One of the greatest obstacles to our current crop of politicians getting along with each other is a lack of information or at least a lack of good information. Sharing information and sharing it correctly is important not just for the sake of government transparency but so political squabbles are more constructive. New Hampshire’s state budget process needs more and better information. A just-passed transparency bill comes too late to help this budget but is an important step for the future.
New Hampshire’s government is very transparent in some areas and pathetically opaque in others. We do a terrific job on taxes. Each month’s tax receipts are posted within a day or two of the month ending. That they are posted quickly and completely helps make them a useful analytical tool for policymakers and also for interested parties outside the legislature. But the speed with which they are posted is only a small part of the story.Click here to keep reading.
Did you know the government can seize your property for no other reason than that they think you might have committed a crime? While this sounds like something that would never happen in a modern democracy, it can happen in nearly every state of the Union. This practice, known as Civil Asset Forfeiture, allows law enforcement to seize the assets or property of an individual suspected of committing a crime, often times without even filing charges. It is used most often by law enforcement as a tool in the War on Drugs, in particular, seizing large amounts of money or vehicles from suspected traffickers in an attempt to stem the flow of illegal drugs. Click here to keep reading.