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Saturday
Jan192013

Josiah Bartlett Center - The Beer Tax, NH Unemployment, and Why Gov. Hassan Needs to Start Cutting Now 

 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


Every two years in New Hampshire we have a budget crisis. Some crises are worse than others but no budget seems to be easy. This year, a new governor has been welcomes to office with problems that demand she take action long before the official budget is even adopted. She has no choice but to take immediate executive action to cut the existing budget just winding down and then put on hold any new or increased spending for another two years... Click here to keep reading.


Updated Data on NHOpenGov

Now nearly 3.5 Million State Transactions

Ever wonder how and where New Hampshire spends your tax dollars? Look no further than NHOpenGov.org, an open government project of the Center. We now have more than 3.5 Million transactions detailing how every last dollar was spent from the past 4 1/2 years. Help us find government waste! Click here to start looking.

Bill Would Make NH Beer Tax Nearly 4x the Mass Rate


Governor Vows to Veto

HB 168, introduced by Reps Charles Weed and Richard Eaton, would increase the beer tax by $0.10 per gallon, putting the tax at $0.40 per gallon. This would make New Hampshire’s Beer Tax the 13th highest in the country, (up from 19th) and the highest in the North East. Massachusetts, in comparison, has a rate of only $0.11 per gallon... Click here to keep reading.

A Look at NH's December Unemployment Report


Slight Increase in Unemployment to 5.7%

According to New Hampshire Employment Security, December's unemployment rate for the state was 5.7%, a .1 percentage point increase over last month. This upturn translates to 430 additional unemployed workers. There were 7368 initial claimants over the month with 45,784 continued claimants.

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Saturday
Jan122013

Josiah Bartlett Center - The Fiscal Cliff, Trains, and Trillion Dollar Coins

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


The music for the Washington fiscal cliff debate ought to be that written by Sergei Prokofiev for his “Tale of the Buffoon who Outwits Seven Other Buffoons.” Hard to believe he hadn’t of the fiscal cliff when he wrote it... Click here to keep reading.


The Trillion Dollar Coin and the Debt Limit

Would it be Possible and is it Legal?

With the US Treasury rapidly closing in on another debt limit ceiling, the idea of minting trillion dollar platinum coins to get around Congressional approval of a debt limit hike has gained some steam in the pundit world and with the public at large. It has even spawned the twitter hashtag #mintthecoin and a White House petition in support of the proposal... Click here to keep reading

Rail Back on Track in NH?

Would Cost $270 Million

Wednesday’s approval by the Capital Budget Overview Committee to fund a transportation study of the Capitol Corridor has revived hopes of commuter rail in New Hampshire. The Corridor project, if completed in its entirety, would see passenger rail service run from Concord through Manchester and Nashua, continuing south into North Station in Boston.

The project in terms of costs can divided roughly into four segments, totaling roughly $270 million from various sources... Click here to keep reading.

Takeaways from the December Unemployment Report


November Rate Revised Upward, Job Creation Treading Water

Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report for December, which showed that the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.8%. The BLS also revised the November rate upwards to 7.8% from 7.7%. Establishment Survey (i.e. employer) data showed that roughly 155,000 jobs were created. Click here to keep reading.

Saturday
Jan052013

Josiah Bartlett Center - For Hassan, Some Administrative Lessons from Lynch

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


In New Hampshire, the role of the governor can be divided into two segments: on one side, the governor is an administrator, a sort of city manager for state government. This area is often seen as Lynch’s greatest strength. His approach to administrative management is one that the incoming governor can emulate.

Because New Hampshire’s executive branch is independent of the governor in many ways (as opposed to a cabinet-style executive branch common in most states), the governor’s ability to select managers is limited. In Hassan’s case, many of her most critical department heads aren’t up for appointment for years, in some cases for another three years... Click here to keep reading.

Saturday
Dec292012

Josiah Bartlett Center - Enlightened Self-Interest and the Fiscal Cliff 

Enlightened Self-Interest and the Fiscal Cliff

 

With the end of the year and the dreaded fiscal cliff approaching, there are very few ways to make sure Washington doesn’t take more of your hard earned dollars away. The surest one I can think of is filed under the category of enlightened self-interest.
 
You can fight to keep your home state, the proud and free Granite State, a tiny little island of sensibility surrounded by a sea of Northeastern socialism, while at the same time annoying the tax collecting Washingtonians eager to waste more of our money on hideously ugly buildings and uglier bureaucracies they are populated within southwest Washington DC (the bureaucracies in NW DC are just as ugly but the building are actually nice).
 
As you know, The Josiah Bartlett Center fights every day more a limited more efficient government in New Hampshire. I think our success over the last couple years has shown what a difference one clear voice with a powerful message can make. I like to think that we are as efficient as we would like the government to become.
 
Did you know for example that the more than 100 op-ed pieces we placed in 2012 alone had a combined newspaper circulation of more than 4 million? Radio appearances are harder to measure but the combined listenership for all Josiah Bartlett radio interviews was probably even higher. That sort of reach is the envy of organizations with ten times our budget and staff.
 
Let me add to that the very interesting fact that the Bartlett Center is a section 501c3 educational foundation. As such, contributions to our important work are tax deductible.
 
So, my enlightened self-interest thought of the day is to ask whether you think your hard earned resources would be better used contributing to an organization advocating for balanced budgets, limited government, and individual responsibility or “contributing” to the Internal Revenue Service?
 
We have no endowment and no large institutional underwriters. Each year we must earn our budget from hundreds of individuals who support the work we do and share in our mission. I would be grateful if you would consider the work of the Josiah Bartlett Center as you make your end of the year charitable contributions.
 
You can donate securely online by clicking right here or you can send a donation via our friends at the postal service at PO Box 897, Concord, NH 03302.
 
2013 promises to a busy year and the fight to keep New Hampshire different from our neighbors will be waged on many fronts. I hope you will join us.
 
Forgive this brief commercial interruption this week. We’ll be back next week with more updates on policy and the goings on in Concord.

 

Sincerely,                                     

Charlie Arlinghaus       

Saturday
Dec222012

Josiah Bartlett Center - Details, Foreclosures, and the Voting Rights Act 

Much of the debate in the Legislature will devolve into predictable patterns reminiscent of the "infotainment" shows on what are generously called cable news channels: my party good, your party bad. This dynamic helps most of us tune out and ignore whatever silly thing they're up to in Concord or Washington this month... Click here to keep reading.

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N.H. man tries to save Voting Rights Act in order to kill it
On one side, a group seeking to overturn an outdated section of the law is trying to keep New Hampshire from getting out from under its ridiculous restrictions. On the other, supporters want to let New Hampshire escape to make it easier to keep other states under federal jurisdiction. The whole thing is turning an already obscure legal battle into something silly. Click here to keep reading.

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NH Foreclosures Fall in November
November saw New Hampshire’s foreclosure filings drop to 578. This reverses last month’s spike to 739. From the data it is not clear what caused the jump in October, but whatever the cause, it was only temporary. Click here to keep reading.

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