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  • Budget | General | Medicaid

    How Medicaid expansion immediately raids the general fund

    The bill reauthorizing Medicaid expansion passed the state Senate on Thursday when half of the 14 Republicans joined all 10 Democrats in voting to extend the Obamacare entitlement program for five years. This is why the #Headdesk Twitter hashtag was invented. One of the Republican selling points was that the bill pays for for Medicaid […]

  • General

    Why a constitutional amendment is needed to restore taxpayer standing to challenge illegal spending

    Why a constitutional amendment is needed to restore taxpayer standing to challenge illegal spending By Andrew Cline On Sept. 1, 2015, Manchester’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a contract with the city’s teachers union that included a pay raise. Three aldermen with immediate family members employed as city teachers voted for the contract, in […]

  • General

    Education Savings Accounting: SB 193’s Expected Financial Impact on NH School Districts

    If the Education Savings Account (ESA) program proposed in Senate Bill 193 becomes law, school district operating budgets can be expected to decline on average by a mere 0.14 percent in the program’s first year, leaving districts with 99.86 percent of their operating budgets intact, based on the performance of school choice programs in other […]

  • Education Policy

    What do special-needs students need?

    The whole premise of the anti-school-choice movement is that parents cannot be trusted to make sound educational decisions for their children. Still, it is jarring to hear people saying out loud that ESAs will harm special-needs children. These are precisely the children who could benefit most from an ESA. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education […]

  • General | Policy in Brief

    The Best Bet on FirstNet

    Bartlett Brief The Best Bet on FirstNet Opting in is less risky for New Hampshire December 19, 2017   On December 7, Gov. Chris Sununu announced his intention to have New Hampshire opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).  In theory, opting out of FirstNet would give the state greater control over its […]

  • General

    Attack of the Turnspike

    It’s been a decade since New Hampshire increased turnpike tolls statewide, which means that the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Turnpikes has awakened, like the mythical Kumbhakarna, ravenous and ready to devour more of your money. Kumbhakarna was (is?) a Hindu demon cursed to sleep for long stretches. Periodically he would awaken, eat everything in sight, […]