NH knocked for background checks

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The pro-gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety is calling on New Hampshire and seven other states to report mentally ill individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

New Hampshire does not share mental health records with the federal government, despite a federal law requiring states to do so.

"The background check system is the single most important tool for stopping dangerous people from buying firearms and reducing gun violence," said Ted Alcorn, research director at Everytown for Gun Safety.

However, opponents argue that sending mental health records to the federal government is an invasion of privacy that could unjustly strip individuals of their Second Amendment rights.

"The stigmatizing of anybody who may have been depressed at one point is unacceptable," said Rep. J.R. Hoell (R-Dunbarton), who is also the secretary of the N.H. Firearms Coalition. "We could quickly stigmatize anybody who ever went to see a psychologist or psychiatrist."

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Commuter rail studies continue

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On Monday, June 29 Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signed SB 88, a bill that establishes a committee to study public-private partnerships for a commuter rail.

In November 2014 the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority (NHRTA) released the results of a feasibility study for a southern New Hampshire commuter rail.  The next step in that project was an environmental and engineering study, but the legislature decided not to fund that study in the next state budget.

SB 88 creates a committee that will look for ways to fund a commuter rail that does not rely solely on the government.

"Business leaders in southern New Hampshire have identified commuter rail as critical to their future economic growth, and I know that we can work together to make commuter rail a reality," Gov. Hassan said after signing SB 88.

Commuter rail opponents maintain that a commuter rail will not stimulate the economy like supporters hope.  In May the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, a conservative-leaning think tank, released a study that concluded commuter rail only helps development when other economic investments are already in the works.

"I like seeing people who are worried and thinking New Hampshire needs more people who are employed, and it would be great if it would create jobs, but the track record kind of speaks for itself," said Josh Elliott-Traficante, a policy analyst at the Bartlett Center.

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UNH tuition freeze ends

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The University System of New Hampshire will raise tuition next year, ending a tuition freeze.

The school says a lack of state funding is to blame.  New Hampshire is last in the nation for per-capita funding of higher education.

This year UNH asked the state to restore funding to 2009 levels.  The 2015 legislature voted to give UNH roughly 80% of the funding it asked for.

Opponents of a funding increase point out that UNH received a record amount of private donations last year. 

Opponents also note that no other public university in the U.S. has frozen in-state tuition for four consecutive years.  UNH froze tuition after the last state budget cycle, two years ago.

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Hassan vetoes sex ed bill

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On Friday, June 26 Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) vetoed HB 332, a bill that would require schools to notify parents at least two weeks before "course material involving discussion of human sexuality or human sexual education."

Gov. Hassan vetoed the bill in part because of the broad language.

"This bill would make it more difficult for young people to receive critical public health education and it could affect a wide range of curricula – including science and the study of important literature, ranging from Mark Twain to Shakespeare," Hassan wrote in her veto message.

Speaking in favor of the bill, Rep. Victoria Sullivan (R-Manchester) wrote HB 332 would "open communication between schools and parents, resulting in greater parental engagement and necessary conversations with their children regarding these sensitive issues."

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Population changes in NH

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According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the New Hampshire population is growing in Hillsborough, Rockingham and Strafford counties.

Much of that growth is due to people migrating into the Granite State.  Migration to New Hampshire dropped sharply after the 2008 recession, but rebounded in the past two years.

On the other hand, the population is rapidly decreasing in Northern New Hampshire, and residents age 65 and older are the fastest growing age group in the state. 

There are many public policy challenges related to an aging population, such as a shrinking labor pool and increasing demand for state assistance. Conversely, an aging population may help New Hampshire attract businesses that offer services to older residents, from medical device technologies to driverless cars.

As for the population decrease in the North Country, the New Hampshire government has greenlighted several projects aimed at stimulating the Northern economy.  Most recently, the 2015 legislature authorized a $28 million loan for redevelopment of the Balsams Resort, pending approval from the Business Finance Authority.

"The state does have concern about aging population, but I think New Hampshire is doing a little bit better right now," said Ken Johnson, a senior demographer at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. "I wouldn’t break out the champagne, but it looks like things are getting a little better with reference to migration."

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