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Two Billion Dollar Spending Increase is Fantasy Theater That Should End

Two Billion Dollar Spending Increase is Fantasy Theater That Should End

The executive branch just proposed a $2 billion increase in state spending and no one wants to talk about it. ...

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Two Billion Dollar Spending Increase is Fantasy Theater That Should End

The State Budget is a Mess and Getting Worse

What’s worse is that this budget mess isn’t caused by a recession but by poor management and political gamesmanship.

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Meet the Medicaid Enhancement Tax (MET)

Meet the MET

New Hampshire adopted the Medicaid Enhancement Tax as a means to leverage federal matching funds without imposing any real tax ...

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Live Free and Learn: A Case Study of NH's Scholarship Tax Credit Program

Live Free and Learn: A Case Study of NH's Scholarship Tax Credit Program

The survey found that 97 percent of parents of scholarship recipients are satisfied with their chosen private or home schools, ...

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Scholarship Tax Credit Programs in the United States and their Implications for New Hampshire

Choosing to Learn: Scholarship Tax Credit Programs in the United States and their Implications for New Hampshire

Access to educational opportunities in New Hampshire is primarily determined by zip code and accident of birth. Though New Hampshire ...

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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.

  • Budget | Charlie | Weekly Column

    Two Billion Dollar Spending Increase is Fantasy Theater That Should End

    The executive branch just proposed a $2 billion increase in state spending and no one wants to talk about it. The budget process starts in October and the executive branch proposed spending $12.5 billion. Everyone involved admits this is an unrealistic and ridiculous place to start but no one wants to disown it just yet. Everyone involved in state budgeting should publicly repudiate the requests as unrealistic fantasies and commit to repealing the law that supposedly requires this bit of theater.

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    The Importance of Dispersed Bits of Incomplete Knowledge

    Politicians suffer from both too much information and not enough information at the same time.

  • Budget | Charlie | Weekly Column

    The State Budget is a Mess and Getting Worse

    What’s worse is that this budget mess isn’t caused by a recession but by poor management and political gamesmanship.

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    The State’s Job Problem Can’t Be Fixed By Changing Just One Thing

    The biggest problem with the anemic job growth New Hampshire has been saddled with for the last decade is not the lack of jobs but the forlorn hope of policymakers that there is one silver bullet that will fix everything.

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    School Choice Debate About Opportunity Not the Supreme Court

    Last week’s Supreme Court decision moved the focus of the state’s nascent School Choice Scholarship Program from lawsuits and politics squarely back to children and opportunity. Ultimately, the court’s decision to leave this in the hands of the legislature focuses the debate on opportunity — parents and children seeking the best educational opportunity for their best future.

  • Health | Parker

    Not all healthcare is created equal

    Canada has one of the most commonly cited single-payer health systems in the world. Many countries are constantly trying to improve their healthcare system, leading to comparisons to perceptually better systems. But before anyone tries to make direct comparisons, they should remember that regardless of its design, no healthcare system was created in one step. Canada’s healthcare system has developed over decades, with the goal of providing equal care to every citizen.