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Josiah Bartlett Center - Libertas Dinner and Charter School Funding 

The Busy Month of June

There is a lot going on in the world of politics and policy right now. In this weekly update I want to make sure you know some of what’s going on inside the Bartlett center and state government. The state budget is coming to a head just as we are unfolding our annual Libertas dinner (June 17).

The dinner is of course a celebration of economic opportunity and freedom, this year honoring Steve Forbes who reminds us that “free people and free markets are the best answer in today’s economy.” But as our beloved Granite State finds itself at a crossroads, these are more than just words, they are a guide to the policy solutions we face. Too often politicians even here get caught up and decide that competition and supply and demand are outdated concepts. We’re on the other side whether it be alternatives in education or using competition and market forces to better your health care.

If you care to join us June 17 we will celebrate the Bartlett Center itself and our role reminding policy makers of time honored truths. And of course it is our annual fundraiser which helps one check at a time to provide us with the resources to simply exist and do the work that so many count on. Without an endowment or a government sponsor or a large benefactor, we count proving our worth to individuals, one at a time, each and every year – the market forces we extol in so many other areas. Consider joining us. It is in fact the most enjoyable event of the year. To buy your tickets online, click on the invite below. 
In the meantime, feel free to peruse information on the funding crisis facing charter schools and their students as well as our continuing efforts to sound the alarm about a very mediocre economy.  
Hope to see you soon,                                            



Senate's Charter School Funding would be Devastating

Oddly, State Senators who claim to be supportive of charter schools are doing their best to destroy them. Perhaps charter schools would have been better off to have outright enemies in charge rather than pretend supporters whose token gestures will do more to close these alternative schools than active opposition would.

After years of apathy toward charter schools, the state Senate has signaled its intention to out-mediocre the House and offer these schools the most nominal of Band-Aids that will help the schools almost not at all but create the tiniest of fig leafs for a handful of politicians.
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AUFC - Climate Change Voters To Press Scott Walker 

Climate Change Voters To Press Scott Walker



On Friday, May 29th at 6pm, the Koch brothers’ favored candidate Scott Walker will attend a fundraising cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee and climate voters will be hot on his trail. With a floating iceberg in tow, climate voters will press Walker and his out-of-touch views on climate change. Participants will also be highlighting two University of New Hampshire reports this month showing how climate change will have detrimental impacts on Granite State residents.



**Great Visuals:

  • ·         Floating iceberg dock trailing Governor Walker with climate voters in moose costumes


WHO: Americans United for Change

Climate Change Voters


WHAT: Climate change voters will press Scott Walker and his out-of-touch views on climate change


WHEN: Friday, May 29, 2015 at 6:00PM


WHERE: Lake Winnipesaukee, leaving from Weirs Beach Port in Laconia






AFP - An easy fix... 


When we launched Reform America 2015, we set out an achievable agenda for lawmakers in Congress. It's full of changes they can make immediately to get government out of the way and improve lives.

Then we vowed to keep the pressure on every politician, from House to Senate, from newly-elected to veteran, from Democrat to Republican. Now, thanks to your efforts, we've had some great achievements!

As part of a monthly update, we will keep you informed about meaningful steps taken to advance these key legislative goals. Take a look at the progress below:


The medical device tax should be an easy fix for Congress. The U.S. is the only country on earth that imposes a tax on the sale of medical devices like insulin pumps and heart valves. As a result, these astoundingly high tax rates cripple medical innovation and increase the cost of life-saving devices.

The medical-device tax threatens thousands of jobs, disproportionally harms small businesses, and should be repealed.
Please join AFP in urging your representatives in Washington to repeal the medical device tax. Click on the "!" buttons above to demand action!
Thank you, and let's keep reforming America!

Brent Gardner
Vice President of Government Affairs
Americans for Prosperity


NH Stay Work Play Opens Nominations for 6th Annual Rising Stars Awards

Prestigious program adds video nomination process for College Student of the Year nominations

Manchester, New Hampshire – Stay Work Play is now accepting nominations for its sixth-annual Rising Stars Award program and is ready to recognize a new class of exceptional young people, companies and organizations, and programs. The Rising Stars Awards will accept nominations through July 15. The competition also invites eligible college students to create and share 15-second videos as part of College Student of the Year nominations.

The Rising Stars Awards are an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) to celebrate and recognize remarkable young workers and college students in the Granite State as well as the companies and initiatives that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them. It includes six awards:

  • College Student of the Year, which honors a New Hampshire college student who is an academic rising star and is giving back to the community;
  • Young Professional of the Year, which honors an outstanding professional between the ages of 18 and 40 who works and lives in New Hampshire;
  • Civic Leader of the Year, which honors a person who, through his or her volunteerism, philanthropy or community involvement, demonstrates a commitment to civic participation, strengthening the community, and developing personal leadership capacity to make New Hampshire a better place for future generations;
  • Coolest Company for Young Professionals, which honors companies in New Hampshire that create environments to attract and retain young professionals;
  • Leadership Development Program of the Year, which honors an innovative program initiated and conducted by a New Hampshire organization aimed at a young professional audience to propel personal and professional growth; and
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year, which was added last year, honors a young entrepreneur who dedicates his or her time to starting and/or operating a new business, is making a positive contribution to the state’s economy and adds community vibrancy.


“We look forward to recognizing the standout people and companies who understand the importance of making New Hampshire a great place to set down roots,” said Kate Luczko, Stay Work Play’s executive director. “Past winners have gone on to accomplish incredible things and continue to nurture a positive economic and cultural climate for young professionals.”

To nominate a person, company or program, for complete rules, nomination materials and a sample College Student of the Year Award video. Finalists will be selected by judging panels appointed by Stay Work Play, and winners will be announced at a celebratory event at 5:30 pm on Monday, October 5.

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko,, (603) 860-2245.

About New Hampshire Public Radio: Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Their mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from thirteen different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 184,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, locally produced shows such as The Exchange and Word of Mouth, and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.




Cornerstone - Rick Santorum Headlines Cornerstone Banquet May 12 

Cornerstone Action

Cornerstone Policy Research Welcomes Rick Santorum to 15th Anniversary Celebration May 12
Cornerstone Policy Research will mark its first fifteen years of research and advocacy for New Hampshire families at a banquet on Tuesday, May 12 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire. Featured speaker will be Senator Rick Santorum. A reception at 6:15 p.m. will precede the 7:00 p.m. dinner.

Cornerstone Policy Research and its advocacy arm, Cornerstone Action, are non-profit non-partisan New Hampshire organizations dedicated to building strong New Hampshire families. Cornerstone works to promote respect for life, support traditional marriage, defend the rights of parents to make decisions about their childrens' education and health care, and encourage responsible government spending.
Senator Santorum and his wife Karen are the parents of seven children. The Santorums' recent book, “Bella’s Gift: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a Nation" is about their youngest daughter, Bella, born with Trisomy 18. Warned that their daughter had a short life expectancy, the Santorum family chose to celebrate her life rather than anticipate losing her. "Bella's Gift" relates how now-six-year-old Bella has been a transformative blessing to her parents and siblings. Senator Santorum represented Pennsylvania for two terms in the U.S. Senate.  

For more information about the event, contact Cornerstone at 603-228-4794