Entries by Andrew Cline

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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 […]

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Paying for the right to know

All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them.  Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive.  To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be […]

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Join us and The Dispatch for a NH Primary Party!

    Join us for a New Hampshire Primary party hosted by the Josiah Bartlett Center and The Dispatch When: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17th, 6 p.m. Where: Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave., Concord What: Enjoy cocktails, camaraderie & conversation with Steve Hayes, Jonah Goldberg & Sarah Isgur of The Dispatch and Josiah Bartlett […]

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Housing affordability is dinging the state budget

The Josiah Bartlett Center has warned for the last few years that local government inaction on housing might prompt legislators to restrict local zoning authority. But legislators might have an even stronger incentive to act than the growing public frustration with local land use regulations: Falling revenue. A combination of high interest rates and an […]

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Markets, not judges, set prices, even for education

There is one and only one way to determine the “true cost” of an adequate education. That is to create a competitive education marketplace. Alas, that is not the approach New Hampshire has taken. Instead, legislators have tried to set the cost by decree. Public school districts, asserting with some justification that the amount is […]

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N.H. again tops all of North America in economic freedom

New Hampshire is the most economically free state in North America and in the United States, once again edging Florida to top every Canadian province, U.S. state and Mexican state as ranked by the Fraser Institute, Canada’s free-market think tank.  The Fraser Institute’s 2023 Economic Freedom in North America report, released in partnership with the […]