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A tale of two state budgets as 2022 approaches

The books closed last week on the last two-year state budget, crafted by state-level Democrats. Before turning to this new Republican state budget, let’s take a look at the results of the two-year Democratic state budget. Working together, we crafted a two-year state budget that listened to ...

Learning extends well beyond the school day

As another summer winds down and a new school year is on the horizon, the YMCA of Greater wants to remind parents and caregivers that the Y’s before and after-school programs are places where children can remain active, learning and engaged during their time out of school – a critical time ...

We need state policymakers to address workforce shortage

Direct-care agency leaders in New Hampshire are as concerned about the workforce shortage as are their counterparts nationally. Without an ability to pay higher wages, Area Agencies and other providers serving individuals with developmental disabilities, acquired brain disorders, and autism, ...

N.H. takes innovative approach to Paid Family Medical Leave

The solution to bringing a viable Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) program to New Hampshire has been an unsolved puzzle for two decades, but a trailblazing proposal crafted by Governor Chris Sununu and supported by the legislature will soon make PFML a reality in our state. New Hampshire has ...

Calamity Janes (and James)

Businessman Harvey Mackay said, “Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.” Celebrity and strange behavior go together like baldness and a can of spray hair. Like cigarettes and an iron lung. Like a gender reveal and a wildfire. ...