Entries by Andrew Cline

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Janus ruling reversed years-long growth in state employee union membership

Last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFCSME triggered a 5.9% reduction in New Hampshire state employee union membership, state payroll data obtained by the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy show. The sudden drop reversed a years-long trend of rising union enrollment in state government. Prior to the Janus decision, New Hampshire […]

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Tax incentive scams exposed in N.J., Maryland

Economic development tax incentives continue to shrivel under the gaze of the green eye shades. Recent scandals involving these corporate welfare programs in Maryland and New Jersey offer cautionary tales for lawmakers tempted to join this money-losing game. On Thursday, an executive admitted to a New Jersey task force that his company’s application for that […]

Mises vs. Marx: the rap battle

Connecting younger audiences with the ideas that drive the capitalism vs. socialism debate is challenging. If done right, it can be fun, though. Here’s the latest effort from the American Institute for Economic Research: A rap battle between Karl Marx and Ludwig von Mises. Share it with your friends, boyee.

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Rent control rhetoric vs. reality

Last November, Ontario’s government scrapped rent controls for new rental properties. Activists called it class warfare against low-income renters and predicted huge rises in rents. “The class war fare (sic) launched by Doug Ford’s mean-spirited government continues. Their regressive policies including removal of rent control is going to make Toronto and Ontario less affordable and […]

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State education spending sees significant increase in compromise budget

Through a combination of one-time expenditures and increases in baseline formulas, the new state budget produces significant increases in education funding over the next two years. It is no wonder that state officials hailed the compromise as a windfall for public schools. The budget was built upon an education funding compromise that dramatically reduced the […]

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Stabilizing business tax rates at last (for two years, anyway)

Throughout 2019’s prolonged budget debate, two competing claims dominated the dispute over business tax rates. This week’s budget deal confirms conclusively which side was correct. For months, Democratic leaders in the Legislature claimed that their budget — the one Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed — “stabilized” business tax rates. The budget did not raise taxes, they […]