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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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The Problem with Tax Write-offs

The Problem with Tax Write-offs

The best discussion of our understanding of modern tax policy comes from the classic television show Seinfeld. Everyone’s favorite economist, ...

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

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

Despite historically leading the region out of recessions, the New Hampshire has become a laggard in comparison to Massachusetts.

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Off Budget:
What Happens if New Hampshire Doesn’t Have a Budget by June 30?

Off Budget: What Happens if New Hampshire Doesn’t Have a Budget by June 30?

What happens if there is no state budget by June 30? With the Legislature and Governor at such odds on ...

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Does Commuter Rail Create Jobs?

Does Commuter Rail Create Jobs?

While studies of proposed passenger commuter rail lines often predict job creation, studies of lines that have been built and ...

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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.

  • Education Policy | Policy in Brief

    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 embrace localization and flexibility. Some of the policies that have arisen include a new learning model, raised teacher quality, promotion of charter schools, and a raised dropout age

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    The Problem with Tax Write-offs

    The best discussion of our understanding of modern tax policy comes from the classic television show Seinfeld. Everyone’s favorite economist, Kramer, encourages Jerry to defraud a company because big companies don’t need to worry. “Jerry, all these big companies, they write off everything.” Jerry claims that Kramer doesn’t even know what that means. Kramer’s defense: “But they do and they’re the ones writing it off.”

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    The Great Myths About the NH Primary

    Much of what you know about the New Hampshire primary is wrong or misleading. Six months before the election seems like a good time to sort out some fact and fiction.

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    No One is Winning or Losing Despite What You Read

    Right now you should pay less attention to presidential election. Paradoxically though, you should also paying more attention. The real problem is the media covering the election acts as if they’ve never covered an election before and have no familiarity with elections in general.

  • Data Points | Josh

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

    Despite historically leading the region out of recessions, the New Hampshire has become a laggard in comparison to Massachusetts.

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    The Impatience of The Political Class Ruins Elections

    The political chattering classes would prefer primaries and debates to be run for their own entertainment and are generally annoyed at the patience and caution with which the vast majority of voters approach the process.