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Josiah Bartlett Center - The Libertas Award, Pensions and Maggie Hassan's Budget 

Our annual Libertas Dinner event was a big success this year. Universally, people found the three governors fascinating and entertaining. We got a terrific backroom look inside the inner sanctums of government. You can see above that Craig Benson was not just insightful but had Steve Merrill and John Sununu in stitches. The best part of the evening though was the opportunity to honor one of the state's great public servants, Ray Wieczorek who didn't just talk about limited government but lived it for twenty years. Follow this link to our description of Ray and his amazing career: Click here.

Pension System Funding Ratio falls to 56.1%

Unfunded Liability Climbs to 4.5 Billion

According to the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) of the New Hampshire Retirement System, the funding ratio for the state pension system fell by 1.3 percentage points to 56.1%... Click here to keep reading.


How Maggie Hassan Will Make the Same Choices Bill O'Brien Did

Charlie's Weekly Column

Budgets always involve choices. This year’s choices are very different from the political rhetoric that has been thrown around for the last year. Far from restoring any previously made cuts, the new legislature and governor can’t afford the current budget and will have to find additional cuts not additional spending. Every policy wish competes against every other policy wish and there is money for none. Click here to keep reading.

Three Takeaways from the November Jobs Report

Unemployment falls to 7.7%, but Work Force Participation Rate Falls too.
Last week, the November job report was released, which showed that unemployment had dropped to 7.7%, the second month in a row of .2 percentage point decline. Despite fears that super storm Sandy would impact the data, the Bureau reported that data from the affected areas were within the normal ranges... Click here to keep reading.

Josiah Bartlett Center - Join us on 12/4: Josiah Bartlett Annual Dinner 

Dear Friends,

I’m taking a break from writing about the budget and hoping you’ll be able to help us do more to analyze the budget more often and entertain yourself at the same time. Most of you know that we exist on the kindness of others. Some – left-leaning mostly – think tanks are subsidized by government grants, colleges or ideological billionaires. We aren’t. We rely on hundreds of small contributions from people who want us to make a difference in New Hampshire. Next week, we’re holding our annual dinner – a fundraising event that does much to help supply the very small but efficient budget that allows us to do everything we do.
We’ll be honoring a great public servant, Ray Weiczorek with our Libertas Award. We’ll also have a chance to hear three distinguished former governors (Benson, Merrill, Sununu) talk together about not candidates or personalities but policy and the challenges our state faces. It should be fascinating.
Most of all, I hope you’ll consider coming because it will help the Josiah Bartlett Center survive and thrive.
Links at the bottom of the invitation will bring you to our website where you can securely order your tickets for the dinner. There are good seats still available (no one has to sit in the kitchen) so I hope you can join us.
                                                                                                                     ~ Charlie


Josiah Bartlett Center - Fireside Chat with the Governors 


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.


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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.


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


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.

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.