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Josiah Bartlett Center - Medicaid Expansion and UNH Logos 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

Like most states in the country, New Hampshire is having a difficult time answering the question about whether or not to expand Medicaid coverage. For the last decade politicians of both parties have not made any attempt to expand Medicaid coverage in New Hampshire. With the federal government dangling some initial money for the program, some are tempted but unsure. Today, with so many unanswered questions and reasons to be skeptical policymakers should avoid a rush to judgment and just say maybe... Click here to keep reading.


UNH Spends 100k on New Logos...

Universally Panned

Mark Hayward reports in the Union Leader that the University of New Hampshire is spending $100,000 to have a New York company to redesign the UNH logo... Click here to keep reading


...And Sparks a Crowd Source Movement

FB Group Coming up with New Designs

After news broke that UNH was spending $100,000 for a new logo, and the wave of disappointment at the three potential logos unveiled by the school, Wildcat Logo Search formed on Facebook to crowd-source a new and better logo for free.... Click here to keep reading.


The State's Online Checkbook

JBC's Transparency Project

With the budget process underway here in Concord are you curious where all that money is spent? Look no further than NHOpenGov. We have data on every last check the state wrote going back to 2009.... Click here to start looking!


Democratic State Senator Martha Fuller Clark files legislation restoring UNH cuts

Sen. Clark, who represents UNH’s main campus, believes that cuts harm community, economy

(Portsmouth, NH) After being sworn in yesterday for a two-year term representing a new district that includes both her hometown of Portsmouth, UNH’s main campus in Durham and the surrounding communities of Newmarket, Madbury, and Lee filed legislation today to restore the cuts made to the University of New Hampshire during the last session.

"At a time when NH and the rest of the country is challenged to compete globally for good jobs, nothing is more important than having a well-educated workforce. We owe the opportunity for all of New Hampshire's young people to access such an affordable quality education through our university system,” Fuller Clark said, adding. “That is why today I filed legislation to restore the millions of dollars of cuts from the University's budget that occurred under Republican leadership in the state's budget for 2012-2012.”

During her campaign to return to the Senate after a two-year absence, Fuller Clark repeatedly heard from voters that they were outraged by the cuts the GOP legislature delivered to the University of New Hampshire.

About Martha: Martha served terms in both the New Hampshire House and Senate since the ‘90s. A two-time candidate for the U.S. Congress, she currently serves as Vice-Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, a member of DNC and, in 2008 and again in 2012 served as co-chair of the New Hampshire Committee to elect Barack Obama President of the United States.Martha participates on many different boards and commissions in her community. She presently serves as President of the Board of Strawbery Banke, as an advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is the past President of Scenic America.


Statement: Sen. Morse on USNH Funding Legislation 

The New Hampshire Senate

Majority Office

Concord, NH – Sen. Chuck Morse, R-Salem, released the following statement today following the introduction of legislation that would appropriate an additional $100 million to the University System of New Hampshire:

“I appreciate and share Sen. Fuller Clark’s commitment to creating a well-educated workforce here in New Hampshire, and I look forward to the hearing on her legislation before the Senate Finance Committee later this session.  At that time, I hope she will be willing to discuss with the Committee where she would suggest we cut spending – or which taxes she would propose to raise – in order to finance the $100 million price tag attached to this bill.

“In 2011, the Republican-led legislature closed an $800 million budget deficit left for us by the poor spending habits of prior lawmakers.  As we look ahead to our next budget, we are committed to continuing that same level of fiscal discipline.  In doing so, we will continue to adequately fund both the University System of New Hampshire as well as the Community College System of New Hampshire while working towards reducing college costs for low and middle income students.”


Governor-Elect Hassan to Speak at STEM Conference 

The Office of Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan

MANCHESTER – TOMORROW, Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan will speak at a conference on advancing science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) higher education in New Hampshire to meet the needs of the 21st century economy.

The conference is an outgrowth of a commitment made earlier this year between the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) that sets out steps they will take together to meet the goal of increasing by 50 percent the number of STEM-educated graduates by 2020 and doubling that number by 2025.

As Governor, Maggie Hassan work to implement her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. Hassan’s innovation plan calls for supporting the goal of increasing STEM graduates, as well as for working with teachers, local schools, higher education and the business community to ensure New Hampshire has the rigorous STEM education system it needs to prepare students to compete in the future. As Governor, Hassan will also work to make sure we include hands on-learning curriculum to engage and interest students in pursuing STEM careers.

WHAT:            Governor-Elect Hassan to Speak at STEM Conference

WHEN:            Tuesday, November 27th, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:           Emerging Technology Center, Pandora Building, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester


Hurricane Sandy Emergency Information for Durham, Roadway Closures, Power Outage Areas - October 30, 2012 - 5:00 PM

Dear Members of the Community,


Please remember to exercise extreme caution around downed power lines.  Durham Public Works crews are not able to clear trees that are entangled in power lines.  Only the power company can safely undertake such work.  In addition, residents should NOT handle or try to cut down trees/branches that are entangled in power lines.  Please be safe and be patient.


The latest storm information follows …


Trees/lines are down and roads are closed at:

  • Willey Road/Ffrost Drive - open to local traffic only
  • Main Street - closed from Technology Drive to Route 155/5-corners.
  • Durham Point Road is closed at #29, #32, #139, and #256.  We have made numerous calls to PSNH today and utility crews are there now trying to reopen Durham Point Rd.  We anticipate it being largely reopened later this evening leaving one roadway blockage remaining at #256 near Colony Cove Road.  This will ensure no one is stranded and emergency crews can access all areas of Durham Point Road.  

Three homes have had trees fall on them: one on Canney Road, one on Orchard Drive, and one on Madbury Road. 


Where is there power loss in Durham?


The following roadways have loss of power to some degree to our knowledge at this time:  Adams Point Road, Bartlet Road, Bay Road, Britton Lane, Colony Cove Road, Dame Road, Deer Meadow Road, Durham Point Road, Edendale Lane, Edgerly Garrison, Fogg Drive, Foxhill Road, Langley Road, Longmarsh Road, Mathes Cove Road, Meserve Road, Mill Road, N.Main Street, Pulaski Drive, Roysan Way, Spruce Wood Lane, Willey Road, and Worthen Road.


If there are other locations, these should be called in directly to PSNH (see call in number below).


Power to the Town’s Beech Hill water tank and emergency communications equipment has been restored.


Work is still being undertaken to address three-phase power problems at the Mast Way Elementary School in Lee.


There are a total of 3323 PSNH customers in Durham.  At present, 668 or 20% of households are without power.  


Where is PSNH? 


PSNH line, contractor, and tree trimming crews on Tuesday made progress throughout the state and will be bolstered by 75 line crews from Hydro-Québec. The Canadian team is expected to join PSNH and contractor crews, accelerating what has been projected to be a multi-day restoration effort.


The initial PSNH emphasis of the restoration has included focusing on ensuring roads are clear of downed lines, trees, and limbs, and restoring power to key public infrastructure like schools, shelters, and water treatment facilities. 


As of this morning, the NH Department of Transportation reported more than 230 roads across the state were either closed or blocked by downed limbs, trees, and power and communication lines.


At daybreak, crews began conducting detailed damage assessments of affected areas, providing essential information on downed lines and other trouble areas so that PSNH's area work centers throughout the state can quickly and effectively prioritize their mobilization.


Among the hardest hit areas are portions of the seacoast, the southern I-93 corridor, and several communities in the Monadnock Region.


Hurricane Sandy's impact has resulted in the fourth highest number of customers without power in PSNH's 86-year history, with the five largest storms all having occurred in the past four and half years.


Overall, Sandy has affected more than 8 million people from Maryland to Maine. 


Across NH, there are an estimated 109,000 PSNH customers still without power at this time.  




Durham’s Transfer Station and Recycling Center on Durham Point Road will be opened for a special day on Wednesday to accomodate residents who have brush, rubbish, or recycling for disposal.



A reminder to residents that if trees or branches fell in their yards over the course of the storm, these can be cut up and placed curbside for pickup as part of the annual Durham Fall Brush Cleanup.  The usual limitations of no more than 5 ft. long or 5” in diameter still apply.




In an effort to anticiapte the needs of the community, Durham will open the Packers Falls Gravel Pit to allow residents to bring brush and larger items starting November 4th thru the 10th from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM.  The Public Works Department will have someone there to monitor.



The UNH Hamel Recreation Center has been reopened and is available to Durham residents who need a place to shower until 7 PM.  The Hamel Recreation Center is located in the old Snively Arena connected to the Whittemore Center.  Park at the Town-owned Depot Road Parking Lot next to the train station.  For information about the facility, go to .



Governor Lynch declared a State of Emergency as of 10 AM 10/29/12. 



(as of 5 PM, Tuesday)


Showers. Patchy fog. Low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.


Wednesday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 64. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.


Wednesday Night:
 Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. South wind around 6 mph.


  A slight chance of showers after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


Thursday Night:  
A chance of showers, mainly between 7pm and 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 41. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. 


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.


Friday Night:
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.


Saturday Night:
Mostly clear, with a low around 35.


Sunny, with a high near 51.


Sunday Night:
Mostly clear, with a low around 31.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.



Call PSNH daily to report a power outage at 1-800-662-7764.  Do not assume PSNH knows you do not have power!  During these storm events, PSNH works to reenergize areas of town neighborhood by neighborhood but they do not always know individual service lines to homes are down.  If an individual service is down, but a neighborhood has been “restored”, PSNH will not know you still do not have power – unless you let them know.  So call PSNH and don’t be shy.


If you obtain power through the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, please contact NHEC directly at 1-800-343-6432.



If your are have power but your internet, phone, or television service provided by Comcast is not operational, please contact Comcast directly toll free at 1-888-633-4266.  If PSNH lines are down and intertwined with Comcast lines, Comcast must wait for PSNH to repair them before it can restore cable service. 



Safety tips for portable generators follow:


  • Portable generators should be placed 10 feet from any structure, with the exhaust facing away from the building openings. Deadly exhaust fumes can enter the building through any opening resulting in severe injury or death to unsuspecting occupants.
  • Never place portable generators on or near combustible surfaces such as decks, porches, or tool sheds. Heat generated by the motor, or improper refueling methods can start a fire.
  • Never run portable generators inside any building, including basement areas and garages. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can build up in minutes injuring occupants with little to no warning.
  • Allow plenty of time to cool the generator before refueling. Gasoline vapors can easily ignite from hot surfaces causing a flash fire and severe injuries.
  • Always store approved gasoline containers a safe distance from generators while in service.



Please take the time to touch base with your neighbors and/or friends within the community, particularly those who may need assistance, to ensure they are alright if there is a power outage.   If you know of someone who the Police or Fire Department should check in on as part of a wellness check, please call 868-2324.



If you need assistance, do not hesitate to contact the Durham Police Department at 603-868-2324.  In an emergency situation, please call 911.



If residents know of others without power who would benefit from these emergency announcements, please pass them along.  Thank you for your assistance.