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2015 Libertas Dinner

2015 Libertas Dinner Tickets are now on sale!

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NH has Slipped from Mediocrity into the Terrible 10

NH has Slipped from Mediocrity into the Terrible 10

Recent college graduates and others trying to decide whether to commit to New Hampshire long term have every reason to ...

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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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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

    NH has Slipped from Mediocrity into the Terrible 10

    Recent college graduates and others trying to decide whether to commit to New Hampshire long term have every reason to leave and few to stay.

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    2015 Libertas Dinner

    2015 Libertas Dinner Tickets are now on sale!

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    Have Dedicated Funds Become a Fiction No One Believes?

    It has become trite to say in budget debates (as I did this week to a friend) that “I am generally opposed to dedicating revenue sources but believe that, once dedicated, that arrangement should be honored.” It sounds good but none of us really mean it.

  • Charlie | Weekly Column

    Too Many Bananas Are Ruining Our State

    Are you a Banana? New Hampshire has too many bananas and is suffering because of it. The world is populated with millions of us who seek to live in the modern world when we want to enjoy its conveniences and then turn on our back on that same world and hope that someone else with pay attention to the details that make that convenience possible.

  • Josh | Policy Matters

    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 operating have found that these projects do not create jobs by themselves, but they can influence where already planned investments will happen.

  • Budget | Charlie | Weekly Column

    In Budget Debates Ignore Anecdotes and Check The Data

    Much of the work of state government is in a holding pattern until the state Senate finishes its work on a draft of the budget. This is probably a useful time to remind you that so much of what we think we know isn’t true.