One of the more important New Hampshire stories of the 2022 mid-term elections happened in Massachusetts, where voters approved a so-called “millionaires tax.” That vote represents a pivot back toward the old “Taxachusetts” days when Bay State lawmakers disregarded the interstate competitive effects of their tax policies. When it takes effect, the “millionaires tax” will […]

A federal government agency worked in the winter of 2019 to prevent New England from accessing adequate supplies of natural gas, emails recently obtained by the Cato Institute show.  Government is supposed to work on behalf of citizens, not special interests. But the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), a subdivision of the U.S. Department of Transportation, […]

In New England, the poster child for bad tax-and-spend governance is no longer Massachusetts. It’s Connecticut. And we can learn from the Nutmeg State’s nutty management. Connecticut used to have relatively low taxes and a strong economy. Not anymore. Our friends at The Yankee Institute in Connecticut have chronicled the state’s decline in a recent […]

The warning from New England’s electric grid operator, ISO New England, has become an annual refrain: Insufficient access to a dependable supply of fuel puts the entire region at risk of rolling blackouts this winter. This year, there’s a new hint of urgency in the warnings, which have come from multiple sources. “Without adequate gas, […]

It’s fall fair season, which in New England is known as the most wonderful time of the year.  Why do people love fall fairs so much? Because they’re not really fairs. They’re markets.  And markets make people happy. The thrill of a fall fair is enhanced by the crisp, autumn air, the foliage, the drive […]

By Jonathan Helton Will New England have enough fuel this winter? The region’s six governors have their doubts, and in July they wrote U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to ask for relief from a 1920 shipping law that has limited the region’s supply of fuel, particularly oil and natural gas. The governors asked the Biden […]

Gov. Chris Sununu has proposed tapping $60 million of the state budget surplus to give $100 rebates to electricity ratepayers. The plan requires approval by the Legislature and could come up for a vote this Thursday when legislators return to take up bills vetoed by the governor. In the spring, a gas tax holiday was […]

Two events on opposite ends of the state last week highlighted the central problem with New Hampshire’s housing market. In Newmarket over the weekend, a group of renters held a demonstration to denounce landlords and protest high rents. After experiencing a substantial rent increase, one couple said they had to move out of town to find […]

Energy shortages in California and Europe have prompted a revival of interest in Nuclear power. And who gets the credit? Environmental activists, naturally.  “Why even environmental activists are supporting nuclear power today,” National Public Radio gushed last week.  The few environmentalists highlighted in the story deserve credit for taking such an unpopular position within the […]

Hanover could be the canary in the coal mine for housing-induced labor shortages in New Hampshire.  The town has canceled its annual Fall Fest and its after-school program for grades three through five because it can’t find enough staff, the Valley News reported.   Why can’t the town find enough staff? The town manager cited the […]