New Hampshire’s unemployment rate is now 3.9%. That’s well below the 5.5% national rate! For the second month in a row, New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the Eastern United States. Stand out cities include Lebanon at 2.9%, Portsmouth at 3.3%, and Dover at 3.5%. Neighbor state Vermont has the second lowest unemployment rate in the East. North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. Mississippi, Nevada, and the District of Columbia have the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Employment is up and unemployment is down in the Granite State. In fact, employers are complaining that there aren’t enough people looking for work in New Hampshire. Are you a liberty activist looking for work? Help New Hampshire employers by helping yourself.
The job fair, organized by New Hampshire Employment Security, attracted fewer than half the people in the first hour than a similar one held there last June. Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis said Tuesday’s venue was changed only last Friday and that job fairs around the state are seeing fewer job seekers. “Lower unemployment,” he said. “People have found work.” – See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150311/NEWS02/150319849
Looking for a job in New Hampshire? There are lots of helpful resources linked to in the Free State Project Forum. Check out the upcoming New Hampshire job fairs. If you are on Facebook, consider joining the FSP Job Alert page, for job listings and general support from the Porcupine community. Happy hunting!
On February 18th New Hampshire Rep. Hoell’s HB 407 and Montana Rep. Schwaderer’s HB 330 advanced, both passing state legislative chambers as amended. HB 407 is a repeat of Rep. Hoell’s bill from last session, HB 1307. HB 1307 failed in the NH House last year. However, the bill made national news, leading to the creation of Rep. Shwaderer’s bill, a similar bill in Tennessee, and a much more narrow federal bill.
The idea of police militarization reform legislation was inspired by the coalition of liberal activists and Free Staters that attempted to convince the Keene and Concord, New Hampshire city councils to vote against acquiring Department of Homeland Security BEARCATs. Despite Rep. Hoell neither being a liberal nor a Free Stater, he decided to lead the national legislative effort to bring about reform. The tragedies of Ferguson, Missouri further intensified the issue. Unfortunately, opposition to BEARCATs didn’t pick up much steam outside of NH and the University of Berkeley. Instead, critics were mostly concerned about a different federal program that distributed much larger military vehicles called MRAPs to local governments.
Rep. Hoell’s HB 407 was recommended Inexpedient to Legislate by the Municipal and County Government Committee. The NH House overturned the Committee recommendation 204 to 134. Committee member Rep. Ammon proposed to amend the bill so that it would create a committee to study police militarization reform. The amendment passed with the help of Rep. Hoell, Rep. Simmons, and the chair of the Committee, Rep. Belanger. The bill was sent to the NH Senate.
Rep. Shwaderer’s HB 330 originally called for reining in on the militarization of police in Montana, including MRAPs. On February 16th, the Judiciary Committee amended and passed the bill. The amendment weakened the bill, dropping opposition to MRAPs (remember, the bill never included opposition to BEARCATs). On February 18th, the MT House voted 88 to 12 to pass the bill. The bill was sent to the Appropriations Committee.
There is trouble in paradise. Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan’s love for illegal money from unions is causing her bad publicity. According to the Democratic New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, the Plumbers and Steamfitters union gave Maggie an illegal $25,000 donation in 2012. The Democratic Attorney General also ruled that Maggie received $33,000 in illegal donations from unions this year. This is the same attorney general that Maggie Hassan hand picked for the office.
How did all of this first come to light? The New Hampshire Republican Party filed complaints with the New Hampshire Attorney General. Thank you Republicans for uncovering these dirty money scandals.
Here was what Maggie’s campaign said about the issue in July. Someone either doesn’t know the law, or lied to the Concord Monitor.
“We are confident that all contributions are in line with past precedent under New Hampshire law and advice that campaigns and contributors have received from the Attorney General’s office and the Secretary of State’s office over the years,” campaign spokesman Aaron Jacobs said in a statement.