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PRS Testimonies

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 2, 2016

PRS students testify before the New Hampshire Arts and Culture Commission

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 Commitee 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 Justic 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.

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). 

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