Entries by Andrew Cline

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Recycling more plastics is bad? Some activists say so

Companies have been working for years on new ways to recycle plastics, and they think they have a breakthrough concept: chemical, or “advanced,” recycling. If the technology is perfected, it has the potential to increase plastics recycling and decrease solid waste.  Naturally, environmental activist groups hate it.  In the Legislature this year, a popular, bipartisan […]

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How N.H. could increase access to justice through occupational licensing reform

New Hampshire could become one of the earliest states to enable low-cost legal assistance by loosening occupational licensing regulations on the practice of law. If House Bill 1343 passes, paralegals would be able to provide limited legal representation to lower-income individuals in district, circuit and family court.  Paralegals have some legal training but are not […]

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Businesses are raining cash on the state budget

With two months left in the fiscal year, state business tax collections are $217.2 million above budget. For context, business tax revenues came in $649.9 million over budget during the entire previous decade.  So surplus business tax collections during the last 10 months have equaled 33% of the total surplus in business tax revenues collected […]

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Time is running out for statewide housing reform this year

New Hampshire’s critical housing shortage has emerged as the No. 1 impediment to state economic growth, and the legislative session could end with no substantial progress on the issue.  In Concord, there is broad agreement that housing is a serious problem. There is little agreement on solutions. Paralyzed by a widespread reluctance to place legal […]

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From vaccines to banks, N.H. sees misguided efforts to restrict freedom in the name of liberty

“While the talk is about free markets and private property—and it is more respectable than it was a few decades ago to defend near-complete laissez-faire—the bulk of the intellectual community almost automatically favors any expansion of government power so long as it is advertised as a way to protect individuals from big bad corporations, relieve […]

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The dangerous impulse to make people do business with your friends

Using pressure tactics or government regulations, progressives have sought to banish from the market business activity they dislike. Some Republicans have responded in kind. In New Hampshire, House Bill 1469 showcases a Republican effort to cement culture war preferences in law. It offers a case study in regulatory overreach. The bill creates a list of “prohibited […]

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The Burgess Biopower ratepayer money pit

If the Burgess Biopower plant in Berlin closes, New Hampshire electricity customers will save money. The state’s shrinking timber industry (and the City of Berlin) will lose money.  The Legislature is again faced with the prospect of choosing sides. And again a proposed bill would side with the timber industry, not ratepayers.  It’s a long […]