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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

My Turn: A call for caution on Feltes tax loophole plan

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sen. Dan Feltes, in his “My Turn” piece (Monitor Forum, Jan. 4), proposes two actions to close tax loopholes. One is to tax sales of stocks. The other is to eliminate channeling interest and dividends through a certain type of trust that enables avoidance of tax on them. …

Board of Contributors: Twilight for the king of the road

Thursday, January 8, 2015

We made the car trip again last week. Five hundred thirty miles there, five hundred thirty miles back to Concord. As is usually the situation, I did all the driving. Though the temptation is to yak about how …

My Turn: Journalism’s epitaph and democracy’s obituary

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I keep wondering why so many Americans tolerate gross income inequality, unmanageable student debt, the tsunami of anonymous dollars spent to manipulate election outcomes, ignore the dire threats of climate change and reluctantly accept as a function of “the free market,” Wall Street’s relentless rape of the middle …

NATIONAL VIEW: A disconcerting look at the power of cable news

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Does your vote depend on which news channel you watch? If you are a regular viewer of Fox News, will you become more likely to vote Republican? Until recently, it has been impossible to answer that question empirically. Sure, Republicans tend to favor Fox News and Democrats tend …

My Turn: Editorial fails to link casinos and corruption

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

At first glance, the Monitor’s suggestion in its Dec. 26 editorial, “Casinos leave corruption in their wake,” urging the state’s Gaming Regulation Oversight Authority to update its website to include the FBI’s new fraud hotline made sense. As lawmakers, we agree oversight is important and a fraud hotline …

My Turn: State’s citizens have no reason to trust Kinder Morgan

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A giant is poised to march through the towns along the southern border of New Hampshire, and its footprint would be deep and lasting. For some time now, Kinder Morgan and the Tennessee Pipeline Co. have been plotting ways to move natural gas from the fracking fields in …

My Turn: Let budget planning begin with those in need

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The New Hampshire General Court has started its work for the 2015 session, and the main task ahead of Gov. Maggie Hassan and our legislators is the creation of a new state budget. How will we measure whether they have succeeded in their work? A budget is not …

My Turn: Solar home makes New Hampshire winters not only bearable but enjoyable

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It’s the heart of winter and most likely anyone who heats with oil or gas is hoping that prices stay lower this winter. Last year, they no doubt cringed whenever the delivery truck arrived. Not so here at …

My Turn: Selma and the Twilight Zone of hate

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

As I waited in my Atlanta hotel to film my scenes in the Oprah Winfrey-Brad Pitt production of Selma, about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic civil rights campaign to lead a 50-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, …

My Turn: Actually, Common Core isn’t difficult to replace

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Recently, the Monitor ran an article that was originally published in the Washington Post, “Common Core standards aren’t so easy to replace” (Monitor Forum, Dec. 27). This article was written by the president and policy director for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Fordham is a recipient of funding …