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On Wednesday the Executive Council approved $4.1 million in bonds for a five-turbine wind farm in Berlin, New Hampshire. The wind farm will also receive $900,000 in federal subsidies and a $1 million grant from the state Renewable Energy Fund.The wind farm is too small to require approval from the state Site Evaluation Committee. However, Berlin held multiple public hearings on the project, and the wind farm has the support of the Planning Board, the Zoning Board, and the Mayor.On Wednesday many wind farm opponents, most from outside Berlin, attended the Executive Council meeting to speak against funding the wind farm. Opponents argued that the wind farm will offer minimal benefits (such as just three jobs in Berlin), and that Berlin did not do its "due diligence" in evaluating the project.Jack Donovan, Executive Director of the Business Finance Authority offering the bonds, spoke in favor of the wind farm."I think frankly it’s arrogant for people to look at the local process… the assumption is Berlin, they can’t do the thing themselves properly," he said. "I think that’s the assumption we’re hearing. 'We know better.'"Do you agree with the Executive Council vote approving bonds for the Berlin wind farm? CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.CLICK HERE to learn more about wind farms in New Hampshire.CLICK HERE to read coverage from NHPR.
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According to GasBuddy’s daily survey of gas outlets in New Hampshire, price per gallon fell to $3.11 last week. That's about 25-cents lower than a year ago.The low prices are due in part to a price war between Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq. Production has also increased in the United States.The falling gas prices may help Granite Staters transition to the 4.2-cent gas tax increase passed last spring. Supporters of the increase argued that the funds were desperately needed to repair New Hampshire roads. Opponents argued that cash-strapped New Hampshire residents could not afford the increase at the pump.Have the falling gas prices changed your opinion of the gas tax increase? CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.CLICK HERE to learn more about the gas tax in New Hampshire.CLICK HERE to read coverage from the Nashua Telegraph.
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The New Hampshire Attorney General's office is still investigating affidavits signed by voters without ID in 2012.Under New Hampshire's voter ID law, voters can sign an affidavit instead of presenting identification at the polls. The Attorney General sends a letter to every voter who signs an affidavit, asking the voter to return a post card. If the voter does not return the post card or if the letter is undeliverable, the state must conduct an investigation.After the 2012 election, thousands of post cards were not returned and hundreds of letters were undeliverable.According to Anne Edwards, the associate attorney general who supervises elections, many of those voters were legally protesting the voter ID law.Opponents of the state voter ID law may argue these investigations are a waste of resources by the Attorney General's office, which arguably has more important crimes to investigate.Supporters of the voter ID law point to two cases of voter fraud uncovered in the 2012 elections. In one case, a mother filled out an absentee ballot for her son, who is in high school. In the other case, a Massachusetts resident voted in the New Hampshire elections.Do these investigations change your opinion of New Hampshire's voter ID law? CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.CLICK HERE to read coverage from the Union Leader.
According to MoneyRates.com, New Hampshire is the worst state in the nation for young adults.The evaluation was based on youth unemployment, youthfulness of the population, tuition costs, rental costs, rental availability, access to high-speed broadband, number of bars and other nightspots per capita and number of fitness facilities per capita."New Hampshire was well below average in six out of eight categories in this study," wrote MoneyRates.com Senior Financial Analyst Richard Barrington. "Therefore, it is probably not a coincidence that New Hampshire has the third-lowest proportion of people aged 20- to 24-years-old of any state."However, just two weeks ago the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said New Hampshire had the best quality of life in the United States. OECD, an international economic organization of 34 countries, ranked New Hampshire based on health, safety, housing, access to broadband, civic engagement, education, jobs, environment and income.The MoneyRates.com study did not consider other possible benefits to young adults living in New Hampshire, such as the opportunities for outdoor recreation and and the lack of sales and income taxes.Do you think New Hampshire is a bad state for young adults? CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.CLICK HERE to learn more about the challenges of New Hampshire's aging population.CLICK HERE to read coverage from NHBR.
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Ebola, the economy and right-to-work legislation were among the topics that provided fodder for disagreement in Wednesday night’s debate between Gov. Maggie Hassan and GOP challenger Walt Havenstein.
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