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Thursday
Sep062012

JBC tracks NH Retirement System Investments 

Returns are "middle of the pack" among other states

 

(CONCORD, NH) The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy today released a new paper tracking investment returns for the New Hampshire Retirement System.  The report, authored by Policy Analyst Joshua Elliott-Traficante shows that return on investment for the New Hampshire Retirement System tended to follow the broader stock market and has, on average, outperformed the S&P 500 over the last two decades

 

"From 1990 to present, the S&P has averaged a return of 7.69%, where the NHRS has seen 9.29%. Put another way, the NHRS outperformed the S&P 500 in 13 of the last 22 years. Of the years that the NHRS underperformed, half were by less than 3 percentage points."

 

While those returns appear to beat the market, New Hampshire is in the middle of the pack compared to other public pension systems.

 

"As the data shows, System returns have been in the middle of the pack. Returns have stayed well within the range of similar systems, usually near the average."

 

READ THE FULL REPORT

Saturday
Sep012012

Josiah Bartlett Center - Political Conventions, Bond Bank Downgrade and Talking Points 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


Political party conventions are giant taxpayer funded parties that have outlived their usefulness and should be eliminated. That Congress routinely votes to spend ten of millions of dollars on themselves is a sign of their own immaturity and helps explain the fiscal problem we have and they can’t seem to fix... Click here to keep reading


The Disappearing Deficit?

Looking at the Latest Election Year Talking Point

Grant Bosse and Paul Westcott discuss the new talking point that the Republican Legislature didn’t actually fix the state’s $900 million deficit, because the deficit allegedly never existed. Click here to listen.

JBC Report


Taxpayer Funded Conventions

Jack Heath asks Charlie Arlinghaus about his Union Leader column calling for an end to taxpayer funded subsidies of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Click here to keep reading.

Fitch Downgrades Municipal Bond Bank


Downgrade Explained

Fitch Rating has downgraded the bond rating for the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank from AA to AA-, but New Hampshire’s Treasurer says it’s not reason to worry about the credit worthiness of New Hampshire cities and towns.  Click here to keep reading.

Saturday
Aug182012

Josiah Bartlett Center - Reforming State Government, Foreclosures and Agenda 2012

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


New Hampshire is not a modern state nor is it run like a modern state. Each day in the news there is some other reminder that we run ourselves like some odd backwater anachronism and pretend it is a virtue not just silliness.

The Liquor Commission is in the news for having misplaced hundreds of cases of wine which weren’t supposed to exist but did and then didn’t. The real oddity is not the case of the mystery wine but the commission itself and why it even exists... Click here to keep reading

 

Miss this Week's Segments?

We've got you covered: click the links below to listen to the first part of the series.

Jobs and the Economy Click to Listen

Taxes and Spending: Click to Listen

New Hampshire Retirement System:
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Transportation:
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Ryan's New Hampshire Connection

In this podcast of the Josiah Bartlett Report, Grant Bosse shares with Jack Heath his experience working with Paul Ryan on Social Security reform on Capital Hill. Click here to keep reading.

July sees NH Foreclosure Filings Fall by 25%


Lowest Rate of 2012

With a total of only 596 properties either being put on the auction block or repossessed by the bank,  this puts total filings under 600 for the first time since December.  Click here to keep reading.

Tuesday
Aug142012

Josiah Bartlett Center - Agenda 2012, Pension Investment Returns, and July Unemployment Data

WGIR AM 610 and 96.7 The Wave, New Hampshire’s News Radio, are partnering with the Josiah Bartlett Center, New Hampshire’s leading think tank, to produce AGENDA 2012, a two-week series investigating the top state issues facing New Hampshire voters this fall. Starting Tuesday, August 14th, AGENDA 2012 will air each weekday morning in the Paul Westcott Show... Click here to find out more!

Charlie's Weekly Column

Good proposals often founder on the rocks of partisanship. It is a sad truth of current political wars that Republicans are meant to reject Democratic proposals simply because of the party that made them and vice versa.... Click here keep reading

NHRS Right Around Average

So did the New Hampshire Retirement System do badly this past year? While the system did poorly in terms of meeting the assumed rate of return for the year, comparatively speaking, the NHRS was firmly in the middle of the pack. Click here to keep reading.

Three Takeaways from the July Unemployment Data


Uptick to 8.3%

Suffice it to say, it does not show much of an improvement over the June data. In fact, the unemployment rate increased from 8.2% to 8.3%. While it is only a tenth of a percent increase, it means that all of the marginal improvements made this year have now been completely wiped out. Looking deeper into the data, we see more troubling data:  Click here to keep reading.

Friday
Aug102012

WGIR teams with Josiah Bartlett Center for AGENDA 2012

AGENDA 2012- Two week series looks at New Hampshire's top election issues

 

(MANCHESTER, NH)  WGIR-AM, New Hampshire's News Radio, is partnering with the Josiah Bartlett Center, New Hampshire's leading think tank, to produce AGENDA 2012, a two-week series investigating the top state issues facing New Hampshire voters this fall.

 

Starting Tuesday, August 14th, AGENDA 2012 will air each weekday morning in the Paul Westcott Show. New Hampshire Watchdog's Grant Bosse will examine the policy questions surrounding such thorny issues as the economy, the New Hampshire budget, education, transportation, and energy, tapping the expertise of the Josiah Bartlett Center's policy analysts. Bosse will also join Westcott in the WGIR studios to discuss the political ramifications of these policy debates.

 

"AGENDA 2012 isn't about the candidates. It's about giving New Hampshire voters the information they need to question and challenge those candidates on the campaign trail," Bosse explains. "Voters who care about politics listen to WGIR-AM."

 

The Josiah Bartlett Center will post the entire series as a resource for Granite State voters on its New Hampshire Watchdog newsite. Bosse highlights New Hampshire policy issues on the Paul Westcott Show every Friday morning.

 

"New Hampshire Watchdog on WGIR has been one of most popular and informative segments," added host Paul Westcott. "With so much attention focused on the federal races, WGIR and the Josiah Bartlett Center are best positioned to keep our audience informed on state issues."

 

AGENDA 2012 Schedule (subject to change)

 

Tuesday, August 14th- Jobs and the Economy

Wednesday, August 15th- Taxes and Spending

Thursday, August 16th- New Hampshire Retirement System

Friday, August 17th- Transportation

 

Monday, August 20th- Health Care

Tuesday, August 21st- Education

Wednesday, August 22nd- Energy

Thursday, August 23rd- Social Issues

Friday, August 24th- Government Reform