State / Region

Maine’s LePage Cuts Food Stamps for 6,500 Residents

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Augusta, Maine — More than 6,000 Maine residents will lose their food stamps benefits next month under newly enforced rules that require some recipients to have a job, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew said. Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration began in October to enforce a three-month limit on benefits for childless adults in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, unless they work at least 20 hours a …

Single-Payer Effort in Vt. Enters ‘Utility’ Phase

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The push for health care reform in Vermont entered a new phase last week, when Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that he would abandon his attempt to design a system that used broad-based taxes and other public sources to replace premiums paid by employers and employees. The sticker shock of the necessary taxes and …

Budget Will Dominate Next N.H. Session

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Concord — The state budget will serve as the political battleground between Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republican lawmakers in the upcoming session, with state spending on universities, prisons and services for vulnerable populations at the center. Between a landmark mental health settlement and a loss in state revenue from a controversial hospital tax, the state is already looking at more than $100 …

Upper Valley Lawmaker On the Rise

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — An Upper Valley lawmaker is expected to become the next majority leader in the Vermont House when Democratic legislators hold their organizational meeting on Saturday. After being a member of the caucus’ leadership, state Rep. …

Official: Limited Supply Means Higher Energy Bills

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Manchester, n.h. — Energy leaders reiterated Wednesday the need for additional power sources in New England, a fact made more acute by potentially record-high electricity prices coming this winter. Representatives from ISO New England, the Public Utilities Commission and the state’s major utilities gathered at an event hosted …

N.H. Court Upholds Pension Reform Law

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Concord — The New Hampshire State Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a 3-year-old pension reform law for public employees that shifted more costs onto workers. The law, which dealt with setting employer contribution rates, was challenged by state employees who argued the Legislature should not interfere with the …

Harvard Professor Apologizes For $4 Chinese Order Rant

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Boston — A Harvard Business School instructor who blasted a Boston-area Chinese restaurant for overcharging him by $4 on a takeout order apologized Wednesday for a lengthy and widely publicized email exchange with restaurant management. Associate professor Benjamin Edelman had threatened legal action and demanded the Sichuan Garden …

N.H. Health Network Rules Delayed

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Concord — Revisions to New Hampshire’s rules for health care provider networks are going to take longer than state officials initially expected. They thought updates could be in place for 2016, but health policy analyst Tyler Brannen said at a meeting Tuesday that 2017 is now the target …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Drug That Treats Overdoses Discussed for Vt. Schools Montpelier — Health and school officials in Vermont are discussing whether school nurses should be allowed to have a drug to administer to students that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. The Vermont Medical Society’s School Nurse Advisory Committee …

N.H. Press Association Honors ‘Valley News’

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

West Lebanon — The Valley News took home nine first-place awards in the 2014 Better Media Contest sponsored by the New Hampshire Press Association. At an NHPA banquet Friday night in Manchester, staff writer Aimee Caruso was recognized as writer of the year for a daily newspaper for …

Northeast Bracing for Dose of Heavy Rains, Snow and Wind

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Providence, r.i. — The Northeast is bracing for a strong, slow-moving storm expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to a wide swath of the coast and a half-foot or more of snow to some inland areas. The messy system moving into the region threatens to bring …

N.H. DOT: Roads Fund Needs Filling

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Concord — Lawmakers must fix a deficit in the state’s highway fund to keep roads and bridges safe for drivers, outgoing Department of Transportation commissioner said. The highway fund, used in part for maintenance and operations of the state’s roads, is facing a projected $50 million deficit by …

Milne Will Ask Lawmakers for Votes

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Montpelier — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne may not have gotten as many votes as incumbent Democrat Peter Shumlin, Milne still is hoping he’ll be Vermont’s next governor. Milne’s campaign for governor has been unconventional from the outset. …