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Advocates hope to see the ‘year of housing’ in the state house
02-24-2024 11:00 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When the Legislature reconvened in January, the new session was met with a record number of housing bills. But Elissa Margolin is holding off on crowning this session as the “year of housing” – until she sees what policy makes it to the governor’s...

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National Guard to be sent to Southern border after Sununu funding request approved
02-16-2024 12:31 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Members of New Hampshire’s National Guard will be deployed to the Southern Border in Texas, after the legislature authorized $850,000 in funding Friday. Governor Chris Sununu asked the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee for the funding after he...


In his final State of the State speech, Sununu touts New Hampshire success
02-15-2024 5:26 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Governor Chris Sununu is not shy when it comes to presenting New Hampshire as the “envy of the nation.” He’s said it in speeches in Concord, on national television and once again in his final State of the State address.“Our economy was ranked as the...


Testimony says bill could increase homelessness
02-14-2024 5:08 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Brandon Lemay choked up when he talked about housing instability in New Hampshire. Looking at his own lease that ends in February, his rent will go up by $1,000 a month.Housing is already hard to come by statewide, he said. Vacancy rates are low,...


NH rent control bill killed in committee
02-11-2024 9:03 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

To solve the state’s housing shortage, the solution to Rep. David Preece, a Manchester Democrat, is to provide incentives in zoning codes to spur development. Rep. Tim Cahill, a Raymond Republican, has an alternate approach and wants to bring down...


Medical assistance in dying bill draws large turnout
02-07-2024 5:09 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

People in wheelchairs, others relying on crutches, some facing terminal illness and some caregivers packed a hearing Wednesday for a bill that would allow medically assisted dying in New Hampshire.While most of the attendees expressed support for...


House subcommittee formed to address state education funding 
01-09-2024 5:19 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

The state’s education funding formula will be the focus of a select group of lawmakers this session hoping to make it more equitable and pass constitutional muster.The bipartisan group, comprised of members of the House committees on education and...


Secretary of States office to provide voting info for New Americans
11-26-2023 8:30 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When Judge Andrea Johnston swore in 60 new U.S. citizens this summer, she told the crowd that citizenship was not a passive status. It’s an act of democracy.It’s the ability to serve on a jury. It is the freedom of the press and the right to practice...


Opinion: Bipartisan bail reform in NH
11-22-2023 6:00 AM

By LINDA HARRIOTT-GATHRIGHT and DAVID MEUSE

Rep. Linda Harriott-Gathright (D-Nashua) and Rep. David Meuse (D-Portsmouth) serve as ranking and deputy ranking member on the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. In recent years, New Hampshire’s legislature undertook a significant...


PHOTOS: Holiday tree installed at city plaza
11-14-2023 4:58 PM

Members of the Concord General Services department help guide the Concolor Fir tree at city plaza in front of the State House on Tuesday. The holiday tree, donated by Concord Parks & Rec, was brought in from Blossom Hill Cemetery and put in place for...


Outside State House, flags, posters and red hats support Trump as he files for NH ballot 
10-23-2023 6:08 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Forget Mount Rushmore. For Kathy Holmes, former president Donald Trump deserves his own granite glory. Outside the State House on Monday, she waved a homemade sign high over head with Trump’s face as the Old Man on the Mountain.Holmes stood with her...


Charitable gaming commission to examine rent charges and casino growth
10-17-2023 5:10 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Rental fees and the proliferation of casinos within the state were two of the topics that came up before a new study committee responsible for examining charitable gaming operations in New Hampshire.State Senator Timothy Lang expressed concern about...


Enhanced guidelines with new and existing programs address current housing crisis
07-16-2023 1:00 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI 

This year, new reports pinned a daunting number on the scope of New Hampshire’s housing crisis: 23,000 units needed today, to meet the current demand. And it only grows – 60,000 units by 2030, up to 90,000 by 2040. These large-scale numbers quantify...


Sununu signals support for marijuana legalization, day after Senate kills proposal to do so
05-15-2023 5:32 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

For years, advocates pushing for marijuana legalization have highlighted that when it comes to policy, the live-free-or-die state stands on an island. With Maine and Massachusetts legalizing marijuana in 2016 and Vermont following suit in 2020, the...


NH Senate rejects marijuana legalization bill, leaving Live-Free-Or-Die state an outlier in New England
05-12-2023 9:47 AM

Associated Press

The New Hampshire Senate rejected a marijuana legalization bill Thursday, leaving it the only state in New England that makes smoking pot recreationally a crime.Republicans, who control the Senate in the Live Free or Die state, dismissed the bill on a...


Commission to study housing density proposed in state legislature 
04-21-2023 4:55 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

The mix of storefronts, apartment buildings and historic homes just off Main Street is the fabric of the City of Concord’s downtown. There’s a reason there aren’t large homes with front lawns next to the State House or apartment complexes in the...


Community Mental Health Centers call for increased funding to address workforce shortage
04-13-2023 9:48 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A five-day work week quickly becomes six at Community Mental Health Centers across the state, as managers consistently pick up extra shifts.As staffing shortages overlap with an increased demand for services, working extra is the new normal, according...


House passes bipartisan budget, with late amendment from party leaders
04-07-2023 5:55 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

If you ask Matt Wilhelm, affordable housing, public education and access to health care are core issues that drive voters to elect New Hampshire’s 400-member legislative body. These three factors were also the backbone of a bipartisan amendment...


Access to legal counsel could be added to eviction notices to even legal playing field
04-07-2023 5:47 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A new line could now appear on eviction notices – reaffirming a tenant’s right to legal counsel, and pointing them in the direction of assistance from New Hampshire Legal Aid. State lawmakers in the House passed House Bill 379, which proposes adding...


With pandemic-era assistance finished, state budget continues to help support low-income residents
04-05-2023 8:52 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

After millions of dollars of aid for low-income families has ended, including pandemic-era rental assistance and increased food stamp benefits, the House of Representatives will vote on a budget Thursday that looks to continue support for the state’s...


For new Concord lawmaker, ‘parental bill of rights’ was personal fight
03-27-2023 5:58 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

James Roesener was 12 years old when he learned what the word transgender meant.“I wish I could do that. That’s so lucky,” he thought. He knew, growing up, he didn’t identify with being a girl. And throughout high school at Merrimack Valley, he knew...

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