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Join us for Our Annual Legislative Preview

2016 Policy Preview and Winter Social

Come join us at the Manchester Millyard Museum!

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Pie in the Sky Train Estimates Will Bankrupt Us

Pie in the sky train estimates will bankrupt us

The Pappas-Van Ostern Express is a good example of bad math driving debt and leaving taxpayers with an empty wallet. ...

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If New Hampshire had matched Massachusetts’s recovery speed, there would be 27,000 additional jobs in the state today.

A Tale of Two States: Economic Recovery in Massachusetts vs New Hampshire

If New Hampshire had matched Massachusetts’s recovery speed, there would be 27,000 additional jobs in the state today. This piece ...

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Live Free, But Ask First: Occupational Licensing in New Hampshire

Live Free, But Ask First: Occupational Licensing in New Hampshire

In the effort to rejuvenate New Hampshire's economy, occupational licensing is an important puzzle piece that is often overlooked. With ...

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Tackling Education Issues at the State Level

Tackling Education Issues at the State Level

Despite a recent shift toward national control over education policy, New Hampshire has implemented a variety of measures designed to ...

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Recent Articles

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    Minimum Wage Hike Will Hurt Entry Level Workers Most

    Proposals at the state and national level to increase the minimum wage will hurt the job market, decrease the number of jobs available, and hurt the people advocates are trying to help. Specifically, the higher wage will make it more expensive to hire entry level workers and reduce opportunities for lower skill workers trying to build job experience.

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    Are We Doomed to Be a Stagnant State?

    New Hampshire is complacent. As a state we seem to have accepted stagnation as a way of life and are just trying to figure out how to adapt to it. The vision of New Hampshire as an island of prosperity is receding as policymakers increasingly decide they must adopt rather than fight economic mediocrity.

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    2016 Policy Preview and Winter Social

    Come join us at the Manchester Millyard Museum!

  • Budget | Charlie | Weekly Column

    Pie in the sky train estimates will bankrupt us

    The Pappas-Van Ostern Express is a good example of bad math driving debt and leaving taxpayers with an empty wallet. Last week’s news release was not a new train plan but simply the old unaffordable plan with all the estimates revised down to make it appear cheaper but grotesquely unrealistic. This sort of new math is how governments go bankrupt.

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    As for state’s integrity, don’t look too closely

    When it comes to public integrity, New Hampshire is lackluster among states. According to the state rankings of the Center for Public Integrity, “New Hampshire is firmly in the lower tier,” ranked in a tie for 34th with the nominal grade of D-minus. The Center’s State Integrity Investigation found that, as in so many other areas, we aren’t who we think we are.

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    AG nullification of duty threatens state government

    The Attorney General’s refusal to defend state law, if allowed to stand, would rewrite state law and create an untenable secondary veto power in an appointed office. The “duty to defend” should itself be defended. The issues involved have little to do with one additional education funding lawsuit and everything to do with the balance of powers in state government.

  • Budget | Charlie | Weekly Column

    The State Government Disagrees With Itself On Education

    The state is refusing to defend itself and the governor is attacking herself for having bad ideas. Welcome to the world of education funding where lawsuits make everyone weird and no one seems to be able to figure out which way is up.

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    Margaret Thatcher and the New Canadian Prime Minister

    Newly elected Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and the late, great Margaret Thatcher can teach timid modern politicians that polling, especially the way it’s reported, doesn’t matter and in fact only drives the skittish toward inaction.