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In December of 2020, nine months after New Hampshire's first stay-at-home order was announced, there were about 180 fewer births than the same period in 2019 and at least 100 fewer than any year since 2015, according to data from the NH Vital Records Information Network. Kenneth Johnson, senior demographer with the Carsey School, said this the decline in births is only expected to grow. According to Johnson, “I think a lot of women who might have been thinking about having children have simply decided that this is not the time to have a baby."
After taking unprecedented steps to cope with the pandemic, Gov. Chris Sununu now faces a multi-front campaign to check or weaken the governor’s power to deal with future emergencies. Michael Ettlinger, founding director of the Carsey School, said this battle over emergency powers is being fought in statehouses across the country. “The system is checks and balances. You do want the Legislature involved whenever possible, but there is a reason you have emergency power,” Ettlinger said during an interview. “There are times when something comes on suddenly, or the situation is so volatile that it’s not feasible to involve the Legislature in a timely manner.”
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