Joseph Kenney’s View From Concord, November 2021

By Joseph D. Kenney

The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) consists of five Executive Councilors and the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation. GACIT, along with the Regional Planning Commissions, have an initial role to provide input into the Ten-Year Highway Improvement Plan. Also, the Executive Council votes to accept and expend all federal transportation funds. GACIT […]

Broadband for All Offers A Priceless Opportunity

But it won’t happen without cooperation

By Leo Dwyer

High-speed internet is coming to rural New Hampshire. It can’t happen too soon! Before COVID-19 hit last year, residents of many Granite State communities were raising their voices about the need for 21st-century broadband so they could enjoy the kind of connectivity people in more densely populated areas take for granted. When the pandemic sent […]

Louise Andrus’ View from Concord, October 2021

By Louise Andrus

November is here and the 11th is a very important day. That is because it will be Veterans Day.  Thank you to each and every veteran for your years of service in the military protecting our country and keeping us free. Thank you to every veteran’s family as you gave your loved one to serve […]

Louise Andrus’ View from Concord, September 2021

By Louise Andrus

Can’t believe September and fall are upon us. The weather this summer certainly has been at extremes at times. There was so much rain and wet in July it was impossible for the farmers to cut and put the hay in as usual, and gardeners saw many vegetables not growing and producing as they usually […]

Understanding Our Rights Requires Knowledge of History

By Ken Wells

When did we all actually gain the freedoms we celebrate as Americans? ● Was it on July 4, 1776? Certainly not! Even here in East Andover into the early 1800’s, some white-skinned people were indentured or declared “paupers” whose servitude and labor was auctioned off to wealthier citizens, as if they were enslaved chattel. (See […]

Natalie Wells’ Report from Concord, July 2021

By Natalie Wells

The State Budget I proudly supported last month was historical in many ways. The Republican legislature created a budget to cut taxes and spend less. Some examples: Business Profit Tax reduced to 7.6%. Cuts to the Room and Meals tax we all pay, but will help boost tourism especially. $100 million in direct property tax […]

Andrus’ June “Report from Concord” Purports to be Something It’s Not

By Marie D. Nardino

Under the guise of a question from a constituent about her vote in the House Education Committee to retain SB135, Louise Andrus issued her Report from Merrimack Valley School District (MVSD) embedded in her “Report from Concord”  for June, wherein she justified the retention of a piece of legislation intended to provide increased education funding […]

Report From Concord – Natalie Wells

By Natalie Wells

Here are some recent bills passed to share with you. SB-89  “relative to the effect of certain federal laws on New Hampshire election procedures.”  If the United States Congress passes HR1 or S1, which would have control over all state elections, here in New Hampshire the federal government cannot touch our state or local elections.  […]

Report From Concord – Louise Andrus

By Louise Andrus

A constituent asked me a question in an email: “Why did the House Education Committee vote to retain SB135?  By retaining it, property taxes are sure to rise, not only in Merrimack #1 but across the state. How do you justify raising taxes? Will you explain your vote in your report in The Andover Beacon?” […]

State Budget as Presented Likely to Increase Property Taxes

By Mary Anne Broshek

In the May Beacon, Louise Andrus states that “ Republicans were sent to Concord with a directive to lower taxes and use the taxpayers’ money wisely”. The only problem is that, by all appearances, the Republicans lowered taxes for corporations and the wealthiest instead of for local property tax payers. An important way the Legislature […]

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