Business

Veto override day: A guide for NH businesses

Bills that would set up a paid family and medical leave program, raise the minimum wage, boost clean energy initiatives and provide tenant protections are all on the chopping block following vetoes by Gov. Chris Sununu. And, although the bills’ backers will try to rescue at least some of them when the New Hampshire Legislature meets Wednesday to try to override those vetoes, they are not likely to succeed. READ MORE
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NH Re-Opening Task Force begins taking up second phase guidelines

On Monday, Sununu turned his order into an advisory, lifting the 10-person gathering limit, and allowing many other businesses to reopen, including bowling alleys, gyms and wedding venues. He also allowed restaurants to have indoor dining and said day camps and overnight camps could open June 22 and June 28, respectively. And movie theaters, performing arts centers and amusement parks could open on June 29. (The task force voted on guidance for the last three, but the governor hasn’t approved it yet.) READ MORE
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NH landlords, bankers voice concern over bill to aid tenants, homeowners

On Thursday afternoon, the Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Committee will hold a amendment hearing on HB 1129. Although the bill contains all sorts of coronavirus-related measures, such as how to run town meetings in an era of social distancing, it also includes using $60 million of the state’s $1.25 billion of federal CARES Act funds for housing. Some $10 million for homeless assistance and $50 million, via the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, for a housing recovery fund, that help assist people pay rent and mortgages. READ MORE
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As NH slowly emerges from shutdown, not every business and not all customers are ready to follow

The pressure to open from cash strapped-businesses and cabin fevered consumers is immense, despite the federal government flooding the state with billions of dollars in economic aid and despite a still-rising coronavirus caseload and death toll – a death toll that, in mid-May, only two months after the shutdown – stood at nearly half the number of opioid-related fatalities recorded in all of 2019. READ MORE