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Wednesday
Dec112013

Josiah Bartlett Center - Grant's Greatest Hits 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

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

 
 
For the last five years, Grant Bosse has been an important part of the Josiah Bartlett Center. First as an employee writing about things no one else was covering. In the last year, he’s been a senior fellow with a varied portfolio. As was inevitable, he didn’t stay forever and moved on to a new challenge exactly five years after we got him.
 
We wish him well in his new position with the New Hampshire State Senate but I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you what you already know: he did great things for the Bartlett Center and will be very difficult to replace. He had a rare ability to both understand the complicated issues of state government and to explain them in an understandable way to those of us who hadn’t researched the issue ourselves, read the bond statement, or sit through the hearing.
 
At its core, that’s the mission of the Josiah Bartlett Center.
 
We’re going to take this newsletter to remind you of some of Grant’s work – much of it still relevant – to tide us all over until perhaps he joins us again.
~Charlie Arlinghaus                                              

One of the reasons I like shopping at Market Basket is the huge selection. On a recent trip, I counted 51 different kinds of mustard. These days the condiment aisle is a lawless frontier, with horseradish and wasabi, and even relish, intruding on the very idea of what mustard is. The big yellow French’s bottle reminded me of childhood baloney sandwiches.Fussy little gourmet jars featured garlic and dill and white wine. I have to mention my personal go-to hotdog sauce, Gulden’s Spicy Brown. If the free market can provide such rich variety in something as mundane and trivial as mustard, why do we have just one choice for our kids’ school? Click here to keep reading.

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Meet the MET

How the Medicaid Enhancement Tax Works and Why it is so Important
 
This paper will outline the history of the Medicaid Enhancement Tax in New Hampshire, describe how the complex tax works in conjunction with the Disproportionate Share Hospital Program, and dispel some of the many misunderstandings that trip up budget writers trying to incorporate this brand new, 20-year old tax into the FY14-15 State Budget... Click here to keep reading

Do Certificate of Need Boards Reduce Costs or Hurt Patients?

Certificate of Need laws, or CONs, have been set up across the country under the assumption that rationing hospital construction and expansion would limit increases in health care costs. Four decades of experience have shown that CONs do not control costs, but do provide a significant barrier to entryClick here to keep reading

 
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RGGI: The First Two Years

 
The Northeast Cap and Trade program

In 2008, New Hampshire joined a ten-state regional compact designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a cap-and-trade program on electric generation facilities. This report examines how that program has been implemented in New Hampshire over the past two years, how much revenue has been generated from the sale of carbon allowances, and how New Hampshire officials have spent that money. Click here to keep reading

Tuesday
Dec102013

NEO Announces 2013 Data Roundup 

NEO Announces 2013 Data Roundup

Scholarship Data Filed with DRA Form ED-05 Show NEO Awarded More Than 100 Financial Need-Based Scholarships Totaling $125k+

Concord, NH - The Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) announced today that it has filed its 2013 ED-05 form with the state Department of Revenue Administration (DRA), in full compliance with the 2012 education tax credit law that makes education choice more accessible in the Granite State.
 
To parallel its filing with DRA, NEO – the only fully operating K-12 student scholarship organization (SO) operating under the law  - is also publishing the following snapshot of the DRA reported data, its 2013 scholarship contribution and award results.
 
Under the New Hampshire Education Tax Credit Law, corporations that contribute to state approved, tax-exempt, non-profit SOs between January and June of each year can be approved by the NH DRA to offset 85% of their contributions against their state business tax liability (BET or BPT). 
 
SOs like NEO use contributions they raise to provide scholarships to students enrolled in public school who desire to (1) attend a private school, (2) attend an out-of-district public school of their parents’ choice, or (3) for homeschooling expenses. SOs may also award scholarships to school-aged students with household incomes of 300% of the federal poverty guideline or below, whether they currently attend a private school, an out-of-district public school, or home school.
 
Highlights of NEO’s 2013 ED-05 already filed with DRA include the following data:
 
·      NEO awarded more than 100 financial need-based scholarships totaling more than $125,000 to highly deserving children under the Education Tax Credit program.
 
·      Approximately 90% of the scholarship recipients qualified for free or reduced priced lunch.
 
·      Scholarships were awarded based on highest financial need within the metrics provided in the New Hampshire Education Tax Credit law.
 
·      The average scholarship awarded to each schooled student was $2,474, with the balance of tuition costs being paid by scholarship families together with other financial aid provided by private schools.
 
·      The average value of the homeschool scholarship awarded was $215 and NEO awarded 56 scholarships to high-need families for homeschooling materials.
 
·      1,000-plus children applied for scholarships showing a clear need among New Hampshire families to receive scholarships and the opportunity for NEO to grow to assist many more children in the years to come.
 
·      Scholarship awards from contributions to NEO resulted in children attending schools with better educational settings and outcomes.
 
·      More than 100 corporations or individuals contributed to NEO in 2013.
 
For more information about the Network for Educational Opportunity and its scholarship program visit www.networkforeducation.org
Sunday
Dec082013

ALG's Daily Grind - Are millennials really dumping Obama? 

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Dec. 6, 2013

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Are millennials really dumping Obama?
Harvard study: While younger voters' attitudes may be shifting slightly against Obama, that is not necessarily pointing to a conservative or Republican surge per se. They may be disappointed with Obama, but they like Republicans even less.

Alternative education shows progress
Charter schools and voucher programs across the nation have simply worked. In Washington D.C., over 1,600 low-income children participate in the district's voucher program at a 91 percent graduation rate, which is a stark contrast when compared to the 41 percent rate of those not participating in the program.

Why fast food workers should really protest
If Americans take to the streets, as they arguably should, they should be demanding not a higher minimum wage but leadership with clarity, optimism and regard for individual initiative that inspired prosperity in generations past.

Coy: Sorry, the U.S. growth surge is just a blip
"Producing more stuff doesn't help if you can't sell it, and that was the problem with the U.S. economy last quarter.

Sunday
Dec082013

ALG's Daily Grind - Praise For Reps. Kline and Camp for investigation

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Dec. 7, 2013

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

ALG praises Reps. Kline and Camp for investigation
Americans for Limited Government applauds the decision of Representatives John Kline and Dave Camp to open an investigation into the allegedly compromised jobs data issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Did the Pope attack 'unfettered capitalism'?
Reuters: "Pope Francis attacked unfettered capitalism as 'a new tyranny.'" But did he actually write that?

Alternative education shows progress
Charter schools and voucher programs across the nation have simply worked. In Washington D.C., over 1,600 low-income children participate in the district's voucher program at a 91 percent graduation rate, which is a stark contrast when compared to the 41 percent rate of those not participating in the program.

ALG's Rick Manning interviews Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)
Rick Manning, Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government, sits down with Florida Representative Ted Yoho to discuss Benghazi, impacts of the NSA spying programs, international trade, sugar policy, and the future of the United States.

Thursday
Nov142013

Watchdog.org - School choice changes lives 

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Last weekend in Milwaukee, Franklin Center brought together bloggers from around the country to talk about how school choice can radically change a child's life for the better.

But don't take our word for it, watch this video as parents and children share their stories!

Remembering those who served on Veterans' Day

"Today, let’s put in the extra effort to show our gratitude–and let that gratitude, respect, and honor live on throughout the year,” said Franklin Center president Jason Stverak.

Read his full statement for Veterans' Day here.

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Join WatchdogWire TODAY at NOON as we Tweet-Up with Kira Davis - actress, writer, blogger, and expert talker. Follow the conversation and ask her questions using #WDWTU!

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Seen on Drudge this week!

The Drudge Report recently picked up Watchdog.org reporter Eric Boehm's story about a Pennsylvania town that won't be able to borrow its way out of its budget problems anymore.

Read the full story here!