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New Hampshire ranks first in freedom in new Cato report

A week after New Hampshire placed first in the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom in North America report, the state scored a first place finish in another prestigious freedom ranking, the Cato Institute’s 2021 Freedom in the 50 States report.  In Cato’s report (written by Will Ruger and Jason Sorens), New Hampshire ranked third in economic […]

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During COVID, student performance has been worse in districts that spent more time online

School districts that offered less in-person instruction last year saw fewer students pass end-of-year standardized tests, a new academic study of student performance in 12 states has found.  Pass rates declined across the board compared to prior years, but “these declines were larger in districts with less in-person instruction,” conclude researchers from Brown University, M.I.T., […]

Thank capitalism for these modern Thanksgiving comforts

Four hundred years ago, Puritan settlers and their Wampanoag dining companions endured hardships it would be difficult for 21st Century children to imagine. This Thanksgiving, as you share a meal with your family, it would be worth a moment to thank human ingenuity and free-market capitalism for making a Thanksgiving 2021 so much more comfortable […]

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Transportation & Climate Initiative dies after other states finally follow N.H.’s lead

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) was supposed to kill fossil fuels by raising gas prices. Instead, high gas prices killed the TCI.  Cooked up by the Georgetown Climate Center and pitched as an innovative way to cut carbon emissions, TCI is an old-fashioned carbon-trading scheme. The intended signatories, 13 states from Maine to North […]

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New Hampshire again rated most economically free state, but the gap is closing

New Hampshire has once again retained its status as the most economically-free state in North America in this year’s Economic Freedom in North America report published by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think tank. In both the continental and in-country rankings, New Hampshire finished first. Within the United States, Tennessee leapt […]

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Of course parents have a role in public education

On September 28, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said in a debate, “I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision. I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” Before that debate, McAuliffe had led Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin in every […]

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Is college worth it? Usually, but not always, new study finds

A college degree is a major investment in a better economic future, high school students are constantly told. But that isn’t always true. More than a quarter of college majors produce a negative return on investment, according to a study by Preston Cooper at the Foundation for Research on Economic Opportunity.  A lot of studies […]

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An anti-mining law in Maine shows the folly of outlawing tradeoffs

Our era of extreme political polarization fuels contempt for anything labeled “compromise.” Neither side wants to give an inch to the other, on any issue, even though everyone compromises every day in countless ways.  The economic term for compromise is “tradeoff.” In real life, no one is 100% ideologically pure. We make tradeoffs a gazillion […]