Entries by Andrew Cline

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A solar subsidy double whammy

Technological innovation has brought solar power to the brink of market competitiveness. It will never be as reliable as a gas or nuclear plant that can run 24/7, but as a supplement it doesn’t have to be. When its price is truly market competitive, individuals and businesses will rush to build their own facilities so […]

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Needless solar subsidies in HB 365 would push up electricity rates

House Bill 365, scheduled for a Thursday vote in the state Senate, would require utility companies to pay above-market rates for solar power, thus forcing consumers to pay higher costs than necessary for electricity, the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy cautions in a statement released today. Such anti-consumer subsidies for a specific industry are […]

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Concord’s expanding black hole

Scientists on Wednesday revealed what they claimed was the first ever photograph taken of a black hole. But this can’t be true because people have been taking pictures of government since the dawn of photography.  This early photo of the U.S. Capitol was taken in 1846, 70 years before black holes were characterized and 125 […]

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House budget proposes $382 million in new spending, $417 million in new taxes and fees

A new briefing paper from the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy shows that the House’s 2020-2021 budget proposal spends $382.4 million more in state funds than Gov. Chris Sununu’s proposed budget and includes $417.7 million in new taxes and fees.  The paper shows that the divergence in governing philosophies between the Republican governor and the […]

Measuring outputs, not inputs

The financial services website WalletHub this week ranked New Hampshire No. 1 in the nation for return on taxpayer investment (ROI). It’s a fascinating ranking primarily because that’s how taxpayer expenditures ought to be ranked but seldom are. State political and government rankings often tell us how much a state spends on X or how […]

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The Education Tax Credit Program: Fact vs. Fiction

New Hampshire’s Education Tax Credit Program is under fire from legislators who want to kill the program or reduce its funding. Unfortunately, much of the rhetoric accompanying these attacks is factually incorrect. Inaccurate and misleading statements have been used in testimony at legislative hearings, in public debate, and on social media in an attempt to […]

Slouching towards Connecticut

The Legislature’s Democratic majority is seizing its opportunity. In control of both legislative chambers for only the fifth time since the Civil War (and one of those times involved a tie in the Senate), they are determined to leave their mark on the state.  Indeed, businesses are looking at the bills passed so far and […]