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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

Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

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