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PRS Testimonies

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 9th, 2017

PRS Students Testify Before the Board of Directors of Vital Communities

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students, Wafaa Ahmed ’17 and Joby Bernstein ’17, traveled to White River Junction, VT to testify before the Board of Directors of Vital Communities, an Upper Valley nonprofit organization that focuses on economic development, energy and the environment, and social capital building.  The students conducted two distinct analyses in their report, “Upper Valley Needs Assessment Research: Surveying Upper Valley Community Leaders,” PRS Policy Brief 1617-10.  

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 25, 2017

PRS Students Testify before the Vermont House Committee on Human Services

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students, Emily Schneider ’19 and Brian Thorpe ’19, traveled to Montpelier to testify before the Vermont House Committee on Human Services.  Emily, a biology major and public policy minor, and Brian, an economics major and public policy minor, spent the fall and winter terms researching and drafting their report, “Social Impact Bonds: A Comprehensive Review,” (PRS Policy Brief 1617-08) at the request of Committee Chair Ann Pugh. 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 21, 2017

PRS Students Testify before the Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife

On Friday, April 21, 2017, two Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students, Joby Bernstein ’17 and Bill Kosmidis ’19, traveled to Montpelier to testify before the Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, chaired by Rep. David Deen.  In a prior PRS testimony before the committee, PRS students had presented a policy brief that placed a valuation on Lake Champlain.  Following that testimony, Chairman Deen requested a similar valuation study for the Connecticut River. 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: March 9th, 2017

PRS Students Testify Before the Vermont Arts Council

On Thursday, March 9th, 2017, two students from the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop – Megan Mishra '17 and Genna Liu '19 – traveled to Montpelier to present to members of the Vermont Arts Council, including Alex Aldrich (Executive Director), Zon Eastes (Outreach and Advancement), Troy Hickman (Education Programs Manager), and Kira Bacon (Communications and Outreach Manager). The students presented findings from their study “Vermont Arts Education: Assessment of the State of Art Education in Vermont Schools,” which explored the viability of creating an online database to track the scope of the arts curriculum offered at Vermont K-12 schools.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: March 1st, 2017

PRS Students Testify on Autonomous Vehicles (AV) Legislation across the United States, as the New Hampshire House Transportation Committee Considers Adopting State AV Laws

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Neil Kamath '17, Sam Libby '17, and Paulomi Rao '19, students from The Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College, traveled to Concord to present their research findings to the New Hampshire House Transportation Committee, Chaired by Rep. Steven Smith. The students presented their policy brief, "Developing Autonomous Vehicle Policy in New Hampshire: Evaluating Policy Options across the United States," while discussing HB314, sponsored by Chairman Smith. The bill would establish the first set of regulations in New Hampshire that specifically address autonomous vehicles, or "self-driving cars." The students presented to the Committee and responded to a range of questions from the Committee members.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 2, 2016

PRS students testify before the New Hampshire Arts and Culture Commission

On Monday, May 2, 2016, three students from the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop—Abigail Rohman ’16, Amy Ruining Sun ’17, and Taylor Watson ’16—traveled to Concord to present their research findings to the Commission to Study the Economic Impact of the Arts and Culture in New Hampshire, co-chaired by Rep. Ken Gidge and Rep. David Danielson.  The Commission also included Senator Martha Fuller Clark and Ginnie Lupi, Director of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, as well as twelve state leaders in the arts and culture industries. 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 12, 2016

Two PRS Teams Testify in Concord

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, two teams of students from the Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop traveled to Concord, NH to testify before two committees in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.  In the morning session, PRS students Leehi Yona ‘16 and Patrick Saylor ’16 testified before the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee, chaired by Rep. Robert Introne.  Yona and Saylor presented the findings derived from their PRS Brief, “Modernizing New Hampshire’s Electrical Grid,” co-authored with Jordan Einhorn ‘17 and Dennise Hernandez ’17.  They presented their findings to the full committee and responded to questions from committee members following their presentation. 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: March 8, 2016

PRS Students Testify Before the VT House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources on the Value of Lake Champlain

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Policy Research Shop students Julie Decerega ’18, Oscar Guerra ’18, and David Tramonte ’18 testified before the Vermont House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources, chaired by Rep. David Deen.  The students’ policy brief, “The Value of Lake Champlain: An Economic and Environmental Analysis,” (PRS Brief 1516-01), assessed the value of Lake Champlain by analyzing water quality, property values, tourism, and other measures. 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: February 18, 2016

PRS Students Testify on the Possible Creation of a Habitual Drug Dealer Registry in the NH House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety

On Thursday, February 18, 2016, Ray Lu ’18, Jay Raju ’18, and Rachel Scholz-Bright ’18, students from The Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College, traveled to Concord to present their research findings to the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, chaired by Rep. John Tholl.  The students presented their policy brief, “Establishing a Drug Dealer Registry in New Hampshire,” while testifying on HB1603, sponsored by Rep. James Belanger.  The bill would establish a habitual drug dealer registry in New Hampshire.  The students presented to the committee and responded to questions from the committee members. 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: June 1, 2015

PRS Students Testify on Paycheck Fairness to New Hampshire Women’s Foundation

On Monday, June 1, 2015, Policy Research Shop students Megan Mishra ’17 and Kevin Zhang ’17 traveled to Concord, New Hampshire to meet with the Research and Policy Committee of the NH Women’s Foundation, chaired by New Hampshire Women’s Foundation President and CEO Terie Norelli. They arrived to present the results of several months of research on how to ameliorate New Hampshire’s wage gap. On average, working women in New Hampshire earn seventy-eight cents for every dollar that men earn, and The Paycheck Fairness Act in New Hampshire (SB 207), which went into effect on January 1, 2015, looks to close this gender wage gap by allowing employees to discuss their salaries and identify employer discrimination without the threat of legal retribution. The question the students addressed was how New Hampshire’s legislation might best be implemented.

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