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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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Sunday
Dec162012

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.

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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.
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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.
Wednesday
Nov282012

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

Saturday
Nov172012

Josiah Bartlett Center - Fireside Chat with the Governors