Entries by Andrew Cline

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Legislators vote to strengthen local tax caps, especially for school districts

While crime stories, campus protests and political drama captured much of the media attention this week, a bill with tremendous potential consequences for taxpayers quietly passed the House on Thursday. Senate Bill 383, which has passed both chambers in slightly different versions, would strengthen local tax caps and allow school district caps to be tied […]

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How not to fix surprise ambulance bills

How we pay for ambulance service, as with virtually everything else in health care, is messed up.  When you need a car ride, you can call a taxi or use a ride-sharing service. You know exactly what you’ll be charged, and other consumers’ ratings help you choose a quality service. When you need an ambulance, […]

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How one licensing requirement limits patient access to PAs

New Hampshire’s health care provider shortage has been a major news story for years. The demand for health care is growing as New Hampshire’s population ages. Yet the supply of providers is not keeping pace with demand, as physicians retire and too few young people enter the field, particularly in the three primary care occupations: […]

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How building more luxury apartments helps the poor

As pressure builds for local and state policymakers to address New Hampshire’s severe housing shortage, some activists and lawmakers are again blaming developers rather than regulators for the state’s high rents.  Developers are building “too many” apartments for higher-income renters, some claim. This raises rents, hurting the poor, so government must intervene to make builders […]

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Lawmakers consider a state subsidy for EVs as prices approach parity with conventional cars

Enticing people to buy electric vehicles does not fit comfortably into the core duties of state government. And yet it’s among the list of pet causes legislators will consider subsidizing with other people’s money.  The latest effort comes in House Bill 1472. The bill, as amended, would confiscate $1.5 million that belongs to electric utility […]

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Finding a win-win on public records access

A surprising divide has arisen this year over how the state should respond to increasing volumes of public records requests. On one side, we see discord and anger. On the other, unity and progress. The split shows the value of a win-win approach to solving problems. Many officials responsible for providing access to public records […]