Re-posted from LivableMHT: State Sen. Chuck Morse (R-Salem), who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, opposes a 30-cent increase in the tobacco tax and a 12-cent increase in the gas tax, while demanding that the House pass a bill to allow a casino, likely to be located in his hometown of Salem. To his credit, Sen. Morse [...]
About FrankLloydMikeI'm a New Hampshire native currently living south of the border in Massachusetts. Though I am not currently a resident, I love New Hampshire and care very much about its future, its resources, its beauty, its people, its towns and cities, and its history. I also run the website, LivableMHT.org, dedicated to discussing and promoting greater urban development patterns and improved quality-of-life for the Queen City. Like so many of my peers, I left New Hampshire for college about a decade ago and have yet to (possibly) return. My exodus from my home state is not a political, but a practical choice--I studied architecture and there are no architecture schools in the state--but my reasons for staying away are, in part, due to politics and policy in the state. As has been noted, New Hampshire contributes the least amount of money of any state toward higher education, and its graduates carry the highest student debt burden in the nation. When I graduated in 2008, I got a job in the Boston area, where I continue to live. As my partner and I consider a move to more affordable, but still vibrant, smaller city somewhere in New England in the coming years, I hope that New Hampshire will do more to make its cities more welcoming to and attractive for young adults such as us, with better investment in things like transit, education, recreation and health care. I also do my best to help the New Hampshire economy with frequent visits home to Manchester and Portsmouth, and support of local businesses, especially New Hampshire's burgeoning craft breweries.
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One aged man—one man—can’t fill a house, A farm, a countryside, or if he can, It’s thus he does it of a winter night. –Robert Frost, “An Old Man’s Winter Night” From my perspective, Gov. Hassan’s proposed budget does a good job of beginning to restore funding to necessary programs. While I’d ideally like to [...]
John DiStaso’s Granite Status reports today on an effort to draft John Clayton to run for governor. Clayton, whose grandfather was my great-uncle (or something along those lines), is most famous for his “In the City” column in the Union Leader and for hosting “New Hampshire Crossroads” after Fritz Wetherbee, and apparently he’s a Democrat. [...]
I have written before about how cities and rural communities in southern New Hampshire are both underrepresented in the Senate by being lumped into districts often dominated by neighboring suburbs. The topic came again recently in the discussion of the Republican Senate redistricting proposal, so I thought I’d see if I could come up with [...]
Reposted from LivableMHT, inspired by the redistricting diary of last week With all the controversial topics being discussed in Concord this year, the decennial redistricting process hasn’t been on the radar much. That’s not good news for Manchester, though, which has been oddly gerrymandered, with its political influence in the state splintered, for at least [...]
I wanted to share a two-part series I wrote about the state and possible future of transit in the Queen City for GoodGood Manchester, a new website dedicated to bringing people together and providing information about goings on in the Manchester community. Though I’m living in Cambridge, Massachusetts these days, as a Manchester native and [...]