JBC Making a Difference

Charles M. Arlinghaus, President 
The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy
7 South State Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 224-4450
www.jbartlett.org
 
Part of the importance of a think tank is making a difference. We believe we can make a difference but there's nothing like tangible proof. This year, there are great things to report on our two primary initiatives: school choice and cutting the insurance tax to create jobs.
1. A statewide school choice program (SB 131) passed the House Wednesday by a margin of 186-166. The bill has already passed the senate (14-9) and now heads to the ways and means committee before a final floor vote. A few short years ago no one thought it possible the NH legislature would pass a school choice program. Legislators in both parties and across ideological lines have come to understand school choice a common sense solution. (see "Let Families of Modest Means Choose a School" here: http://www.jbartlett.org/main/article.php?article_id=40&cat=0) This issue is moving forward and we'll continue to push it.
2. Cutting the Insurance Premium Tax could add thousands of jobs to NH (see our paper: "Making New Hampshire a Regional Center for Financial Services by Cutting the Insurance Premium Tax" here: http://www.jbartlett.org/files/misc/policymatters_insurance.doc). It's a complicated issue that requires some explanation but that's why we decided to get involved. This has the potential to be the most pro-growth tax change since the BPT emerged 35 years ago. It was the very last bill to pass the House on the last day before crossover thanks to the Speaker ensuring a quorum at 11 at night. Now it faces a strong fight in the Senate. Today, the Keene Sentinel, which had earlier published an op-ed version of our paper, came out for the idea (see their editorial here: http://www.sentinelsource.com/main.asp?SectionID=43&SubSectionID=105&ArticleID=104278)
School Choice passed the House, The Keene Sentinel and New Hampshire Union Leader agree on a tax cut -- making the impossible possible is what gets us out of bed each day.