LFDA Highlights

Every day, Highlight stories, written by our editors, dig into the facts behind key New Hampshire policy issues. We try to present both sides of the story,  in an effort to give a balanced and insightful look at the facts. Read on to get informed.   

cash balance retirement plan

Cash balance plan for public employees?

Sep 21, 2017

Next year the New Hampshire Legislature will consider whether to allow new public employees to switch to a cash balance retirement plan.

Right now the New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS) offers pensions - regular payments for life - for workers who retire from public jobs. A worker's...Read more

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Should NH House committees livestream their meetings?

Sep 20, 2017

State Rep. Jim McConnell, R-Swanzey, is sponsoring a bill in the next legislative session that would require all House committees to make live video of their meetings available online....Read more

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Community College System questioned over spending, accountability

Sep 20, 2017

The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) is falling short on responsible spending and accountability, according to an audit by the Legislative Budget Assistant.

Audit finds management shortcomings

The audit, which was discussed during a legislative committee meeting...Read more

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Sanders proposes universal healthcare bill

Sep 19, 2017

Vermont senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a bill that would create a universal healthcare system in the U.S.

Sanders’ plan is called the Medicare for All Act. The Act would gradually expand the Medicare program over a four-year period of time, lowering...Read more


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More NH residents have insurance

Sep 19, 2017

According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of New Hampshire residents without health insurance has decreased from 11% to 6% since 2013. 

More insured...Read more

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Victim anonymity in NH

Sep 18, 2017

The New Hampshire Supreme Court is currently considering changes to how court records identify crime victims.

There’s no law in New Hampshire that dictates how victims’ names should be used in court records, which means the decision can often be left to police or prosecutors when they...Read more

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New marijuana law in effect

Sep 18, 2017

New Hampshire will now treat possession of three-quarters of an ounce or less of marijuana as a violation, similar to a speeding ticket.  

The new law went into effect this weekend, making New Hampshire the 22nd state to...Read more

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NH Dept. of Education announces vendor for new standardized tests

Sep 16, 2017

On September 13 the New Hampshire Department of Education announced that American Institutes for Research (AIR) will develop new statewide assessment tests in English and mathematics.

The assessment tests will replace the Smarter Balanced assessments, which are affiliated with the Common...Read more

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WOW Trail extension?

Sep 17, 2017

Some New Hampshire residents are seeking permission from the state to extend Laconia’s popular WOW (Winnisquam, Opechee, Winnipesaukee) Trail from Lakeport to The Weirs along a state-owned railroad corridor. The 5-mile addition is the last of three construction phases envisioned by the trail’s...Read more

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is racism a problem in NH?

Is racism a widespread problem in NH?

Sep 15, 2017

A series of racial incidents over the past year have some advocates calling for more policies and programs to fight racism in New Hampshire.

A series of racial incidents

This September the Oyster River Cooperative School District announced an investigation into racist comments...Read more

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Durham may rename Columbus Day in honor of Native Americans, explorers

Sep 14, 2017

On Monday, September 18 the Durham Town Council will vote on a proposal to establish "The Age of Exploration and Indigenous Peoples' Day" on the second Monday in October. The goal is to replace Columbus Day, which is a federal holiday.

Supporters of the proposal argue that renaming the...Read more

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Medicare For All

Shaheen sponsors universal health care bill

Sep 14, 2017

Senator Jeanne Shaheen is a co-sponsor of a bill to enroll all U.S. citizens in Medicare, ending private health insurance.

The bill is sponsored by Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Shaheen released the following...Read more



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