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Thursday
Nov152012

Governors Benson, Merrill, and Sununu headline Josiah Bartlett Dinner

(CONCORD, NH)  The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy today announced the 2nd Josiah Bartlett Dinner will take place on Tuesday, December 4th at the Grappone Center in Concord. The dinner will feature a Fireside Chat with three former New Hampshire Governors and longtime supporters of the organization, Governors Craig Benson, Steve Merrill, and John H. Sununu.

 

"After a long campaign season, we hope people will enjoy hearing three wise friends of ours in a fun and freewheeling chat about the future of the state," said Center Chairman Rich Ashooh.

 

The evening will begin with a reception at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm. The Josiah Bartlett Center also announced that Executive Councilor and former Manchester Mayor Ray Weiczorek will receive the 2012 Libertas Award, which will be presented at the Josiah Bartlett Dinner.

 

"No one embodies the virtues of public service like Ray Wieczorek and it is an honor for us to be able to say thank you," Center President Charlie Arlinghaus added.

 

For tickets, sponsorships, or more information, contact Robin Anderson at robin@jbartlett.org.

Saturday
Nov032012

Josiah Bartlett Center - State Debt and the Upcoming Elections 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


Starting in 2008, the governor and Legislature adopted a series of unusual practices that obscured spending decisions. As a result, the two gubernatorial candidates this year fight over what the facts really are.

Republican Ovide Lamontagne claims that Democrat Maggie Hassan raised spending when she was Senate majority leader and left the state with an $800 million deficit. She claims she balanced the budget and spending went down. A careful look behind the curtain shows that significant spending increases without the money to pay for them caused a huge deficit that forced the most recent Legislature to pass a significant correction... Click here to keep reading.

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Crash Course at the Electoral College

Grant Bosse and Paul Westcott look behind the numbers in the last ten days of the 2012 Presidential Election, including which swing states are in play, how early voting could impact the race, whether the “Incumbent Rule” actually exists, and what happens in the case of an Electoral College tie... Click here to Listen

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JBC Report


NH's Growing Debt Problem

Charlie Arlinghaus talks to Jack Heath about New Hampshire’s increased reliance on debt to finance its budget, and why it’s important in next week’s election. Click here to listen.
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Taxpayer Investment in Cannon Mountain tops $9.2 Million


Lost roughly 250k in FY12

State-owned Cannon Mountain Ski Area will more than a quarter million in Fiscal Year 2012, after turning a profit for the first time in a decade in FY11. And that doesn’t include large capital construction subsidies provided by New Hampshire taxpayers. In all, New Hampshire taxpayers have put over $9.2 million into Cannon Mountain since the state began leasing out Mount Sunapee in 1999. Click here to keep reading.

Saturday
Oct272012

Josiah Bartlett Center - 'Balanced' Budgets explained, Foreclosures, and the Electoral College

Starting in 2008, the governor and Legislature adopted a series of unusual practices that obscured spending decisions. As a result, the two gubernatorial candidates this year fight over what the facts really are... Click here to keep reading.

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Crash Course at the Electoral College

Grant Bosse and Paul Westcott look behind the numbers in the last ten days of the 2012 Presidential Election, including which swing states are in play, how early voting could impact the race, whether the “Incumbent Rule” actually exists, and what happens in the case of an Electoral College tie... Click here to Listen

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Was the Budget Really Balanced?

Charlie Arlinghaus and Jack Heath discuss a key disagreement in the 2012 NH Governor’s Race, the 2009 budget that Maggie Hassan says was balanced, and Ovide Lamontagne says led to an $800 million deficit. Click here to listen.

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NH Foreclosures Tumble in September


Continues a Downward Trend since April

According to the foreclosure tracking firm Realtytrac, the number foreclosure filings in New Hampshire fell sharply to 423.  240 are headed for the auction block, while the balance were taken over by the lenders. With only 423 filings statewide, September saw the fewest monthly foreclosures in the 12 months, continuing the general downward trend that began in April. Click here to keep reading.


Saturday
Oct202012

Josiah Bartlett Center - The Income Tax Question, MMIS Contract Extention, and the True Unemployment Rate

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


Surprising all political observers, November’s up-or-down vote on an income tax is neck-and-neck. This is a rare opportunity for voters to express an opinion on one issue alone without having to agree with the person advocating the issue on everything else. The results of the income tax vote overall and in specific districts will influence many politicians for years to come.... Click here to keep reading.

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Contract 5 Years Overdue Seeks Another Extension

MMIS Saga Continues

Five years after missing its original two-year deadline, a state contractor is seeking another extension for a software program to track New Hampshire’s Medicaid program. HHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas is bringing a request to the Executive Council to extend the current contract with Hewlett-Packard for another five months in order to give Xerox more time to finish the state’s new Medicaid Management Information System... Click here to keep reading

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JBC Report


Medicaid Delay

Grant Bosse talks to Jack Heath about how a two-year contract to update New Hampshire’s Medicaid system has turned into a seven-year saga. Click here to keep reading.
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What is the Real Unemployment Rate?


Offical Rate Under-Represents True Nature of Unemployment

While it seems highly unlikely that the Bureau of Labor and Statics is deliberately ‘cooking the books’, there is something to be said about the under representation of the true state of unemployment. This is not to say that the Bureau is doing this on purpose, but rather it is a symptom of the sluggish recovery that is not captured in the data. Click here to keep reading.

Thursday
Oct182012

Josiah Bartlett Center - Save the Date! Libertas Dinner: Dec 4th

Save the Date!
Second Annual Libertas Dinner: December 4th
It’s that time of year again. People are still talking about last year’s Libertas Dinner (remember? We honored John Sununu and launched his career as a campaign surrogate). This year’s celebration promises to be even bigger and better. After the campaigns have ended, you’ll want to look ahead to the agenda that defines why we care about elections. Please consider supporting us as this is not just a celebration of our past successes and future plans but also a major source of our support. I’ll send you more information regularly but you may want to circle December 4 on your calendar.
                                                                                                                     ~ Charlie