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N.H. remote workers face taxation without representation

By Andrew Cline and Robert Alt When Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency on March 10, 2020, many New Hampshire residents who were commuting to the Bay State began working from home instead. Ordinarily, Massachusetts could not continue withholding taxes from these workers’ paychecks while they were not working in the Bay […]

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Merrimack Station, coal power and moral responsibility

A recent New Hampshire Public Radio story about New Hampshire’s last remaining coal-fired power plant offers a great example of how left-wing activists enjoy an unwarranted ability to frame journalistic narratives, particularly on energy issues. “New Hampshire’s coal-fired power plant, the last of its kind in New England not set to retire, will now remain […]

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Why are we still debating school openings?

President Biden on March 2 announced a goal of administering at least one vaccine to every educator in the United States by the end of the month. The head of the American Federation of Teachers praised the announcement, saying, “vaccinations are a key ingredient to reopening schools safely.” But that’s not true.  A vast and […]

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Spending restraint, stable tax base, strong economy save budget from worst 2020 fears

Coming out of 2020, New Hampshire is in better financial shape that many other states thanks to a sound revenue structure, relatively restrained spending, a strong economy, and good management, concludes a new report from the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy and the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute.  “Restrained state spending, a […]

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The education choice moment

(Editor’s note: In the original post, some charts pulled school district spending data from a different data set that covered a shorter time span than the staff and enrollment data. The spending increases therefore appeared smaller than they actually were. The charts have been corrected so that all data cover 1995-2018.)   “I think that […]

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Manchester needs more economic growth

Grappling with the consequences of a long and steady decline in students, the Manchester School District this week released plans to close the city’s oldest school, Hallsville Elementary. A consultant has recommended closing three other schools.  In the short term, city leaders are going to have to make difficult choices, many of which have been […]

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McArdle, Postrel, Norquist to headline next Libertas Virtual Events

Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle, author Virginia Postrel, and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist will headline the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy’s next three Libertas Virtual Events.  Megan McArdle, columnist for The Washington Post, joins us for our next Libertas Virtual Event on Thursday, Feb. 18, at noon. Author and former Reason […]

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What is an Education Savings Account?

There will soon be a lot of talk about Education Freedom Accounts (also known as Education Savings Accounts) in New Hampshire.  Here’s a brief explainer of what they are and how they work. We’ll use the general term Education Savings Account, or ESA, for clarity. Education Savings Accounts empower families with the freedom and flexibility […]