7-4-2013 News

Employers who don’t provide health insurance will be spared penalties of up to $3,000 per worker until two thousand fifteen, a one-year delay of a major component of Obamacare, the Treasury Department announced Tuesday.  Under Obamacare, companies with at least 50 full-time employees are required to provide qualifying health benefits to workers or face financial penalties called “shared responsibility payments.”  The delay conveniently puts the implementation of this job killing provision off until after the midterm elections.  State G O P Chair Jennifer Horn used the announcement to blast congresswomen Carol Shea Porter and Annie Kuster as well as Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Governor Maggie Hassan.  She said their support for the job killing measure was an indication they were radically out of step with New Hampshire’s people who polls show overwhelmingly disapprove of the law.  She called on Hassan to back off her efforts to implement the program in the state and praised the Republican held state senate for stopping the expansion of Medicaid to facilitate the program dead it its tracks.  The complete release is available with this news read at Girard at Large dot com.

Speaking of the state senate and the Medicaid expansion, the commission they created to study Hassan’s desired expansion of the program has been appointed and will hold its first meeting this Monday July 8th.  From our listening area, those appointed include Bedford State Senator Andy Sanborn and Weare State Representative Neal Kurk.  The news release with a complete listing of those appointed and the details of its first meeting are available with this news read at Girard at Large dot com.

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St. Mary’s Bank has provided a $2,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua to support an academic program for disadvantaged youth. The funds will benefit Project Learn, a program designed to reinforce literacy and help children use and expand classroom knowledge in fun and interesting ways, and a new secondary program, Kids College, an online educational tool incorporating standards based content items in math, literacy and science to create individualized,effective learning experiences.  Up to 200 children will be participating in these programs.  To learn more about the program, the grant and how it will be used, read St. Mary’s press release which is linked to this news read at Girard at Large dot com.

The Vesta Roy Excellence in Public Service Series is seeking applications for the class of two thousand thirteen two thousand fourteen.  They are due by July 10th.  The Vesta Roy Excellence in Public Service Series is a political leadership training program for New Hampshire Republican women who have an interest in politics and public service. Their mission is to increase the number and influence of Republican women in elected and appointed government and political positions at the local, state, and federal levels. Applications for the Series can be found on-line at vesta roy series dot com  Each year the Vesta Roy Series awards up to 12 fellowships to women who pledge to seek a policy making position in government or in the Republican Party within five years.  We’ve got the details of the program and who is eligible linked to this newscast at Girard at Large dot com.  Of course, you can always call our very own Real Estate Review anchor Karin Provencher, who is a graduate of the 0 12 0 13 class at 8 6 0 9 4 6 4 for more information.  She really loved it.

For the second year in a row, Bishop Peter A. Libasci will lead a pilgrimage of New Hampshire Catholics to Berlin to celebrate the Feast of Saint Anne on Friday, July 26 and to pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the Diocese of Manchester.  The pilgrimage will include vigils, concerts, Mass, and a procession through downtown Berlin. Last year, more than 1,300 pilgrims made the journey up to Saint Anne Church in the White Mountains to participate in the feast. Organizers expect an even larger turnout this year.  For registration details and a complete schedule of events, read the bishop’s press release which is linked to this on air news read at Girard at Large dot com