Entries by Mitchell Scacchi


N.H. becomes first New England state to grant universal license recognition

Two weeks after New Hampshire posted a record-low unemployment rate of 1.9%, Gov. Chris Sununu signed two bills to make it easier for licensed professionals from other states to work here.  New Hampshire requires state-issued licenses for dozens of occupations, from barbers and cosmetologists to doctors, landscape architects, and even foresters. For decades, anyone who […]


Educational choice makes small but important gains in 2023

Legislators have approved two relatively small but significant improvements to New Hampshire’s existing school choice options.  The 2024–25 state budget increases per-pupil funding for public charter schools, and a separate bill expands eligibility for the Education Freedom Account (EFA) program. Both changes will offer Granite State students more educational options starting this fall. Charter schools […]


New Hampshire to be income-tax-free in 2025

On January 1, 2025, New Hampshire will ring in the new year as the only Northeastern state without an income tax.  On that day, New Hampshire will join seven other states—Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming—as the only U.S. states that don’t tax personal income. (Washington state passed a capital gains tax […]

Flush with revenue, Legislature raises spending while cutting taxes

State appropriations grew substantially this week as legislators passed a $15.2 billion state budget for fiscal years 2024–25. The budget appropriates $6.25 billion in the General and Education Trust Funds. Crafted by the Senate Finance Committee from a House version that passed earlier in the session, the budget raises total spending by more than 12% […]

N.H. eyes small expansion of Education Freedom Accounts

Since their adoption in 2021, Education Freedom Accounts (EFAs) have offered new educational opportunities for Granite State families. An EFA is a government-approved savings account that can be used to access a wide range of educational opportunities outside a family’s designated public school district. If eligible, parents can direct their state funded per-pupil adequate education […]