Entries by Andrew Cline

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Why a constitutional amendment is needed to restore taxpayer standing to challenge illegal spending

Why a constitutional amendment is needed to restore taxpayer standing to challenge illegal spending By Andrew Cline On Sept. 1, 2015, Manchester’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a contract with the city’s teachers union that included a pay raise. Three aldermen with immediate family members employed as city teachers voted for the contract, in […]

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Will the legalization craze extend to everyday jobs?

On Tuesday, the august members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives will consider House Bill 287, which would create a commission to study legalizing prostitution. It comes with an “ought to pass” recommendation from the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. (The jokes really are so obvious, you’ve probably already thought of a better […]

What do special-needs students need?

The whole premise of the anti-school-choice movement is that parents cannot be trusted to make sound educational decisions for their children. Still, it is jarring to hear people saying out loud that ESAs will harm special-needs children. These are precisely the children who could benefit most from an ESA. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education […]

The Best Bet on FirstNet

Bartlett Brief The Best Bet on FirstNet Opting in is less risky for New Hampshire December 19, 2017   On December 7, Gov. Chris Sununu announced his intention to have New Hampshire opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).  In theory, opting out of FirstNet would give the state greater control over its […]

Attack of the Turnspike

It’s been a decade since New Hampshire increased turnpike tolls statewide, which means that the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Turnpikes has awakened, like the mythical Kumbhakarna, ravenous and ready to devour more of your money. Kumbhakarna was (is?) a Hindu demon cursed to sleep for long stretches. Periodically he would awaken, eat everything in sight, […]

Announcing the 2017 Libertas Dinner with Stephen F. Hayes

Save The Date! 2017 Libertas Dinner featuring Stephen F. Hayes Editor, The Weekly Standard Contributor, FOX News  December 4, 2017 Reception 5:30 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m. Grappone Center 70 Constitution Avenue Concord, New Hampshire   Mark your calendars for Dec. 4 and join us for the Josiah Bartlett Center’s annual celebration of free markets and free people. We […]