Should more NH towns get on board with public-private commuter rail?

Sep 30, 2017
commuter rail

Nashua’s Mayor recently won initial approval from the Nashua Board of Alderman to form a public-private partnership between the city and a private railroad company. The Boston Surface Railroad Company is already planning to establish a commuter rail line from Bedford, NH to Worcester, MA and Providence, RI. Mayor Jim Donchess wants the trains to stop in Nashua and he has proposed that the city build a train station along the route.

Should NH pay back investments in successful pre-k programs?

Apr 15, 2016

On Wednesday, April 20 the New Hampshire House of Representatives will vote on a bill to enable “pay for success” preschool programs.

In a pay for success program, investors pay for a pre-kindergarten program.  If students enrolled in the program have better third grade reading proficiency and a reduced need for special education remediation, the state repays the investors.

Supporters argue pay for success programs enable the state to explore the benefits of pre-kindergarten education without risking limited state funds.

Meeting on public-private commuter rail

Aug 18, 2015

On Tuesday, August 18 a legislative committee will meet to study public-private partnerships for funding a New Hampshire commuter rail.

The committee was formed after the legislature declined to fund the next phase of studies for a commuter rail connecting southern New Hampshire to Massachusetts.

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