January-25 2013

 

Unitil reports record income for 2012

Unitil reports record income for 2012

6% rise in N.H. future building contracts reported for 2012

6% rise in N.H. future building contracts reported for 2012

The New Hampshire construction industry closed out 2012 with an across-the-board monthly increase in the value of contracts for future construction, ending an up-and-down year on a high note. But the numbers still show signs of a struggle to revive completely, at least in some sectors.

Forced bankruptcy sought for Waterville Valley property management firm

Three Waterville Valley condo associations are trying to force Stone Property Management -- under criminal investigation for the disappearance of millions of dollars from the reserve accounts of dozens of condo associations -- into bankruptcy.
Five N.H. businesses file for bankruptcy

Five N.H. businesses file for bankruptcy

USA Springs founder files for personal bankruptcy

Francesco Rotondo, the president of USA Springs, the water bottling company now offered for sale through the bankruptcy court, filed last month for Chapter 7 bankruptcy himself.
Hassan picks BAE Systems exec for top DRED job

Hassan picks BAE Systems exec for top DRED job

Ayotte measure seeks to make Internet tax ban permanent

Ayotte measure seeks to make Internet tax ban permanent

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is introducing legislation that would permanently stop the government from imposing new taxes on Internet access.
Shaheen backs bill to boost H-1B visa cap

Shaheen backs bill to boost H-1B visa cap

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is co-sponsoring new legislation that would nearly double the number of visas and green cards that are set aside annually for highly skilled immigrants who work in science and technology.
House panel weighs giving a boost to charitable gaming

House panel weighs giving a boost to charitable gaming

House panel hears minimum wage hike proposals

Lago's Ice Cream in Rye would have to increase the price of a cone by a quarter and sell thousands more of them to get the money to pay its teenage crew the 75 cents an hour more required by the most conservative of the three minimum wage bills proposed this year, estimated Steve Grenier, the owner of the business, at a hearing held Tuesday before the House Labor Committee.
BIA readies release of new 'Blue Book'

BIA readies release of new 'Blue Book'

The "Blue Book" -- the legislative directory that has had an almost Bible-like reputation among State House denizens for more than three decades -- will be coming out in mid-February with a new owner, a new publisher, an online edition, and packed with more information than before.
Flotsam & Jetsam: January 25, 2013

Flotsam & Jetsam: January 25, 2013

“I didn’t see running for Republican leader would be the best way I could use my talents and get to where I want to be.” -- Former House Speaker Bill O’Brien explaining why he chose not to run to be minority leader in the current legislative session.
Cartoon for the week of January 25

Cartoon for the week of January 25

Q&A with State Rep. Laurie Sanborn

Q&A with State Rep. Laurie Sanborn

Seven years ago, Laurie Sanborn teamed up with her husband Andy Sanborn to open The Draft, a popular sports bar and grill in Concord.

Lawmakers must restore funding for higher education

The success of our state depends on our young people

It’s time for change in state government

Do the words responsibility, accountability or integrity have any place in state government anymore? It would appear not, at least with regard to the attorney general.

Environmental vigilance means economic certainty

Each DES program has very real and direct benefits to the people of New Hampshire

Gambling is not the answer to N.H.’s fiscal needs

Is a casino an idea that stems from innovation or is it more an act of desperation?

EB-5 has potential public-funding benefits

The creative use of the EB-5 foreign investment visa offers numerous opportunities to fund worthy projects and create jobs for U.S. citizens

Don’t overlook the importance of a hearty handshake

In this day of technology overload, it’s the personal relationships that will serve you well and help differentiate you and your message

When getting to the ‘finish line’ can be a challenge

All sorts of issues can creep up to potentially stop a deal from moving forward

10 best career development practices for 2013

A continual improvement checklist for those eager to enter the career fray

New criteria used to determine independent contractor status

The potential civil penalties and damages are significant for erroneous employment status

The drawbacks of living on the edge

Lessons learned from watching the “fiscal cliff” unfold

So you want to vote for legislation?

8 questions lawmakers should ask themselves before voting on a bill

Auto insurance: a lawyer's perspective

Since car insurance isn't mandatory in New Hampshire, your need to carry it is even greater

When to "be you" in the workplace

What do you do about tattoos and piercings when you’re looking to start a new career?
How the Securities Bureau's investor education fund paid for its LGC investigation

How the Securities Bureau's investor education fund paid for its LGC investigation