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Don’t Make the Rest of Us Pay for Your Solar Subsidies Charles M. Arlinghaus   Solar advocates are fighting to protect and increase the subsidized, above-market electric rates they get through a program called net metering. The debate isn’t about whether to allow solar energy but over how much of a subsidy to give solar […]

 

March 9 , 2016 Broadband Boondoggle is Risky Proposition Charles M. Arlinghaus   Changing state law to allow towns to borrow money to run their own internet companies is not about bringing service to the remarkably small number of consumers without access to broadband. It is a mistake that would expose property taxpayers to the […]

 

2015 Legislative Preview and Social Reception

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Charlie Arlinghaus at arlinghaus@jbartlett.org Tickets by Mail: If you prefer to pay by mail, please send a check to: Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy 7 South State St. PO Box 897 Concord, NH 03302 Please make checks out to Josiah Bartlett Center, and include the name(s) of your guests. Tickets at […]

 

The Problem with Politics is Us

It is easy to become cynical about politics and partisanship and any other p word we aren’t supposed to like. The list of difficulties with modern politics is long and not that different from the supposedly but not actually noble past. The problem is that politics is practiced by people who are all too human, self-important, unaware of their own deviation from the typical, interested in ease not work, and a bit too excitable. In short, Pogo was right. “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

 

As reported in the Nashua Telegraph, a Legislative audit of the Division of Economic Development, within the Department of Resources and Economic Development found that in 2011 and 2012, $875,750 was improperly given out as tax credits, while an additional $121,000 worth of tax credits were not given to business that were eligible to receive them.

 

In Memoriam: Arthur Mudge, Former Board Member

Arthur Warren Mudge, age 84, died Friday, May 23, at Kendal in Hanover.

 

Thank you!

Thank you for supporting the Bartlett Center! We forward to seeing you on June 17th at the Grappone Center in Concord. Please use the form below to submit guest names. If you have any questions, or need to submit guest names at a later date, please email Josh at joshelliott@jbartlett.org

 

Ray Burton’s political legacy is unusual and unique. Burton made his mark over almost forty years as a public figure like no other in an institution that doesn’t exist anywhere else. While there is much other politicians would do well to copy, it is unlikely he will ever be replaced or duplicated and the state will be poorer because of it.

 

Q&A: Commuter Rail in New Hampshire

There is a common misconception that the state has not studied this idea recently; however two lengthy studies have been completed in the past six years. One was done in 2007 by the Passenger Rail Taskforce looked at service to Manchester and the other in 2010 by TranSystems for the NH Rail Authority, NHDOT and the Nashua Rail Planning Commission which looked at the entire corridor to Concord. While neither study recommends for or against introducing commuter rail, they provide a wealth of information as to how much the route would cost.

From the studies it is clear that constructing the route in its entirety to Concord would cost roughly $300 million and require subsidies of $11 million a year to operate.