Entries by Andrew Cline

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New Hampshire dawdles as two-thirds of states move to collect online sales taxes

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last June in South Dakota v. Wayfair that states could collect sales taxes from out-of-state remote sellers, New Hampshire lawmakers chose not to act. Other states did not make the same mistake.  Eleven months after the Wayfair decision, the number of states with laws requiring out-of-state businesses to collect […]

Before outlawing plastic bags and straws, try persuasion

The Senate votes Wednesday on two bills to regulate the distribution of plastic straws and bags. Before making outlaws of restaurateurs and grocers, senators ought to consider that there are other, less heavy-handed ways to address the issue of plastics pollution — and they have been shown to work better than bans. Up for a […]

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Study: Renewable Portfolio Standards raise electricity prices substantially

Renewable Portfolio Standards increase electricity costs more than was previously believed, a comprehensive study by the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute has found. Moreover, the study concluded that the costs outweigh the benefits of whatever carbon reduction RPS laws can be credited with producing.  Measuring both direct and indirect costs, the EPI study concluded […]

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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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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 […]