New Hampshire's Business News for March 10

A look at today's top business headlines including: NH Medicaid expansion overwhelmingly passes, warm winter weather means low electric rates, Lancaster goes solar, NH's housing options and looking at the loss of Eileen Foley and Martin Gross.



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NH Medicaid expansion overwhelmingly passes Republican-backed House  On a vote of 216-145, the House voted to reauthorize Medicaid expansion for another two years. The bill now heads to the Senate. But that was after much debate on the floor Wednesday – more than two hours of it. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Access to mental health care hindered by lack of workers  Trouble finding qualified nurses and other medical professionals willing to work for the state's pay scale is affecting the state's compliance with a mental health agreement it reached two years ago with the federal government, advocates and clients. – NH UNION LEADER

Vermont crossing suggested at Northern Pass hearing  About 100 people gathered in the Waterville Room at the Waterville Valley Conference and Event Center for the second of four hearings that the U.S. Department of Energy is holding this week to gather comments on the Northern Pass Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Supplement. – NH UNION LEADER

Warmest winter means lower electric rates for NH consumers  The warmest winter on record has set the stage for some of the lowest electricity prices for New Hampshire consumers since 2012. – NH UNION LEADER

Lancaster votes to become first town in the North Country to go solar Lancaster voters have given permission for the selectboard to borrow up to $320,000 for solar arrays that would generate 121 kilowatts. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Assessing NH’s housing options  We’ve have been talking about affordable housing and workforce housing for years, but we have a long way to go. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Seacoast home sales remain strong in February  Residential transactions fell from January but still set a monthly record. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Environmentalist Erin Brockovich expands water contamination investigation in Merrimack Environmental activist Erin Brockovich and the law firm that recently filed a class-action lawsuit against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International over water contamination are expanding their investigation to include the town of Merrimack. – NH UNION LEADER

Geisel restructuring plan spurs ‘angst’ among faculty  A restructuring plan that aims to reduce deficits at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine by shifting some faculty and staff jobs to Dartmouth-Hitchcock is expected to take effect July 1. – VALLEY NEWS

Dartmouth College tuition to increase  Dartmouth College’s board of trustees has approved a 3.8 percent increase in undergraduate tuition, hiking the annual bill for room, board and fees to $66,174 for the 2016-17 year. – VALLEY NEWS

Two significant losses for NH The lives of Eileen Foley and Martin Gross set an example for the rest of us.  – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Hassan says she's close to hiring new 'drug czar’  Gov. Maggie Hassan says she’s very close to hiring a new coordinator of the state’s efforts to battle an ever-growing opioid addiction crisis.  – NH UNION LEADER

Kuster introduces bill to stimulate US-Canada trade, tourism  A bill aimed at spurring trade and travel between the United States and Canada could be on a track to success, according to U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster, D-NH. – CLAREMONT EAGLE-TIMES

NH House loses one member as Rep. Kyle Tasker resigns, keeps another who moved back into district  Republican Rep. Kyle Tasker officially resigned from the New Hampshire House on Wednesday, a week after he was arrested on drug and attempted sexual exploitation charges. – CONCORD MONITOR

Rochester activist charged in ranch standoff granted stay order  The stay order for Jerry DeLemus will temporarily stop his transfer to Nevada. – WMUR-TV

Shumlin signs paid sick leave bill  The law will provide paid sick leave for approximately 60,000 Vermont workers who don’t receive the benefit currently. – VTDIGGER

WHDH files suit versus Comcast over NBC switch  WHDH-TV Channel 7 has filed suit against Comcast in federal court, the station announced. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Your identity and your career  Perhaps it’s a good time to begin thinking of our legacies. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

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