Entries by Andrew Cline

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Bartlett president Drew Cline to host morning news/talk show on WFEA

CONCORD — Josiah Bartlett Center President Drew Cline has been tapped to host a new morning news/talk show on Manchester radio station WFEA, the flagship news/talk station of Manchester Radio Group. “WFEA Morning Update,” airing from 6-9 a.m. weekdays, will launch on Monday, June 20th, filling a huge void in New Hampshire’s talk-radio market by […]

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In last half century, Manchester limited its own growth by limiting new housing

In 1970, Manchester had more than enough rentals for all who needed one. Over the course of the next half century, the city created its own housing shortage.  It’s a story repeated in many communities throughout New Hampshire. Manchester offers a case study based on Census figures. Manchester had 36,024 total housing units in 1970, […]

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Legislators push student loan forgiveness for one industry

As Republicans in Washington fight Democratic efforts to forgive federal student loans, GOP legislators in New Hampshire are promoting $1 million in tax-funded student loan forgiveness for graduates in one high-tech industry — human organ manufacturing. In 2018, legislators passed a package of subsidies and tax breaks sought by the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, a […]

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States inaugurate a flat tax revolution

The Tax Foundation’s Jared Walczak writes that a push for flat taxes is spreading through the states. This wave of tax reform can make these states more economically competitive, which is worth watching from a New Hampshire policy perspective. Walczak writes: In more than a century of state income taxes, only four states have ever […]

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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 […]