What happened to Executive Councilor Dan St. Hilaire?
Jun01

What happened to Executive Councilor Dan St. Hilaire?

In the midst of a scandal in the State House and political horse trading in the final legislative conference committees, the question many people are asking is: Why did Republicans, with supermajorities in both houses, throw Executive Councilor Dan St. Hilaire to the wolves? As a redistricting year, which happens every 10 years after the census, and although they didn’t legally need to redistrict the Executive Council seats,...

Read More

NH House committee votes to lower tobacco tax

A bill that would lower New Hampshire’s state tax on cigarettes and other tobacco items has passed through the NH House Ways and Means Committee in a 14-5 vote, split along party lines. The measure will now head to the House floor, where a large Republican majority and recently made campaign trail promises to cut taxes make passage likely. As NH Journal previously reported, the bill would lower the cigarette tax by 10 cents per pack,...

Read More

A surprise foe for Guinta’s PLA amendment

NH Journal reported New Hampshire 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta recently proposed an amendment that would put an end to federal construction projects requiring pro-union Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), which failed in a 210-210 tied vote in the House. The amendment would have created a level playing field for independent contractors by returning to the Bush administration policy of allowing any and all companies to bid for...

Read More

Cigarette tax battle heats up with new study

As NH Journal reported last week, a proposal to reduce the statewide tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products is getting attention as the budget process begins to get moving. The New Hampshire Grocer’s Association (NHGA) has come out in support of the proposal, releasing an economic impact study that touts the benefits of the tax cut. The study, commissioned by NHGA and performed by two Southern New Hampshire University...

Read More
New House group to give voice to small business
Jan27

New House group to give voice to small business

When small business owner Laurie Sanborn was elected to the House of Representatives in November she was surprised to find that unlike other states the New Hampshire House had no pro-business caucus. As someone who ran for this House based on her small business experience and the need to create jobs in New Hampshire, she thought it was important we had and that it could make a difference. That is why she set out to create the New...

Read More