Notice is hereby given that the Selectmen of Deerfield, per R S A 41 :11-d, have adopted regulations outlining a mandatory residential lawn watering ban due to extreme drought conditions in the town. The board has issued a Level 3 Restriction to declare the ban, which will take effect on Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 am and remain in effect until further notice. Enforcement and penalties will be carried out by the town’s police department and include a written warning for a first offense, a one hundred dollar fine for a second offense and a five hundred dollar fine for any subsequent offenses. We’ve linked to a complete copy of the regulations, which are otherwise kept on file in the Town Administrator’s Office.
G O P Presidential candidate Donald Trump is coming to Bedford today and Police Chief John Bryfonski is providing the community with parking instructions and logistics for the visit. Trump is expected to speak at the N H Sportsplex at 6 8 Technology Drive starting at 3:00. Police say the parking lot at the Sportsplex will open at noon and parking is limited. Once the lot is filled, vehicles must park in the designated overflow lot on Galaxy Way, which is 2 point 7 miles away. Buses will run from the overflow lot to the Sportsplex until 6 p.m.
“No Parking” signs will be placed on Technology Drive, South River Road, Autumn Lane and Harvey Road in order to prevent parking in non-designated areas. In addition, parking is prohibited in all private lots, including businesses and apartment complexes, unless permission is obtained. Illegally parked vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense. Bryfonski suggested attendees arrive early and carpool if possible.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was stumped by a simple question from First District Congressman Frank Guinta, Republican from Manchester, yesterday. Turns out Yellen, who in testimony before the House Financial Services Committee bragged about the strength of the economy, could not identify the Labor Force Participation Rate, a key economic indicator, which is at an historical low.
Guinta, who sits on the committee, waited patiently, while the Yellen fumbled through her notes for the number which Guinta said should have come right to mind, as the Federal Reserve relies on the stat to gauge the economy and set interest rates. As it turns out, at sixty two point eight percent, the number is low enough that she probably doesn’t want to remember it. In a statement released yesterday, Guinta said the committee was investigating the Fed’s possible political motivations for maintaining low interest rates as the near-zero rate may be driving up the stock market, as well as income inequality, while encouraging government debt and harming middle-class savers.
Guinta said Yellen can’t both tout economic vitality and argue that economic weakness necessitates near zero interest rates, saying it creates confusion and uncertainty in the economy.
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Are more business tax cuts on the way in New Hampshire? Well, given how G O P legislative leaders are crowing about a recent article published in The Hill newspaper, they just might be. The article puts the state’s fourteen percent growth in revenue at the top of the list in the country.
In a statement issued yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, Republican from Wolfeboro, credited cuts in the Business Profits and Business Enterprise taxes with bringing more than one hundred million in surplus funds this year. Said Bradley, quote:
“While many other states are seeing a dramatic decline in revenue, New Hampshire’s growth is proof that initiatives like cutting taxes for our state’s small businesses is critical to increased economic growth.”
Bradley also credited the tax cuts with putting more people to work.
House Majority Leader Dick Hinch, Republican from Merrimack, took aim at Governor Margaret Wood Hassan over the matter. He faulted Hassan for vetoing the budget on the false claim that the tax cuts were unpaid-for and would undermine the state’s economy and hobble its ability to address education, transportation and public health and safety need, including the opioid crisis, by blowing a ninety million hole in the budget.
Said Hinch, quote:
“She was wrong then to veto the budget, she is wrong now with her political commercial claims of crafting a bipartisan budget solution and she will be wrong if she also takes credit for the successes leading the way nationwide with a 14% increase in tax revenues.”
The towns of Derry and Londonderry and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, are advancing an updated environmental study for the I-93 Exit 4 A Project. The project consists of a new diamond interchange on I-93 in Londonderry, approximately one mile north of Exit 4. The new interchange would provide access to the east side of I-93. A one mile connector roadway would be built from the interchange to Folsom Road, near the intersection of North High Street and Madden Road, in Derry. Folsom and Tsienneto roads would be upgraded and the intersections improved. The project corridor from I-93 to the intersection of Tsienneto Road and Route 102 would be 3.2 miles. To stay abreast of project developments visit I 9 3 exit 4 a dot com.
Speaking of Derry, yesterday was the final “late Wednesday of the season at the town transfer station. The normal hours of operation from 6 to 3 30 will be in effect on Tuesday through Saturday. Town officials say they are not likely to restore Wednesday’s late hours due to lack of demand. What did they expect? Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day! Hey Annnnthoooooneeeeyyy!
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