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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

Monday
Oct152012

Josiah Bartlett Center - Balanced Budgets, State Agency Budget Requests, and Unemployment

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


As part of their gubernatorial campaigns, Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne have traded charges over their approaches to fiscal policy and over the recent history of the state budget. Hassan claims to have balanced the budget and cut spending as Democrat Majority Leader while Lamontagne claims she created a deficit, raised taxes, and increased spending.

The budget passed in June, 2009 for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 paradoxically was both balanced and created a deficit but it did not reduce spending even a little bit. Click here to keep reading.

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WGIR Podcast

State Agencies Looking for 19% Spending Increase

Grant Bosse joins Paul Westcott to discuss this month’s budget requests from New Hampshire agencies, asking for a 19% spending increase. Click here to keep reading

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Agencies Seek 19% Budget Increase


Christmas in October?

State agencies are hoping for a 19% increase in next year’s budget, according to the Agency Budget Submissions sent to the Governor’s Office this month. Click here to keep reading.
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Three Takeaways from the Sept Jobs Report


Surprising Drop to 7.8%

Last week the Bureau of Labor and Statistics released the September Jobs Report, which saw the unemployment rate drop to 7.8%. Like all of our previous Monthly Jobs Report analyses, we take a closer look at the data beyond the unemployment rate.

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Friday
Oct052012

Josiah Bartlett Center - Charter Schools, Pensions and Golf Courses

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


Two weeks ago, the state board of education denied every charter school application before them citing a financial problem that didn’t exist. Further their action circumvented legislation and calls into question whether they should be permitted to continue in their role as the state authorizingagency for charter schools. Their bad actions can be fixed and they should do so immediately as a gesture of good faith to both the legislature itself and the charter school community in New Hampshire... Click here to keep reading

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Pease Golf Course turns Profit by Avoiding Debt

 
State Golf Course Actually Run Like a Business

While municipally-owned golf courses in Concord and Manchester are leaning on taxpayers to cover for losses, the publicly-owned Pease Golf Course continues to turn a profit. Click here to keep reading
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WGIR

Debates and Charter Schools

Grant Bosse and Paul Westcott break down the latest debate between Ovide Lamontagne and Maggie Hassan, covering Medicare, Medicaid, and charter schools, in this NH Watchdog on WGIR Podcast. Click here to listen.
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Final Analysis: Pension Fund sees 0.9% Return


Revised upward from preliminary 0.7% Return

The New Hampshire Retirement System announced Friday that the pension fund posted a 0.9% gain for Fiscal Year 2012. Preliminary estimates had projected a 0.7% gain, but upon the final calculation for the fund’s real estate and alternative assets, the rate of return was revised upward. Click here to keep reading.