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Drifting Toward 'Downshifting'


A new report from the NH Center for Public Policy Studies shows that one of the biggest challenges facing cities and towns in the Granite State is reductions in state aid, while the demand for public services remains high.  This is even more amplified during our town meeting season as residents sort out what they can truly afford.  But some lawmakers argue that local control means local responsibility for funding these services.  We'll explore the arguments around this debate.


  • Daniel Barrick - Deputy Director, New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, which recently published a study on the effects of downshifting costs from the state to local level
  • Elizabeth Dragon - President of the Municipal Management Association of New Hampshire, which is composed of appointed local government officials serving in managerial positions throughout the State, including town/city managers, town administrators, and administrative assistants. She is also town manager for the city of Franklin.
  • Rep. Kenneth Weyler -  Republican state representative from Kingston and member of the House Finance Committee.

Click here to read the report this show was inspired from. Its called "Financing NH's Cities and Towns: Through 2011