Entries by Andrew Cline


Would the Founders consider us free?

On July 4th, Americans celebrate not just the formation of our nation, but the inspiring ideals of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. It’s currently fashionable to question whether Americans live up to those ideals, or ever have. But the predominant voices of doubt ask the wrong question. The foundational question is not […]

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NH Zoning Atlas offers groundbreaking insight into local building restrictions

In 2021, we published a landmark study that showed how local land use regulations drove New Hampshire’s housing shortage. That study changed the conversation on affordable housing in New Hampshire, from one focused on government subsidies to one focused on regulations. This week, the Center for Ethics in Society at Saint Anselm College set the […]

Join us May 16 for our 2023 Libertas Award Dinner with Mike Pence

Former Vice President Mike Pence headlines the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy’s 2023 Libertas Award Dinner on Tuesday, May 16. Join us for an elegant dinner and a conversation with Vice President Pence, focused on economic freedom and opportunity in America. Mike Pence served as a member of Congress, representing Indiana, from 2001-2013, governor […]


As NH public school district enrollment fell by 30,000 students in 19 years, spending rose by nearly $1 billion

From 2001-2019, New Hampshire public school districts lost 29,946 students, but increased spending by an inflation-adjusted $937 million, a new Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy study has found. In percentage terms, inflation-adjusted spending rose by 40% while enrollment fell by 14%. The increase in spending is even more dramatic when capital and debt spending […]


Why no one knows what an adequate education should cost

The New Hampshire Legislature, in its wisdom, has decreed how much an adequate education costs. It’s right there in statute, RSA 198:40-a.  Legislators wrote in three concise paragraphs that the cost of an adequate education totals precisely $3,561.27 in 2015 dollars, plus an additional $1,780.63 for students eligible for a free or reduced price meal, […]

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The Boston Globe agrees: local regulations are the root of the housing shortage

When the Josiah Bartlett Center released our landmark study of the nexus between New Hampshire’s housing shortage and local land use regulations, in October of 2021, the connection between the two was not widely reported in the popular press. Academics, developers and planners knew that local regulations were responsible for reducing the supply of housing, […]