Most NH welfare recipients work

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According to a study published by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, 65% of welfare money in New Hampshire goes to working families.  That is higher than the national average of 56%.

A "working family" was defined as a family with at least one person working 10 or more hours per week.

The study argues that many families work enough hours that they should not need welfare, yet low wages do not match the comparatively high cost of living - especially in New Hampshire.

"When companies pay too little for workers to provide for their families, workers rely on public assistance programs to meet their basic needs," said Ken Jacobs, co-author of the new report. "This creates significant cost to the states."

Dennis Delay, an economist for the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, takes a different view.  He told the Union Leader that states with a low percentage of working families on welfare often have high unemployment and poverty rates.

New Hampshire's poverty rate is roughly half the national average - and decreasing - according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The study included spending on Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Temporary Aid To Needy Families (TANF) welfare programs.

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Shaheen: put a woman on $20 bill

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This week Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) introduced a bill that would require the U.S. Treasury to "convene a panel of citizens" to discuss the idea of putting a notable woman on the $20 bill.

"Our paper currency is an important part of our everyday lives and reflects our values, traditions and history as Americans," Shaheen said in a statement. "It’s long overdue for that reflection to include the contributions of women."

The $20 bill was chosen for several reasons, including Andrew Jackson's controversial record as President - for example, he signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830 which forced Native Americans to march the deadly "Trail of Tears."

Opponents hold that "political correctness" is not a sufficient reason to take on the unnecessary taxpayer expense of changing the nation’s currency.

Others argue that Jackson has long been seen as a champion of the "common man" and is worthy of recognition for his role in winning the decisive battle of the War of 1812.

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Anti-Common Core bill heads to Hassan

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On Wednesday the New Hampshire House passed a bill that forbids the state from requiring school districts to adopt the Common Core educational standards.

The bill - SB 101 - now heads to Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) for a signature or veto.

Bill supporters argue that local school districts should have control over curriculum and education standards.  They perceive Common Core as an attempt to nationalize education.

Bill opponents note that school districts already have the right to set their own education standards, and some districts have adopted alternatives to Common Core.  However, every school district is required to participate in the Smarter Balanced assessments based on Common Core, or risk losing federal funding.

A spokesperson for Gov. Hassan said she is still deciding whether or not to veto the bill.  The House did not pass the bill with a large enough margin to override a veto.

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Looser background check law?

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Right now New Hampshire requires a person to give written permission before anyone can see that person's criminal records.  SB 153, a bill in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, would change that so anyone can request a criminal background check after notifying the person.

Bill supporters argue that New Hampshire's criminal background check process is too burdensome for employers.

Jeffrey Kellett, director of the criminal records bureau for the Department of Safety, told the House Committee that most other states simply allow the public to access criminal records online.

However, Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare) believes SB 153 violates New Hampshire residents' right to privacy.

"All I have to do is notify them. So I send the kid a postcard, hey Joe, I'm doing a criminal background check on you before you can date my daughter,'' Kurk told the Committee. "He may not like it. He can't object to it under this language. That's a crazy idea."

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Hassan supports EPA plan

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently sent a letter to Governor Maggie Hassan asking her to oppose a federal plan to cut carbon emissions.

The "Clean Power Plan," proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), requires states to reduce carbon emissions by 30% in 30 years.

"I believe you will find, as I have, that the EPA’s proposal goes far beyond its legal authority and that the courts are likely to strike it down," wrote McConnell.

Several states have already filed lawsuits over the plan.

Gov. Hassan responded to Sen. McConnell with a letter supporting the plan.

"I respectfully disagree with your letter and would ask that states in the Midwest (and Kentucky), follow the science and take a more active effort in reducing harmful emissions," wrote Hassan.

In her letter Hassan touted the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), New England's cap-and-trade program.  Hassan said the program has reduced carbon emissions by 40%.

However, RGGI opponents argue the program is a hidden tax on electricity consumers.

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Lynn Hughes
I imagine there are any number of extraordinary accomplished women that would "fit the bill" so to speak and I see nothing wrong with the change understanding that it will take time to adjust for many.
Dayna Hill
Don't fix what is not is just a big waste of money and time. While I admire many great women of the past and present, our founding fathers do not need to be shoved aside. If everyone would stop trying to change history into politically correct stories we would be better off.
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