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Tuesday
Dec152015

Josiah Bartlett Center - NH Senate President, House Speaker 12/16 

Don't Miss the Josiah Bartlett Center's Annual Policy Preview and Winter Social
 We do still have room at our Annual Policy Preview and Winter Social! On December 16 we will be joined by most of the people who make and react to policy in New Hampshire. Senate President Chuck Morse and Speaker Shawn Jasper have confirmed they be both brief and informative so you'll know what to expect but have plenty of time to network and to have informal discussions with people who know the news before you read it in the paper.

This event has become a success because it is so enjoyable, festive, and informative -- I may be biased but I'm not just saying that! 

One returning guest told me "I've been waiting to come back ever since last year's." I also think you'll be very interested in the Millyard Museum, one of the gems of New Hampshire.

 
We've made it easy for you to reserve a spot on our website [www.jbartlett.org] or by just emailing me and bringing a check. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
                                                                                                   
-Charlie
[arlinghaus at jbartlett dot org]

Friday
Dec042015

Josiah Bartlett Center - Join Us on December 16 

Next Year Starts December 16
 Prepare Yourself at the Josiah Bartlett Center's Annual Policy Preview and Winter Social
 By now, I hope you have heard about our Annual Policy Preview and Winter Social! On December 16 in a room filled with the people who make and react to policy in New Hampshire, we will hear briefly from state leaders about what's coming up next year but most of all have time to network, to have informal discussions, and just generally interact with people who know the news before you read it in the paper.

This event has become such a success because it is so enjoyable, festive, and informative -- and probably in that order! Last year's reception was described by one returning sponsor as the best reception he attended all year. This year's will be even better and in the unique surroundings of the Manchester Millyard Museum. 
 
We've made it easy for you to reserve a spot on our website [www.jbartlett.org] or by just emailing me. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
                                                                                                   
-Charlie Arlinghaus

 

Wednesday
Nov252015

2016 Policy Preview and Winter Social with the Josiah Bartlett Center 

Friends,

The middle of a long primary season with the legislative session almost upon us – The perfect time for The Josiah Bartlett Center’s much-anticipated  and now traditional Annual Policy Preview and Winter Social! 

That’s right, after the resounding success of last year’s remarkably interesting and not-so-remarkably festive event, we’re holding what promises to be the networking event of the season on December 16, at the Manchester Millyard Museum. We hope you can join us for an evening of facts, fun, and fellowship – not necessarily in that order.  Mingle with the movers and shakers of government, hear what’s going on before it makes the news, all while enjoying the remarkable treasure that is the Manchester Millyard Museum.
 
I hope to see you there!

                                                                                                    -Charlie Arlinghaus

Friday
Nov202015

Josiah Bartlett Center - Pie in the Sky Train Estimates Will Bankrupt Us 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

Pie in the Sky Train Estimates Will Bankrupt Us

The Pappas-Van Ostern Express is a good example of bad math driving debt and leaving taxpayers with an empty wallet. Last week’s news release was not a new train plan but simply the old unaffordable plan with all the estimates revised down to make it appear cheaper but grotesquely unrealistic. This sort of new math is how governments go bankrupt.

Efforts to spend $300 million on a train that would require large annual operating subsidies have stalled. In an effort to revive the plan — or perhaps just to put out a news release — Executive Councilors Colin Van Ostern and Chris Pappas put out what they described as a “draft financing option.” Their goal is to jump start discussions that have lagged. 
Click here to keep reading.

Monday
Nov092015

Josiah Bartlett Center - AG Nullification of Duty Threatens State Government 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

AG Nullification of Duty Threatens State Government

The Attorney General’s refusal to defend state law, if allowed to stand, would rewrite state law and create an untenable secondary veto power in an appointed office. The “duty to defend” should itself be defended. The issues involved have little to do with one additional education funding lawsuit and everything to do with the balance of powers in state government.

Two weeks ago, the Attorney General Joe Foster’s office announced that it would refuse to defend the state law on education in the face of a challenge by the city of Dover. Dover is challenging the limits on the rate of increase in a town’s aid — limits that have existed since the law, co-sponsored by then- Sen. Joe Foster, was passed in 2008.

Foster told the press last week that his office “could not find a defense we felt was meritorious.” That this sentiment is the complete opposite of the opinion he had as a state senator is curious, but not the point of the current column. Click here to keep reading.