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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 […]

 

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 […]

 

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, […]

 

  Debunking the Top Five Myths about Senate Bill 193,  Education Savings Accounts November 7, 2017 The House Education Committee meets on Wednesday, Nov. 8, to consider Senate Bill 193, a bill to establish Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) in New Hampshire.  This briefing paper dispels several myths about the bill. SB 193 would establish ESAs that […]

 

Save The Date! 2017 Libertas Dinner featuring Stephen F. Hayes Editor, The Weekly Standard Contributor, FOX News  December 4, 2017 Reception 5:30 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m. Grappone Center 70 Constitution Avenue Concord, New Hampshire   Mark your calendars for Dec. 4 and join us for the Josiah Bartlett Center’s annual celebration of free markets and free people. We […]

 

Why Obamacare Is Still With Us

The Josiah Bartlett Center’s Andrew Cline writes in USA Today that to replace Obamacare, Republicans must first agree to make a gradual transition toward a freer market in health care.  (Editor’s note: We did not write the USA Today headline. That was the work of an editor at the paper.)   Why Obamacare is still […]

 

Bernie Sanders’ Labor Day Fantasies

The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy’s Andrew Cline took to the pages of the Concord Monitor on Labor Day to rebut U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ anti-capitalist populism. http://www.concordmonitor.com/Bernie-Sanders-Labor-Day-fantasies-12233000 Bernie Sanders’ Labor Day fantasies By Andrew Cline U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, America’s most popular advocate of socialism, is in New Hampshire today to blame free-market […]

 

CONCORD — The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, New Hampshire’s free-market think tank, today named former New Hampshire Union Leader Editorial Page Editor Andrew Cline the Center’s Interim President. Cline, a writer and communications consultant, will take on the role previously held by long-time President Charlie Arlinghaus, who left earlier this year to become […]

 

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 […]