’Brien digs into NH Liquor Commission

By Grant Bosse on August 24, 2012

Josh Rogers at NH Public Radio reports on House Speaker Bill O’Brien convening a committee to look into the numerous scandals pouring out of the NH Liquor Commission.

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Breaking down the ObamaCare decision

By Grant Bosse on June 29, 2012

Charlie Arlinghaus joins New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Exchange as New Hampshire reacts to yesterday’s 5-4 decision in NFIB v. Sebelius.

Charles Arlinghaus – President of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy
Tom Bunnell – Director of the Institute for Health, Law and Ethics at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and Policy consultant for NH Voices for Health
Dean Spiliotes – Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University and founder of the political blog, NHpoliticalcapital.com.

Listen to NHPR at 89.1 FM in Concord or online at NHPR.org.

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The future of “The Pledge”

By Grant Bosse on June 20, 2012

Charlie Arlinghaus and Mark Fernald debate whether New Hampshire should keep “The Pledge” to veto a sales or income tax in this episode of “The Exchange” on New Hampshire Public Radio.

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State House Roundup

By Grant Bosse on June 7, 2012

NH Public Radio’s Josh Rogers reports that following yesterday’s failure to pass an education funding amendment through the House, it turns out Governor John Lynch never spoke to the House Democrats to support it.

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State House Roundup

By Grant Bosse on May 10, 2012

In the Union Leader, Garry Rayno reports on the Senate voting to restore the right of taxpayers to sue local government.

Ted Seifer reports on the House and Senate feuding over a bill that would either transfer money to the Rainy Day Fund or prevent the DRA from collecting taxes on internet access.
Siefer also writes up the House approving the Ten Year Highway Plan.
New Hampshire Public Radio’s Dan Gorenstein reports on the Executive Council approving a contract for Managed Care of the state’s Medicaid program.

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Bottled Water Wars on NH Public Radio

By Grant Bosse on May 9, 2012

NH Public Radio’s The Exchange debates the movement to ban bottled water this morning at 9am. Listen live at NHPR.org.

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State House Roundup- Internet Taxes, Certificate of Need, and Medicaid

By Grant Bosse on April 27, 2012

New Hampshire Public Radio’s Sam Evans-Brown reports that the Senate Finance Committee moved to block the state’s tax collectors from taxing internet service.
Annemarie Timmins writes for the Concord Monitor on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee chopping up a pair of House bills to keep the state’s Certificate of Need Board on life support.
The Union Leader’s Mark Hayward reports on the hospitals suing the state over cuts to Medicaid going straight to the federal government for help.

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Integrity in NH Government on The Exchange

By Grant Bosse on April 4, 2012

Grant Bosse joins NH Public Radio’s Laura Knoy on The Exchange Thursday morning to discuss a new report giving New Hampshire mixed reviews on public integrity.

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