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My Turn: Don’t let New Hampshire be the next Kansas

Monday, January 26, 2015

We are entering the budget process in Concord, and now with the Republican Party controlling both the House and the Senate, there has been much talk about cutting taxes, limiting spending, allowing the Medicaid expansion law to sunset in 2016 and in general downsizing the role of state government. We need to be careful of what we wish for. Trickle-down economics, or commonly referred to as supply-side economics, a favorite …

My Turn: Governor, please don’t raid dedicated funds

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dear Governor Hassan: I am sympathetic to the difficult decisions you and legislators must make in proposing a biennial budget for the state, but raiding statutorily dedicated funds should not be among the options you turn to for finding new general fund revenue. This practice allows lawmakers to enact new taxes without any accountability to the taxpayers. It is of dubious constitutionality, according …

MyTurn: This type of economics doesn’t work

Monday, January 26, 2015

Another legislative session, another round of bills to cut taxes to “stimulate” the economy and “grow” business. Currently there are bills from Sens. Jeb Bradley and Andy Sanborn to lower business taxes because they feel that they are too high compared to the rest of the region. Are they really? New Hampshire’s business …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

national view: Why housing recovery will remain feeble

Monday, January 26, 2015

Has the long-awaited U.S. housing boom finally arrived? You would think so, judging from statistics so far this month. But don’t hold your breath. In the week ending Jan. 9, mortgage applications leaped 49 percent from a week earlier and 30 percent from a year ago. Refinancing applications …

Cosby accusations follow a familiar path of celebrity and abuse

Sunday, January 25, 2015

They were both beloved entertainers, both icons in their own way. And both of their reputations were tarnished by lurid allegations of sexual abuse. But there are differences between Bill Cosby and British TV fixture Jimmy Savile. For …

Burns: Careful not to mix politics and poetry

Sunday, January 25, 2015

One of this country’s most noted independent bookstores is Politics and Prose, an eccentrically rambling operation that thrives in northwest Washington, D.C. Prose and politics are, in fact, inseparable in life. Not so much poetry and politics. And maybe that’s as it should be. At least if the …

My Turn: Time to close capital gains loophole

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Hampshire has a revenue problem. Simply put, the state doesn’t make enough money to pay its bills. While some lawmakers like to say we have a spending problem, we know that’s not just wrong, it’s disingenuous. And that’s because the way lawmakers “solved” the so-called spending problem …

Spending more on education works

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It’s become almost conventional wisdom that throwing more money at public education doesn’t produce results. But what if conventional wisdom is wrong? A new paper from economists C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker Johnson and Claudia Persico suggests that it is. To disentangle correlation from causation, they look at periods …

My Turn: We need to look at our public retirement system

Saturday, January 24, 2015

It has been reported the speaker of the House is considering a committee to address the New Hampshire Retirement System. Thank you Mr. Speaker. Hopefully your Committee’s findings and recommendations will be acted on. The NHRS as established in 1967 is a defined-benefit program which pays the employees …

My Turn: Where’s my dad’s GOP?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Grand Old Party was once just that, grand! It guided big programs, good programs through Congress. Founded in 1854 to abolished slavery, Republicans went on to give women the right to vote, pass the Civil Rights Act, expand Social Security, create the first national park and build …

My Turn: Patience, gratitude and a project well done

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I am not a patient person. I am the poster child for the “ imagine-do” approach to tasks at hand. So this is a story to offer some comfort and perhaps peace of mind to those of us …

NATIONAL VIEW: An expanded role in Asia

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The following editorial appeared in yesterday’s Washington Post: We’ve faulted President Obama for his less-than-full-throated support of free-trade agreements that enjoy the nominal backing of his administration. There was no such cause for complaint about his State of the Union address Tuesday night, however, in which he called …

My Turn: Money ball goes to D.C.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I normally don’t feel compelled to comment on sports stories, but after reading “Scherzer, Nationals break the bank” (Monitor, Jan. 20) I feel compelled to do so. First, one of the story’s very ill conceived hooks was that now that Scherzer signed a lucrative new contract with the …