Entries by Editorial Staff

School Choice FAQ

In the last decade, eight states have launched scholarship tax credit (STC) programs to expand educational opportunities for hundreds of thousands of students across America, particularly those from low- and middle-income families. These programs provide tax credits to businesses that donate to state-approved, non-profit scholarship organizations (SOs). The SOs use the funds to grant scholarships to families seeking alternatives to their geographically-assigned public schools, including non-public, homeschooling, and out-of-district public schools.


Funding Amendment Won’t Affect Local Autonomy

 Charlie Arlinghaus May 9, 2012 As originally publish in the New Hampshire Union Leader An amendment on education funding in New Hampshire is long overdue and is only common sense. The only thing stopping the legislature from putting one on the ballot are the misconceptions of one group of people and the tax fantasies of […]

Choosing to Learn: Scholarship Tax Credit Programs in the United States and their Implications for New Hampshire

Access to educational opportunities in New Hampshire is primarily determined by zip code and accident of birth. Though New Hampshire has some of the highest-performing public schools in the nation, performance across school districts is uneven. Public school students in wealthier towns like Windham and Bedford perform highly on standardized tests while their low-income peers in Claremont and Stratford lag behind.

Best Chance Ever for Education Aid Amendment

By Eugene van Loan and Martin Gross The New Hampshire Senate recently passed and sent to the House of Representatives yet another proposed constitutional amendment designed to specify our state Legislature’s authority and responsibility regarding state aid to local education, including the ability to use “targeted” aid as the basic form of education funding. So, […]

Healthcare Exchanges

This is our dedicated page to information on healthcare exchanges, which are a centerpiece to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as ‘Obamacare’ It will be periodically updated. JBC President Charlie Arlinghaus on Healthcare Exchanges and why they are bad for NH Cato’s Director of Healthcare Studies Michael Cannon and John […]


Scholarship Tax Credit

In recognition of School Choice Week, we are releasing the study below on Scholarship Tax Credit programs across the country and how they might work here in New Hampshire. The study is authored by Center Research Fellow Jason Bedrick.   Scholarship Tax Credit Programs Analysis

State Pensions: The Unfunded Liability and What it Means

The oft cited growing unfunded liability, pegged at the end of last fiscal year at $3.7 billion, has been the driving force behind pension reform in Concord. This shortfall is not just a result of poor investment returns from the recent recession, rather it is systemic. Every year, for the past ten years, the dollar value of the unfunded liability has increased. Even in years with double digit investment returns, liabilities continued to out pace the growth of assets.

New Hampshire taking the keys away from top bureaucrats

By Grant Bosse December 23, 2011 As originally published in the Concord Monitor Economic downturns and budget deficits are not good things.  But like most things in life, we can always look on the bright side.  One of the fringe benefits of tough times is that public officials spend our money a little more carefully.  […]