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Tuesday
Jun242014

Josiah Bartlett Center - Libertas Dinner Tickets on Sale and How Canada Gets It Right 

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Josiah Bartlett Center

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on the issues impacting New Hampshire
 

Tickets for the 2014 Libertas Dinner are now on sale! This year's dinner, honoring New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher Joesph McQuaid, will be held on July 23, at the Grappone Center in Concord. Click here to order your tickets today!
 


The return of warm weather to our state seems the right time for me to wax poetic about Canada again. To the chagrin of many, I hold up “the true North proud and free” as an example to be emulated south of the border. Bear with me and see if you don’t agree that the United States should be more like Canada.

Let me begin by saying that I don’t suggest for a minute that everything Canadian is superior to everything American. Those of you familiar with the English language will understand that. But invariably on this topic some yahoo writes me a long diatribe about “socialized medicine” despite my disclaimer about not preferring their health model. In that yahoo’s defense, this column will run a good 750 words and it’s a lot to expect a reader to make it through all of them. Click here to keep reading

Saturday
Jun142014

Josiah Bartlett Center - Budget Problems and Mismanaged Tax Credits 

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Josiah Bartlett Center

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on the issues impacting New Hampshire
 

The state may or may not face a budget crisis depending on who you believe. In the face of what she thinks is a crisis, the governor imposed the mildest of spending restrictions on every part of state government. Until we know the problem better, she decided to impose the time honored first step: a freeze on new hiring and out-of-state travel. It doesn’t save much money in the short term but it’s symbolic. Click here to keep reading


As reported in the Nashua Telegraph, a Legislative audit of the Division of Economic Development, within the Department of Resources and Economic Development found that in 2011 and 2012, $875,750 was improperly given out as tax credits, while an additional $121,000 worth of tax credits were not given to business that were eligible to receive them. This mismanagement accounts for nearly half of all the tax credits granted by the Division. The specific programs in question are the Economic Revitalization Zone (ERZ) tax credit and the Coös County Job Creation (CCJC) tax credit. Click here to keep reading

 

Wednesday
Jun112014

Josiah Bartlett Center - Save the Date! 4th Annual Libertas Dinner, July 23 

Save the Date!  Fourth Annual Libertas Dinner 
July 23, 2014
Dear Friends,

I know you’re probably one of the folks who told me that our Libertas Dinner is the best networking they event they go to all year and a fun evening to boot.  Well, I have good news! Not only are we having another dinner, but this year it is being held even earlier in the year, in July, so less waiting, more schmoozing. What's more, we are extending everyone's favorite part - the predinner reception - so you'll have more time to mingle and chat before our always enthralling main event. 

Speaking of the main event, we’ve got a humdinger planned for you. On July 23 we are honoring Joseph McQuaid, esteemed publisher, in a celebration of his noteworthy career, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and indeed, the newspaper industry itself. I’m sure you know by now that I have a special soft spot for the newspaper industry and its extraordinary value to informed decision making. You won't want to miss it, so be sure to note July 23 on your calendar, phone, or tablet now!

Charlie Arlinghaus
Saturday
Jun072014

Josiah Bartlett Center - Trying to Make Sense of the MET Deal and the EPA's New Rules 

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Josiah Bartlett Center

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

The brokered deal on the Medicaid Enhancement Tax and lawsuit is a partial solution to an imperfect situation that will require difficult choices but it may still be the right choice to make. The complexity of the tax and the schemes surrounding it make evaluating and understanding the tax, the choices, and the possibilities difficult but let’s give it a try. Click here to keep reading


Earlier this week, President Obama announced a series of proposed rules that would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by fossil fuel fired power plants. The goal nationally is to reduce emissions by 30% below 2005 levels. Each state has its own reduction goal, reached through a complex calculation based on current energy production sources and possible policy choices. For New Hampshire to comply with these rules, the state would need to reduce emissions from fossil fuel fired plants by more than 46% by 2030. Click here to keep reading

Saturday
May312014

Josiah Bartlett Center - Sausage Making, the Rainy Day Fund, and Narrow Networks 

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Josiah Bartlett Center

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on the issues impacting New Hampshire
 

The most annoying and disheartening time of the legislative year is upon us – the time when transparency and honest debate are sacrificed on the altar of hidden agendas in pursuit of that elusive legislative pot of gold, “a deal.” Committees of conference are legislative mini-summits where the romanticized version of a smoke filled room creates comparisons to sausage making that do a distinct dishonor the noble smoked meats. Click here to keep reading
 


Summary: The current FY14-15 budget spends $30.5 million more on Health and Human Services than the House Budget proposed, when Uncompensated Care is removed. Revenue projections for the Medicaid Enhancement Tax (MET), which funds Uncompensated Care, were revised downwards in the Enacted Budget on the advice of HHS. Taking into account all back of the budget reductions, the Enacted Budget spends nearly $23.5 million more over the biennium than the House Budget in General Funds. Click here to keep reading

 


The real problem with the Obamacare network in New Hampshire is not that it is too narrow but that there is any network at all. Healthcare costs are lowered not when the one government sanctioned picks winners and losers but instead when providers compete for the customer pool. The oddly constructed health exchange in New Hampshire is not the beginning of the future but the last gasp of the past. Click here to keep reading