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PRS Testimonies

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 3, 2012

PRS Students Testify Before NH House of Representatives’ Committee to Study the Rulemaking Authority of State Agencies to Establish Fees

On Thursday, May 3, 2012, two PRS students, Travis Blalock ’12 and Stephen Prager ’14, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, traveled to Concord to testify before the NH House of Representatives’ Committee to Study the Rulemaking Authority of State Agencies to Establish Fees. The team presented their work identifying, recording, and cross-referencing every fee and fine charged by the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) in the NH Administrative Rules, as well as a comparative study of the advantages and disadvantages of different fee-setting systems.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: March 8, 2012

PRS Students Present Research to the New Hampshire Department of Safety

On Thursday, March 8, 2012, three PRS students, Mike Danaher ’13, Amy Couture ’14, and Tina Meng ’14, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, traveled to the NH Department of Safety building in Concord, NH to deliver a presentation to Commissioner of Safety John Barthelmes and the directors of the Division of Motor Vehicles, State Police, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Fire Safety and Fire Marshal, Fire Standards and Training/EMS, Emergency Communications and 911, and Administration. The team summarized their findings from twenty-one case studies and many elite interviews, and synthesized this material by communicating “best practices” for the department and each division.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: March 6, 2012

PRS Students Testify before NH House Committee on Election Law

On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, three Dartmouth students, Stephen Prager ’14, Manav Raj ’15, and Joseph Singh ’14, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, traveled to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in Concord to testify before a special session of the House Committee on Election Law at the request of Chairman David Bates. The PRS team presented the findings of their research into the number of eligible voters in New Hampshire lacking government-issued photo identification, and analyzed the costs and benefits of several policy options for reforming the voting registration and identification requirements in the state.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: February 16, 2012

PRS Students Testify Before VT House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, three Dartmouth students, Li-Ning Yang ’15, Chinedu Udeh ’12, and Andrew Clay ’12, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, traveled to the Vermont House of Representatives in Montpelier to testify before the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy at the request of Chairman Tony Klein. The PRS team testified on policy options for establishing an Office of Ombudsman in the State of Vermont. The students presented case studies of statewide Ombudsman offices currently found in five states and implementation options available for Vermont to consider. Following a twenty-minute presentation, the students responded to questions and comments from members of the committee. The team also enjoyed a visit to the House and Senate chambers in the state capitol building with Chairman Klein.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: February 10, 2012

PRS Students Testify Before NH Special Committee on Public Employee Pensions Reform

On Friday, February 10, 2012, three Dartmouth students from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, Michael Altamirano ’13, Stephen Cheung ’13, and Brandon Debot ’14, traveled to the NH Legislative Office Building in Concord, NH, to testify before the NH Special Committee on Public Employee Pensions Reform. At the invitation of Chairman Ken Hawkins, the PRS team presented their analysis of policy options for reforming the way in which the state of New Hampshire awards cost of living adjustments (COLAs) to its retirees.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: February 8, 2012

PRS Students Testify Before NH Legal Advice and Referral Center

On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, three Dartmouth students from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, Zheng-Yi Yang ’14, Danielle Unterschutz ’14, and Ayushi Narayan ’14, traveled to the headquarters of the NH Legal Advice and Referral Center, in Concord, NH, to present their findings of a months-long analysis of complex data from the center’s phone system.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: November 1, 2011

PRS Students Testify Before Grafton County Commission and Grafton County Jail Task Force

On Tuesday, November 1, 2011, three Dartmouth students from the Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop traveled to Haverhill, NH to address the Grafton County Commission and the Grafton County Jail Task Force. Earlier in the term, County Commissioners Mike Cryans and Ray Burton asked the students to analyze what other counties in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine have done with their closed jails when new jails are built and to offer options to the Commission and the Task Force regarding the soon to be closed County Correctional Facility. PRS students Michael Sanchez ’13, Marissa Greco ’12, and Rick D’Amato ’13 produced for the Commission a policy brief, “Grafton County Correctional Facility: An Analysis of Options for the Old Grafton County Jail,” and presented their findings in a PowerPoint presentation. The students also responded to questions from the commissioners and task force members.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 24, 2011

PRS Students Testify Before Claremont, NH Committee

On the evening of May 24, 2011 four Dartmouth students from the Policy Research Shop at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center traveled to Claremont, New Hampshire to present and discuss their research into methods for conducting an inventory of residential properties in Claremont. Travis Blalock ’12, Kelsey Clark ’11, Austin Major ’14, and Eric Yang ’14 met with Claremont’s “City Center Project” Steering Committee, several town officials, and interested citizens during the monthly meeting of the Steering Committee. The housing stock survey is the first stage in the project which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 19, 2011

PRS Student Presents Research on Renewable Energy Incentives to the Lebanon, NH Energy Advisory Committee

On May 19, 2011, Brian Freeman ’11, a student researcher at the Policy Research Shop at the Rockefeller Center, presented an analysis of renewable energy incentive programs to the Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee. The report assesses the suitability of two renewable energy incentive programs, property tax exemptions and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), for Lebanon. Using data from 83 New Hampshire municipalities that have enacted property tax exemptions for renewable energy installations, the report projects that the fiscal impact of enacting the exemptions in Lebanon would be minimal. The report also describes how municipalities have modified the PACE loan program in response to a legal challenge by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The report was authored by Brian Freeman ’11, Jason Goodman ’12, and Christine Souffrant ’11.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 11, 2011

PRS Students Testify Before the Bi-State Upper Valley Sierra Club

On May 11, 2011, four students from the Policy Research Shop at the Rockefeller Center were the invited guests for the bi-monthly meeting of the Bi-State Upper Valley Sierra Club comprised of citizens from both Vermont and New Hampshire interested in environmental justice issues. The students, Alexi Pappas ’12, Lindsay Brewer ’13, Marissa Greco ’12, and Zachary Schwartz ’11 presented the results of an analysis of carbon tax implementation strategies, reviewing New Hampshire’s current energy policies as a part of a comprehensive climate change plan. Engaging with case studies where carbon taxes were implemented at the producer and consumer level, the students demonstrated ways a climate tax could be designed and effectively utilized in a New Hampshire setting.

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