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Saturday
Aug032013

Josiah Bartlett Center - NH's Economy and Those New Mass. Taxes 

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Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


Massachusetts is simply not doing enough to help the New Hampshire economy. The news is full this week of stories about tax increases south of the border that should benefit us. But the changes are likely to have only a muted impact on the economy up here. In the past, we’ve been able to count on Massachusetts to drive more jobs and business our way. We may have to work harder in the future.

For decades, New Hampshire’s economy has benefited from a competitive advantage that drives jobs and people into our state. Tax advantages over Massachusetts (and the smaller economies of Maine and Vermont) have helped encourage businesses to locate in a state with no income tax, retail business to move to a state with no sales tax, and in general have created an idea in business development circles of New Hampshire as the low-tax island in the high-tax Northeast... Click here to keep reading.

 

Saturday
Jul272013

Josiah Bartlett Center - Rewarding the Boring, the CON Board, and NH June Unemployment Numbers 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


The hardest thing for any government to do is to pay attention to the long term. The system creates incentives for politicians to focus on short term solutions and ignore long term outlooks. The inability to look beyond this morning’s political fight defines the dysfunctional entity that passes for a federal government but has also crept into our state politics as well... Click here to keep reading.

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NH Unemployment Falls to 5.2%

Decline in Labor Force Continues

The unemployment rate in New Hampshire fell by one tenth of a percentage point in June to 5.2%, representing a decrease in the number of unemployed by 1400. The number of jobs created according to the Household Survey however was only 250, meaning the balance of the no longer unemployed (1,150) left the workforce... Click here to keep reading

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The CON Board

The Beast the Won't Die

The state’s Certificate of Need board, an outdated government panel that oversees hospital construction spending, was slated to go away in 2015, but supporters of government rationing slipped a provision into the state budget deal that pushes the day of reckoning back to June 30, 2016... Click here to keep reading.

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3.9 Million Transactions and Counting


NHOpenGov

The Josiah Bartlett Center's government transparency site is now updated with every last state transactions through the end of May 2013. Haven't used the site yet? Click here to start looking!

Friday
Jul192013

Josiah Bartlett Center - The Right Way to do Something Stupid, Six Figure Contracts, and Business Friendly NH 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


There is a right way and a wrong way for the government to do something stupid. It won’t surprise anyone that the current administration in Washington has chosen the wrong – and almost certainly illegal – way while New Hampshire managed to do a whole host of silly things but in the right way.

Routinely, governments find that laws previously passed are quite inconvenient and get in the way of something they are trying to do (or not do) today. But they don’t want to repeal the law for the future, they just don’t want to follow it this year... Click here to keep reading.

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Council Puts Brakes on High Paid Consultant

A Six-Figure Contract for Part Time Work

Attention job seekers: The New Hampshire Department of Education is hiring. It is so desperate for good help that it’s giving out six-figure contracts for part-time work.... Click here to keep reading

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Business Friendly NH

Good State Budget Developments

Gov. Maggie Hassan was flanked by Republican and Democratic leaders as she signed into a law a much-needed update of New Hampshire’s Business Corporation Act... Click here to keep reading.

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3.9 Million Transactions and Counting


NHOpenGov

The Josiah Bartlett Center's government transparency site is now updated with every last state transactions through the end of May 2013. Haven't used the site yet? Click here to start looking!

Friday
Jul122013

Josiah Bartlett Center - The Budget, Federalism, Medicaid, and Unemployment

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


The state budget has come and partially gone. We’re left with the victory claims and some of the unfinished business that promises to drag through the rest of the year. Don’t believe everything you read: the budget is something no one loves or hates and includes two time bombs that will emerge in six months like a plague of locusts to consume all political vegetation.

New Hampshire’s budget process was difficult this year because we have little experience with government quite so divided as this one was. The House and Senate are controlled by different parties and had very different budget ideas. Past experiences with divided government included overwhelming legislative majorities that ignored the governor or working coalitions of ideological compatibility... Click here to keep reading.

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The 50 Biggest Winners at the Supreme Court

Federalism gets a big boost

The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court all agreed on one thing this week: states matter. In a pair of high-profile cases, the court’s liberal and conservative wings each joined with swing voter Anthony Kennedy to reach decisions that greatly reduced the power of the federal government to contradict state decisions... Click here to keep reading

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Medicaid Expansion

JBC President named to Study Commission

Center President Charlie Arlinghaus was recently named to serve on the Medicaid Expansion Study Commission, while Grant Bosse has some questions they should ponder.... Click here to keep reading.

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National Unemployment Holds at 7.6%


Mixed Data in the National jobs report

The June unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6%. While the ranks of the unemployed grew by 17,000, the increase was not large enough to change the rate. The number of those not in the workforce grew by 12,000, but those classified as wanting a job fell by 132,000.... Click here to keep reading.

Saturday
Jun292013

Josiah Bartlett Center - State Employee Pay, the Final Budget, and NH Unemployment 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


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


Every two years, state employee pay and benefits is a big part of the budget battle yet most policymakers have only vague concepts of whether state workers are the largest cost in the budget and whether employees are over or under compensated.

The new state budget includes a 6.2% raise brought in at the last minute with some incentives to try and control health care costs. The state employees eventually turned down the contract they negotiated but the money is still part of the budget document... Click here to keep reading.

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Latest Budget Resources

FY14-15 Budget Finished

Now that the FY14-FY15 budget is complete, be sure to catch up on the very latest analysis from the Center. All of our budget work is conveniently located in one place... Right here

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A Look at the Final Budget

Higher Education a Big Winner

The Fiscal Year 2014-15 Budget passed both the House and Senate by wide margins on June 26th, and is currently awaiting Governor Hassan’s signature, who has said that she will sign it. So how does this year’s final budget look like over all? In General Funds, it spends roughly $213.9 million more than in the previous biennium... Click here to keep reading.

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NH Unemployment Drops to 5.3%


Good news in the State jobs report

According to New Hampshire Employment Security, the unemployment rate for the state in the month of May fell to 5.3%, a drop from 5.5% in April. Click here to keep reading.