Gov. Chris Sununu lifted the state’s mask mandate on April 16, and much hand-wringing ensued. And scolding. And partisan attacks.  New Hampshire Public Radio noted, with apparent worry, that the hospitalization rate was higher than it was when the mandate was issued last November.  State Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley tweeted, “When Republicans get elected, […]

One of the consequences of regulating business by statute is that statutes are categorized, and therefore businesses have to be categorized too. The rigid legal classifications for businesses can lead to some restrictions that make sense only to lawyers, legislators, and scientists who catalogue animal and plant species. The first step in regulating a business […]

The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy presents a Libertas Virtual Event with distinguished historian Wilfred McClay, at 4 p.m. on May 3, for a discussion of his new book, “Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story.” McClay, the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University […]

The 2022-23 state budget passed in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday would reduce state general and education fund spending by 1.4% below actual 2020-21 state spending. The reduction from what legislators approved in the last session is even larger.  There is always some discrepancy between legislative appropriations and actual spending, as governors make […]

Join us to commemorate Tax Day this year with Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist! The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy is pleased to present a virtual conversation with Grover Norquist at noon, Tuesday, April 13. We’ll discuss what’s going on with the push to raise taxes in Washington, and find out how […]

Raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage to $15 an hour would cost the state nearly 6,000 jobs and more than 9,000 residents, raise consumer prices, reduce economic output, and cause serious harm to small businesses and the leisure and hospitality industries, a new report from New Hampshire Employment Security concludes.   The study, released Monday by […]

A bill to be considered by the House of Representatives this week would end the legal doctrine of qualified immunity in New Hampshire. This policy brief offers a quick explainer of the bill and the broader issue of qualified immunity it addresses. What is qualified immunity? Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine created by the […]

On Monday, March 29, New Hampshire became the first New England state to make at least half its population eligible for a COVID vaccine, according to an estimate by the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy. Two days later, on the last day of March, it became the first New England state to make at […]

Most U.S. States (27) have Right to Work laws, and that includes a growing number in the industrial Midwest. Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin have them, and every state bordering Ohio, save Pennsylvania, has one.   As Right to Work laws have spread North and West in recent decades, they have hit a hard wall in […]

A new UNH poll purports to show that Education Savings Accounts are unpopular in New Hampshire. That would be surprising because plenty of other survey data, including previous UNH polling, shows that ESAs (and school choice in general) draw more support than opposition.  One look at the wording of the UNH Survey Center’s poll question […]