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Son-in-law Jared Kushner takes on a major role in Trump's fight with COVID-19. Also, emergency funding for people who can't pay their rent because of the pandemic.

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NH Retirement Impasse: Wednesday Deadline to Break Deadlock

June 2, 2008

Concord, NH - Expect tough talk at the State House today when negotiations resume on fixing the New Hampshire retirement system. Talks between the House and Senate broke down early Saturday over the House's move to cut pensions for future retirees -- a move that threatens to derail an agreement to use worker contributions to offset some of the retirement fund's $2.7 billion shortfall.

Dennis Kinnan with the State Employees' Association says coming to an agreement benefits everyone.

"If there can't be a settlement here, there's going to be a whopping big tax increase that could have been avoided. I think we're looking at layoffs. I think we're looking at a whole series of really not good things."

Kinnan reports workers have been packing the conference room to pressure the state to deliver the pensions it promised them. Legislators have been looking at putting new caps on those amounts. Kinnan says lawmakers need to remember the pensions aren't very large to begin with.

"We're talking about people who have retirements as low as $10,000. The average for all employees comes up to a little over $16,000 a year."

Last year the state passed a law requiring state and local governments to make up for more than 15 years of underpayments to the retirement fund. That could mean scaled-back services and maintenance for towns and cities, along with tax increases, to foot the bill.

The House and Senate have until Wednesday to make a deal. The current plan includes using $250 million from an employee contribution fund to help make up for the shortfall and ease the hit to government employers.

John Robinson/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - NH