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PRS Testimonies

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.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: June 7, 2013

PRS Students Testify Before the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

On Friday, June 7, 2013, two PRS students, Michael Sanchez ’13 and Richard D’Amato ’13 from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, made a presentation in Concord, NH to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), including Craig Wright, Director of the Air Resources Division and Michele Roberge, Administrator, Permitting and Environmental Health Bureau. 

 The students presented findings from their paper “Siting Energy Facilities” that examines the structures and processes used to cite energy facilities in six comparison states. The analysis is intended to inform options for the state of New Hampshire and highlights improvements in public participation, various structures for board membership and scope of responsibility, fee structures, and increased efficiency. Following the presentation, the NHDES staff and students discussed the implications of their research for both policy making and environmental administration in the state.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 31, 2013

PRS Students Testify Before the City Manager of Lebanon, New Hampshire

On Friday, May 31, 2013, two students from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop at Dartmouth College traveled to Lebanon, New Hampshire to present a report to Greg Lewis, the City Manager of Lebanon. Earlier in the academic year, Mr. Lewis requested an analysis that targeted strategies for IT innovation in local government. The project initially began in Professor Margaret Post’s PBPL 48: Policy Analysis and Local Governance course. The two students, Don Casler ’14 and Katie Schade ’13, shared a PowerPoint presentation offering a comparative analysis of IT government services in comparable towns in New Hampshire.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 28, 2013

PRS Students Testify Before Members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, three students from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop at Dartmouth College traveled to Concord, NH to present a report to members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Earlier in the academic year, State Representative Carol McGuire (R, Merrimack) requested an analysis of Chapter 339 of New Hampshire’s Commerce Clause, targeting statutes that were out of date. The three PRS students, Hugh Danilack ’15, Sasha Dudding ’15, and Carolyn Gaut ’15 presented their findings to Chairman Ed Butler (D, Carroll) and other members of the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 14, 2013

PRS Students Testify Before the Town of Windsor, VT Selectboard

On Tuesday evening, May 14, 2013, PRS students Brandon DeBot ’14 and Andres Ramirez ’14 traveled to Windsor, Vermont to address the members of the Windsor Selectboard. Last summer, Windsor Town Manager Tom Marsh requested an analysis of possible areas of regionalization of services between the Vermont towns of Windsor, West Windsor, Weathersfield, and Hartland. DeBot and Ramirez were joined by Amy Couture ’14 to conduct the research and analysis to provide an assessment of the feasibility of regionalization in these four towns. At the May 14 meeting public meeting of the Windsor Selectboard, DeBot and Ramirez presented the results of their research in “Regionalization in Vermont: Benefits and Challenges of Regionalization in Windsor, West Windsor, Hartland, and Weathersfield.” 

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