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PRS Testimonies

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 27, 2015

PRS Students Testify on Vermont Town Administrative Cost findings to the Town of Strafford’s SelectBoard

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Policy Research Shop students Tyler Stoff ’15, Mariel Wallace ’16, and David Garcia ’16 traveled to the historic Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Vermont to meet with members of the Strafford Selectboard. The PRS students provided the members of the Selectboard, chaired by John Freitag, with an analysis of the salaries of town employees for 49 Vermont towns with populations from 892 to 1,264. The students compared salaries for clerks, assistant clerks, treasurers, and road maintenance crews by town populations, office hours per week, and annual property tax revenues.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 23, 2015

PRS Students Present Aquaculture findings to New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, Policy Research Shop students, Michael Baicker ’17 and Ke Zhao ’17, traveled to Concord to present their findings to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). Baicker and Zhao, along with teammate Mary Katherine Andrews, have spent the past six months completing research on aquaculture policy for the Wetlands Bureau of the NH Department of Environmental Services. Their policy brief, “Developing New Hampshire Aquaculture Regulation: A Comparative Case Study of Eastern Coastal States,” was presented by Baicker and Zhao to Tom Burack ’82, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services, Dori Wiggin, the regional supervisor of the DES Wetlands Bureau (responsible for promulgating the new Aquaculture rules), and three of her staff members.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 9, 2015

PRS Students Testify on Natural Gas to the NH House Committee on Science, Technology, and Energy

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, Maggie Fiertz ’15, Mark Sheridan ’15, and Hamza Abbasi ’16, 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 New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on Science, Technology and Energy, chaired by Rep. Robert E. Introne. The students presented their policy brief, “Natural Gas in New Hampshire,” to the full committee and responded to questions from the committee members. The students discussed the current mix of renewable and non-renewable energy sources utilized in New Hampshire and across the New England states and assessed the current and future prospects for natural gas as a “bridge fuel” for meeting energy needs.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: March 12, 2015

PRS Students Present Potential Trust Fund Strategies to VT House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, three PRS students traveled to Montpelier, VT to testify before the Vermont House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources, chaired by Rep. David Deen.  The students—Ana Marija Pongrac ’15, Tyler Stoff ’15, and Katelyn Schultz ’16—presented their policy brief, “Vermont Environmental Trust Fund Establishment: An Analysis of Potential Strategies” and fielded questions from committee members. The students provided the committee with case studies of other states that had implemented environmental trust funds, including North Carolina, Maryland, and Nebraska.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: March 3, 2015

PRS Students Present Minimum Wage Findings to NH Senate Finance Committee

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, four Dartmouth undergraduates from the Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop traveled to Concord, NH to testify before the NH Senate Finance Committee on SB 261, a bill to raise the minimum wage in New Hampshire above the federal minimum wage standard of $7.25 per hour. The PRS students—Andrew Carothers ’17, Sam Libby ’17, Joby Bernstein ’17, and Gabriel Lopez Low ’15—provided an overview of the background and demographics relating to the minimum wage in New Hampshire (PRS Policy Brief 1415-01). 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: August 20, 2014

PRS Students Present on Child Welfare Policies and Youth Foster Care Placement

Sakina Abu Boakye ’16, Irene Cofie ’16, Sarah Ogren ’16, and Mariel Wallace ’16 from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop traveled to Concord Wednesday, August 20, 2014, to present the results of two research projects to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Children Youth and Families (DCYF). Over several months Sakina, Irene, and Mariel examined the reasons for substantiation of child maltreatment with both quantitative and qualitative analyses, and produced their policy brief, “Child Maltreatment in New Hampshire: Assessing the Substantiation Process.”

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 6, 2014

Two PRS Policy Briefs Presented to the NH Commission on State Government Innovation, Efficiency, and Transparency

On May 6, 2014 three veteran Policy Research Shop students traveled to Concord to testify before the New Hampshire Commission on State Government Innovation, Efficiency, and Transparency—a commission formed by Governor Maggie Hassan. Seniors Ellen Daily, Ayushi Narayan, and Eric Yang presented their policy brief, “Bolstering Government Transparency in New Hampshire: An Evaluation of Challenges and Best Practices in Online Fiscal Transparency across the United States,” and responded to questions from Commission members.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 10, 2014

PRS Students Testify Before New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, three members of the Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop traveled to Concord to testify before the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Joshua Schiefelbein ’14, Zach Markovich ’15, and Avery Feingold ’17 presented their policy brief, “POLST Registries: Supporting End of Life Decision Making,” in formal testimony before the committee.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: February 27, 2014

PRS Students Testify Before Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee

On Thursday, February 27th, three Policy Research Shop (PRS) students traveled to Montpelier, VT to delivered their findings in formal testimony. Sean Connolly ’16, Katie Schultz ’16, and Nick Shallow ’16 testified before Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee. They were invited to present by Senator Anthony Pollina, who contacted the Rockefeller Center’s PRS to request a study related to Vermont State Bill S.131, which proposes “that the Vermont Pension Investment Committee divest from companies that extract, produce, or refine fossil fuels.” 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: June 25, 2013

PRS Students Testify Before Large Audience in Concord, New Hampshire

Mark Sheridan ’15 and Lorelei Yang ’15 from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop traveled to Concord on June 25, 2013 to present on the implementation of New Hampshire’s Medicaid managed care plan. NH Representative Laurie Harding and members of the NH Senate requested a report on the topic. The students presented to a large audience of Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee members, the state’s Deputy Medicaid Director, representatives from two of the managed care companies participating in the new Medicaid plan, and members of lobbying organizations, the public, and media. The presentation highlighted key considerations for New Hampshire when implementing its Medicaid managed care plan. Natalia Agredo ’13, Morgan Wharton ’13, and Sarah Wildes ’13 also co-authored the report.

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