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An online reverse auction can save N.H. up to $22.2 million a year on prescription drugs

A new Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy study finds that switching to an online reverse auction for the state’s pharmacy benefits management contract can save New Hampshire taxpayers save up to $22.2 million a year. The study by Dr. Wayne Winegarden, director of the Center for Medical Economics and Innovation at the Pacific Research […]

After brutal 2020, tax hikes could loom for N.H. businesses in 2021

EDITOR’S NOTE: The original essay posted yesterday used numbers given to the House Ways & Means Committee by the Department of Revenue Administration, which included only taxes collected by that department. It has been updated to include the remaining revenue sources covered by the tax increase triggers. The more complete figures show a tax increase […]

House passes JBC-recommended growler legislation

In a contentious return to in-person legislating Thursday, House Republicans and Democrats traded barbs and accusations and got little accomplished. But they did agree on one thing — beer. Representatives voted 243-92 to approve House Bill 1717, a bill to permit bars and restaurants to sell draft beer in growlers during a declared state of […]

The lockdown and the government’s fragile power

In the “Merv Griffin Show” episode of Seinfeld, George hits some pigeons with his car after they didn’t fly away at the last second. “It’s not my fault,” George complains to Jerry. “Don’t we have a deal with the pigeons?” “Of course we have a deal,” Jerry says. “They get out of the way of […]

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The justifications for prolonged closures are unraveling

When the governors of Florida and Georgia announced that they would reopen their economies, the predictions of mass mortality were immediate. In April, a writer for The Atlantic hysterically labeled Georgia’s reopening plan an “experiment in human sacrifice.” In the weeks that followed, the mortality surges never happened.  Digging through COVID-19 mortality data this week, […]

Business is not the enemy

Two months ago, New Hampshire’s unemployment rate was 2.6%. The unemployment rate is now 17 percent, and on Thursday a deputy commissioner for employment security said it probably will hit 20%.  Nearly 183,000 Granite Staters have filed unemployment claims since the coronavirus contraction began in March. The state has paid $400 million in unemployment benefits […]