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Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 16, 2021

Apr 15, 2021
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We speak with Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy about the governor's lifting of the statewide mask mandate, the current legislative session, and the state budget. We also learn about the resignation of a Rochester City Councilor in the midst of a sex abuse investigation. And, we talk with NHPR reporters about the state's pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and school reopening efforts. 

Air date: Friday, April 16, 2021. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 9, 2021

Apr 8, 2021
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We speak with Senate President Chuck Morse about New Hampshire's budget, gubernatorial powers in a state of emergency, and school funding. We also meet New Hampshire's first Director of Outdoor Recreation Industry Development and learn about the foundation of The New Hampshire Bulletin, a new nonprofit news organization. And, we check in on the state's vaccine rollout and the rise of the new coronavirus variant. 

Air date: Friday, April 9, 2021. 

N.H. State House
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The New Hampshire House will vote this week on its state budget proposal. The Republican written plan differs in key ways from the spending plan proposed by Gov. Chris Sununu. And it includes policies Sununu says he would veto.

NHPR's Rick Ganley spoke with senior political reporter Josh Rogers about the policy and the politics behind the House budget plan.

Gov. Chris Sununu handed off his state budget to the House Finance Committee Wednesday, stressing what he called the plan’s “balance.”

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Feb. 12, 2021

Feb 11, 2021
Sara Plourde

We discuss Governor Sununu's 2021 Budget Address. We also explore how the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is going in New Hampshire, including the state's new method for scheduling appointments for second doses. And, we chat with Granite Stater Chris Viaud about competing on Top Chef. 

Air date: Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. 

Dan Tuohy for NHPR

In the three weeks since Governor Sununu vetoed a $13 billion state budget passed by Democrats in the Legislature, the state has been operating on a three-month "continuing resolution" and political leaders have  gone back and forth between pointing fingers and signaling progress on reaching agreement, as negotiations and meetings have continued. Governor Sununu recently met privately with municipal leaders who have expressed concern over the veto's impact on essential programs and services. We take a close look at what the budget right now contains, key areas of disagreement, and prospects for compromise. 

josh rogers/nhpr

The state Senate hopes to collect millions more in business taxes by bringing New Hampshire into conformity with federal tax changes enacted in 2017.

By one estimate the state could see its business tax base grow by 13 % over the next decade if it moves to align state tax policy with the federal changes. But while such a move is expected to net the state millions, it's hard to know exactly how many.

Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Feltes says by his calculation that number could be about $50 million each year, but: