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Agreeing on the problem isn't always enough

Agreeing on the problem isn't always enough

The political process often obscures truth and inhibits agreement. Too often each of us believes he or she knows what's ...

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Chart: Historic Highway Fund Revenues

Highway Fund Revenue

Looking at Highway Fund Revenues: A 28 Year Look

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Updated: Questions and Answers: Commuter Rail in New Hampshire

UPDATED: Commuter Rail in New Hampshire

This week, the Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit Study’s final report was released. The study, which began in 2013, examined ...

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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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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.

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    Agreeing on the problem isn’t always enough

    The political process often obscures truth and inhibits agreement. Too often each of us believes he or she knows what’s important but that the things you think are important are trivial and your insistence upon them is a sign of perfidy or cognitive dysfunction.

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    Leadership Sacrificed to the Lionization of Milquetoast

    If you’re serving in or hope to serve in high office, it would be best for you not to have opinions, show leadership, or otherwise do what might be considered your job. Leaders who lead are considered risky and bold.

  • Budget | Charlie | Weekly Column

    State Budget Less Chaotic Than It Appears

    Charlie Arlinghaus April 8, 2015 As originally published in the New Hampshire Union Leader The state budget seems chaotic after a draft passed the House but the details of the budget and the few large items subject to debate are now relatively clear. The next two months will see significant compromise on revenues and on human […]

  • Budget | Charlie | Weekly Column

    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the House Budget

    Charlie Arlinghaus April 1, 2015 As originally published in the New Hampshire Union Leader The House of Representatives proposed budget in New Hampshire is good, bad, and ugly. It is not draconian by any measure but does represent a difficult struggle to patch together New Hampshire’s fiscal house within existing sources. Not everyone will agree with […]

  • Budget | Charts

    Highway Fund Revenue

    Looking at Highway Fund Revenues: A 28 Year Look

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    Stagnation Will be Permanent Unless We think Long Term

    All too often for politicians the big picture can get lost by paying too much attention to details. The state’s budget season is a poster child for not being able to see the forest for the trees. The difficulty for politicians is that we expect them to simultaneously focus on the big picture and to pay strict attention to the details that threaten to obscure the big picture.