- 1 Ways to Resist
- 2 Updates
- 3 Actions Taken by the State Government
- 4 Key Upcoming Elections
- 5 Healthcare
- 6 Policing
- 7 Immigration
- 8 Voting Rights
- 9 Mass Incarceration
- 10 Benefits / Tax Cuts
- 11 Housing/Infrastructure
- 12 Women's Rights/Reproductive Justice
- 13 LGBTQ+ Issues
- 14 Educational Justice
- 15 Consumer Protections/Workers' Rights
- 16 Climate / Environment
- 17 Disability Rights
- 18 Organizations and Events
- 19 Local News Sources
- 20 Relevant City and County Information
Ways to Resist
- Contact your elected officials:
- Governor Chris Sununu (Republican)
- Physical Address: Office of Governor Christopher Sununu, State House, 107 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301
- Office Phone Number: tel:(603)-271-2121
- Fax: (603) 271-7640
- Twitter: @ChrisSununu (personal account), @GovChrisSununu (Office of NHGOV)
- Instagram: @chrissununu (personal account; not private)
- Attorney General Joseph A. Foster (Democrat)
- Secretary of State Honorable William Gardner (Democrat)
- Governor Chris Sununu (Republican)
- Get involved with local organizations.
- Find organizations with state and local presences working in your area.
- Check out our Tools of Resistance.
- Look for upcoming state and local events and local event calendars.
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To see past updates for New Hampshire, click here.
Actions Taken by the State Government
Legislation that Supports Equity and Justice
Important bills proposed by New Hampshire lawmakers this legislative session that should be supported:
- HB 558 would prohibit state or local jurisdictions from contracting with private prisons and private immigration detention centers.
- HB 478 would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Harmful bills proposed by New Hampshire lawmakers this legislative session that should be opposed:
- HB 520 is a so-called "right to work" bill. The bill would allow the state to prohibit unions that collectively bargain on behalf of both members and nonmembers from requiring union fees for the services they provide to all workers they represent. Such laws are designed to reduce unions' income and power.
- HB 464 repeals the authority of election officials to vouch for the identity of voters or to accept any photo identification they determine to be legitimate.
See also the main policy pages for federal legislative tracking.
Key Upcoming Elections
Click here to find out if you're registered to vote. Register to vote here. The deadline is 10 days before Election Day. Same-day in-person registration is available on Election Day. Bring proof of identification the first time you vote. A non-photo ID is requested every time you vote.
2018 Competitive House Elections
- New Hampshire District 1 is a competitive district with the potential to flip to red. Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D) won the 2016 election with 45.8% of the vote. Trump won the district in the 2016 presidential election with 48.2% of the vote.
- New Hampshire District 2 is a competitive district with the potential to flip to red. Representative Ann McLane Kuster (D) won the 2016 election with 49.8% of the vote. Clinton won the district in the 2016 presidential election with 48.7% of the vote.
- The current Republican governor is up for reelection in 2018.
- Manchester's Mayoral elections will be held in 2017, with primaries on September 19 and general elections on November 7 (filing deadline July 21).
- Manchester's City Council elections will be held in 2017, with primaries on September 19 and general elections on November 7 (filing deadline July 21).
In New Hampshire, 5% of the population remains uninsured compared to a national average of 9%. New Hampshire is a state that has expanded Medicaid coverage to more people as allowed under the ACA.
- If there is a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, 80,000 people in New Hampshire (or 6.0% of the population) are estimated to lose coverage, whereas 118,000 people (or 8.9% of the population) will lose coverage with a partial repeal. (Retrieved 1/28/2017 from ACA Repeal Impact, state-by-state.) This is because with a full repeal, premiums will not increase the way they would under a partial repeal, since insurance companies will be able to discriminate on the basis of preexisting conditions and won't be required to provide essential health benefits. Not covering preexisting conditions will disproportionately affect people with disabilities.
- The number of uninsured people in New Hampshire is predicted to be 62,000 by 2021 under the ACA. Without the ACA, that number is expected to rise to 155,000, a 147.7% increase.
- New Hampshire is among the many states that lost the ability to place lifetime limits on coverage, because that practice is banned by the ACA; those limits are likely to be reinstated under a full repeal.
- New Hampshire is estimated to be in the top 10 states that would be negatively affected by a repeal, with the fourth highest increase in uninsured people by 2019. It would also be the #1 state in uncompensated care costs by 2021.
- Given that a repeal of the ACA would also change payment structures and subsidies, 13,000 jobs could be lost in New Hampshire in the event of repeal. When federal funding is cut, it creates a ripple effect that affects local and state revenue, thus creating losses in economic activity and employment.
- Tens of thousands of New Hampshire residents could lose access to substance abuse counseling if the ACA is repealed.
- Under the ACA Repeal-and-Delay strategy, young adults in New Hampshire could pay $526 More in 2018.
- 10 people have been killed by police in the state of New Hampshire from 2013 through 2016.
- 0% of the people killed by police were black.
- No homicide rates for police killings per population are available at this time..
- As of 2013, 5.7% of the population of New Hampshire was foreign-born, numbering 75,175 people.
- 40,448 of those immigrants in New Hampshire in 2013 were naturalized citizens eligible to vote.
- Unauthorized immigrants made up about 0.9% of the state's population, or 10,000 people, in 2012.
- Although the foreign-born population of New Hampshire is only about 6% of the state's total population, nearly one in ten New Hampshire residents with a graduate or professional degree is foreign-born.
- Immigrants made up 6% of New Hampshire's workforce in 2013, according to the US Census Bureau.
- Unauthorized immigrants made up roughly 1.2% of the workforce in 2012.
- If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from New Hampshire, the state would lose $893.2 million in economic activity, $396.7 million in gross state product, and approximately 5,220 jobs.
No administrative regions in New Hampshire currently have any special policies toward responding to ICE detainer requests.
According to State Department data, 178 individuals were resettled in New Hampshire in 2016.
- For the 2016 Election, New Hampshire was one of 14 states with new voter restrictions in place, including that a photo ID was requested to vote. Voters without acceptable IDs were required to get photographed at the polls, and the photograph was affixed to an affidavit.
- Legislation has also been introduced to eliminate Election Day registration. The media has reported that the incoming governor may seek to discontinue the practice..
- Unexpectedly poor Democratic performance in the 2016 election has been attributed to Republican-led redistricting, and in 2017 bills have been introduced to reform the redistricting process.
- In 2014, New Hampshire had 4,752 incarcerated people, plus a probation population of 3,994 and parole population of 2,256.
- 0 people are incarcerated in private prisons in New Hampshire.
- 78 juveniles are in custody in New Hampshire.
- Of the prison population, 213 people were serving life sentences, and 79 were serving life sentences without parole.
- In New Hampshire, a black person is 5.2 times more likely to be incarcerated than a white person.
- Corrections expenditures in 2014 were $101 million.Hampshire&state2Option=0
Benefits / Tax Cuts
- New Hampshire residents who face a tax increase under Trump’s plan:
- Households: 32,000
- Adults and children: 94,000
- Children: 55,000
- In 2015, an average of 51,478 households and 106,296 individuals received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) in a given month in New Hampshire. In 2011, approximately 9% of the population of New Hampshire was receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps). The average monthly benefit per New Hampshire household was $218 per household and $104 per person in 2016.
- In 2016, an average of 4,784 households, including 2,466 families and 3,692 children, received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which is direct financial assistance, in a given month. The average monthly benefit for a single parent with three children residing in New Hampshire was $675 in 2014. Average benefits in New Hampshire have fallen in value by 19.5% since 1996.
- In 2016, an average of 3,086 women received funds from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in a given month.
- In December 2015, there were 885 Social Security recipients in the "aged" category who received $385.31 per person on average, for a total of $341,000.
- 33,300 low-income families spent more than half of their income on housing.
- In 2014, New Hampshire had 32 units of affordable and available housing for every 100 households categorized as “extremely low income” (at or below 30% of area median income.)
- In New Hampshire, there were 1,366 homeless people in 2016.
- Of the homeless population, there were 185 families, 123 veterans, 79 unaccompanied young adults (18-24), and 281 people experiencing chronic homelessness.
- New Hampshire received $174 million in federal rental assistance funding in 2014.
- New Hampshire, more than 22,000 families relied on federal rental assistance in 2014.
- Nearly all New Hampshire households using federal rental assistance included children, elderly people or disabled people.
- New Hampshire's infrastructure received a score of C from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2015.
- This study gave the state a “good” score for energy, and identified inland waterways as being in “poor” condition.
- In 2013, the Department of Transportation found that 32.4% of New Hampshire's bridges were structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and 54% of New Hampshire's roads were in poor or mediocre condition.
- Driving on these roads leads to an additional $259 per motorist per year in increased vehicle repairs and operating costs.
- According to Governor Maggie Hassan (D), improving roads and bridges is a major infrastructure goal for New Hampshire.
Women's Rights/Reproductive Justice
- New Hampshire has five Planned Parenthood centers.
- In 2015, three centers were in rural, medically underserved, or health-provider shortage areas.
- On average, there is one Planned Parenthood for 48,800 women of reproductive age.
- There were 12 abortion providers in New Hampshire in 2015.
- In 2014, 19.4 out of every 1,000 women of reproductive age in New Hampshire had an abortion. The national abortion rate is 14.6.
- Parental notice is required for minors.
- State Medicaid does not fund most abortions.
Women and Wages
- In New Hampshire, 9.2% of women live in poverty. 30.3% of single mothers live in poverty, as do 7.6% of women age 65 and older.
- For every dollar made by men, women are paid $0.76, which is four cents below the national average of $0.80.
- African American women are paid $0.65 for every dollar paid to white men, while Latina women make $0.70 for every dollar made by white men.
- More than 50% of all New Hampshire women have experienced physical or sexual violence.
- 92% of all homicides and suicide in the State are related to domestic violence. The majority of domestic violence homicides are committed with firearms.
Religious freedom law
New Hampshire does not have any state religious freedom laws. Religious freedom laws protect the right of people to practice their religion and limit laws imposing on that right, and were intended to protect religious minorities. However, after same-sex marriage was legalized, conservative states have attempted to enact similar laws with provisions that allow discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals.
New Hampshire has nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, but lacks nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in education, adoption, insurance and credit.
New Hampshire has nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in foster care and surrogacy, and has parental presumption for same-sex couples and de facto parent recognition. The state does not have foster parent training, or second-parent adoption laws.
Hate crime laws
New Hampshire does not require reporting of hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people, and only includes sexual orientation (not gender identity) in applying hate crime protections.
New Hampshire does not have laws protecting LGBTQ+ youth, such as transgender inclusion in sports, protection from conversion therapy, laws to address LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education laws, or LGBTQ+ inclusive juvenile justice policies.
Health and safety laws
New Hampshire does not have nondiscrimination laws protecting the health and safety of its LGBTQ+ citizens, including nondiscrimination protections in the ACA exchanges, a ban on insurance exclusions for trans health care, trans-inclusive health benefits for state employees, gender marker changes on identification documents, and gender-neutral single-occupancy restrooms. New Hampshire does have transgender exclusions in state Medicaid.
- New Hampshire is ranked 13th in per-pupil spending as of 2013, with an average expenditure of $13,721 per student.
- As of 2013, New Hampshire ranked 20th in teacher pay, with teachers earning an average of $55,599 per year.
- 89% of students in New Hampshire attend public schools. As is the case in other states, students who attend private schools come from wealthier families, with private school families earning an average 35% higher income.
- As of 2014, public charter school enrollment accounted for 1.1% of total public school enrollment.
- New Hampshire's overall graduation rate is 88%, above the national average. By subgroups, four-year graduation rates in New Hampshire are as follows:
- White: 89%
- Latino: 77%
- Black: 84%
- Asian/Pacific Islander: 90%
- American Indian: 84%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 77%
- Limited English Proficient: 75%
- Students with Disabilities: 72%
Consumer Protections/Workers' Rights
- New Hampshire is a right-to-work state. Broadly speaking, Right-to-Work laws prohibit unions from forcing non-union members to pay fees to the union, thereby reducing union membership and collective bargaining power.
- New Hampshire has no state minimum wage: it was repealed by HB 133 in 2011. The minimum wage in the state is thus the same as the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
- New Hampshire has no state law for paid sick leave.
- New Hampshire has no state law for paid family leave.
- New Hampshire is a state with an at-will exemption. "At-will" means that an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason, except an illegal one, or for no reason, without breaking the law. Likewise, an employee is free to leave a job at any time for any or no reason with no adverse legal consequences.
- New Hampshire also has a public policy exemption, meaning that an employer may not fire an employee if it would violate the state's public policy doctrine or a state or federal statute, including refusing to perform an act that state law prohibits (e.g., refusing an employer's request to commit perjury at a trial), reporting a violation of the law (e.g., reporting an employer's fraudulent accounting practices or use of child labor), engaging in acts that are in the public interest (e.g., joining the National Guard or performing jury duty) and exercising a statutory right (e.g., filing a claim under the state workers' compensation law).
- New Hampshire does allow for implied contract exemptions.. An implied contract can be created in several different ways: oral assurances by a supervisor; or handbooks, policies or practices as written assurances by the employer. This means that if there is no written contract between the employer and employee, that employee may have an exception of fixed term or even indefinite employment based on an employer's statements. As a general rule, courts disregard language promising long-term, lifetime or permanent employment as aspirational and consider the relationship to be at-will.
- New Hampshire does support the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing. Courts have interpreted this in different ways, from requiring just cause for termination to prohibiting terminations made in bad faith or motivated by malice.
Climate / Environment
- Almost 30% of New Hampshire's electricity generation is natural gas, about 57% is from nuclear, 4% is from hydroelectric and the rest is from nonhydroelectric renewable sources.
- New Hampshire has 20 sites on the National Priorities List.
- Approximately 13.45% of New Hampshire's land is federally owned.
- In 2014, the Latino population had the highest air pollution exposure indices, of 43, and the Black population had an air pollution exposure index of 41, compared to an overall index of 25 and a White index of 24.
- In 2012, Native American adults in New Hampshire were most likely to have asthma—14.7%, compared to 10.5% overall.
- The environmental agency in New Hampshire is the Department of Environmental Services.
- New Hampshire created a climate action plan in 2009, which established the goal of reducing emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, along with a midterm goal of 20% reductions by 2025.
- New Hampshire has a renewable energy portfolio goal of 25% by 2025.
- 12.9% of New Hampshire's residents are disabled, compared with the national average of 12.6%. [2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table R1810]
- The employment rate among disabled adults in New Hampshire is 39.5%, compared to the national average of 34.9%. People without disabilities in New Hampshire have a 82.9% employment rate. [2015 US Census American Community Survey, Tables R1811 & B18120]
- Approximately 14.7% of eligible voters in New Hampshire have one or more disabilities, compared to a national average of 15.7%.
- Of adults with disabilities in New Hampshire, 23.6% live in poverty, as opposed to 6.1% of non-disabled adults. [2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table B23024] The poverty rate for disabled children under 5 is 25.5%, as opposed to 12.3% for non-disabled children.[2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table B18130]
- In New Hampshire, 4.6% of adults between 18 and 64 receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income), compared to the national average of 5.4%. [2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table B19056]
Organizations and Events
Find state/local chapters of national organizations here.
- 350 New Hampshire, working on climate change
- ACLU New Hampshire
- America 2.0 (Manchester)
- Granite State Progress
- Indivisible New Hampshire
- New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for Action
- Occupy New Hampshire, Seacoast; Twitter @OccupyNHSeacoast
- Portsmouth Democrats
- The Resistance Seacoast
- Seacoast Peace Response
State and Local Disability Rights Organizations
- Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire
- Disability Rights Center NH, New Hampshire's Protection & Advocacy (P&A) Agency
- Granite State Independent Living
- Merrimack Valley Assistance Program (HIV/AIDS)
- NAMI New Hampshire (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
- NH Council on Developmental Disabilities
- ServiceLink, New Hampshire's Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
- OlmsteadRights list of New Hampshire disability resources
See also Upcoming Events and Opportunities.
- Swing Left events for New Hampshire's 1st and 2nd districts (helping elect progressives to the House)