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Josiah Bartlett Center to hold housing conference, release land use study with the Center for Ethics in Society

Join the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy and the Center for Ethics in Society at Saint Anselm College on October 12 as they present the findings of a first-of-its kind study showing how residential land use regulations have affected the supply and price of housing in New Hampshire. “Residential Land Use Regulation In New Hampshire: […]

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Zoning and Portsmouth’s ‘cursed’ gas station

In May, Foster’s Daily Democrat reported the exciting news that celebrity chef Bobby Marcotte planned to convert an abandoned Portsmouth gas station into a unique Asian-Spanish fusion restaurant.  Portsmouth has a certain cachet, cultivated by its inhabitants as well as its government. One might think that a super-fashionable, high-concept restaurant helmed by a local celebrity […]

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On evictions, the answer is more property rights, not fewer

The Center for Disease Control’s plainly unconstitutional eviction moratorium, begun in the Trump administration and continued by President Biden, is much more than a presidential abandonment of the rule of law. It’s a rejection — and reversal — of the very foundation on which James Madison based all government power — private property rights.  And […]

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The time has come for housing reform

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit New Hampshire last year, it’s unlikely that even the cleverest among us thought, “You know, this is going to turn people against local housing ordinances.” Yet here we are in the summer of 2021, and housing is tied with COVID as the No. 2 concern of Granite Staters, according to […]

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Freedom and the New Hampshire Advantage

New Hampshire’s six-year run of business tax cuts should have made the state’s corporate income tax rate the second-lowest in New England. But a funny thing happened along the way. New Hampshire was joined by an unexpected rival.  When the succession of cuts began in 2015, New Hampshire’s Business Profits Tax (BPT) rate was 8.5%, […]