Entries by Mitchell Scacchi

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Manchester could boost its housing supply by allowing more duplexes

Manchester is often seen as the center of multifamily housing in the state, while smaller cities and surrounding towns are viewed as less hospitable. But Manchester’s land-use regulations are unusually hostile to one relatively popular form of multifamily housing: duplexes.  Two-family housing is permitted on only 18% of Manchester’s buildable area, according to the New […]

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The FTC’s Amazon lawsuit New Hampshire joined is a mess of bad economics

New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella has joined 16 other state attorneys general in the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) lawsuit alleging that “Amazon is a monopolist” that engages in illegal anti-competitive behavior.   But a close read of FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan’s suit reveals a confused and ultimately unconvincing case that Amazon (a) is a monopoly […]

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Bans and high taxes fuel black markets for tobacco & vape products

As the Biden administration gets closer to finalizing its proposed rule banning the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars nationwide, a well-known aphorism comes to mind: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” The administration’s logic behind the federal ban is that doing so will reduce smoking and correspondingly improve public health. […]

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Education entrepreneur spotlight: Stacey Hammerlind and Jessica Rothbart of Micah Studios

Editor’s note: Since the COVID-19 pandemic, educational entrepreneurship has boomed nationwide. New Hampshire has experienced significant growth in the number of entrepreneurs and innovators willing to take on the daunting challenge of building a new educational ecosystem. This year, we’ll be highlighting some of the people and organizations that have begun expanding the education marketplace […]

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Education entrepreneur spotlight: Will and Caroline Forrester of Acton Academy Bedford

Editor’s note: Since the COVID-19 pandemic, educational entrepreneurship has boomed nationwide. New Hampshire has experienced significant growth in the number of entrepreneurs and innovators willing to take on the daunting challenge of building a new educational ecosystem. This year, we’ll be highlighting some of the people and organizations that have begun expanding the education marketplace […]

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Affordable housing is N.H.’s top economic problem, leaders & voters agree

New Hampshire voters rank affordable housing as the state’s No. 1 problem, according to a UNH Survey Center poll released on August 28. State business and political leaders agree, saying housing affordability is the top problem holding back the state’s economy.  “Oh, it’s number one,” Gov. Chris Sununu told Drew Cline, president of the Josiah […]