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Editorial: Wrongheaded tax leaves state in a bind

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The suspense continues. Once again, a court ruling has tied the state budget and New Hampshire’s regressive tax system to the railroad tracks of reform. Last week, Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Philip Mangones ruled that the Medicaid Enhancement Tax, which the state levies on hospitals, is unconstitutional. His ruling echoed a similar one made earlier by another superior court judge. If the rulings stand, as they should, they will … 8

State needs work-ready graduates

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Business and Industry Association (BIA), in its Strategic Economic Plan for New Hampshire, recently identified the critical need of providing businesses with access to a trained labor force, and the inclusion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education “within all learning institutions” to help solve this issue. A growing percentage of New Hampshire’s workforce is approaching retirement age and companies are … 1

Editorial: Another path toward inmate rehabilitation

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley called the possible repeal of the death penalty a “vote of conscience.” A more exact phrase is difficult to imagine. It is harder still to imagine conscience being absent in the consideration of any aspect of the criminal justice system, especially the rehabilitation of the men and women whom society at large prefers to be out … 1

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Editorial: SB 2 system is subject to mischief

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SB 2 – the system of direct ballot voting on warrant articles as amended at a prior deliberative session – may not be the worst form of democracy ever devised, but it is a bad system subject to mischief. Communities that are still small enough to make holding … 0

Editorial: A third run for Romney?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A couple weeks back, the Monitor asked a bunch of political analysts for their extra-early take on the potential Republican candidates for the 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary. Not included in the newspaper’s list: Mitt Romney. After all, … 1

Editorial: N.H. must play a role in countering heroin epidemic

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Last summer, on the way somewhere else, we drove through Bennington, Vt. On a dozen earlier trips through this historic and picturesque town, we had thought about stopping at the Old First Church. This time we did. We were in luck. Two longtime church members were inside to … 3

Editorial: Another Obamacare delay

Sunday, March 9, 2014

First, President Obama told Americans that if they liked their existing health insurance plans, they could keep them. Then he acknowledged that he had, shall we say, over-promised. After a public furor, the president extended the deadline for holding onto policies that did not comply with the Affordable … 8

Editorial: In Concord, unlike Washington, politicians can still get things done

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Last fall, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan left the confines of the corner office to rally supporters of expanding the state’s Medicaid program out in the districts of three Republican senators she hoped to bring on board. Her activism was aggressive – heartening to her supporters and startling to … 1

Editorial: In District 1 race, Cryans is best

Friday, March 7, 2014

The long list of Republicans, including some of the late Executive Councilor Ray Burton’s siblings, who want Littleton native Mike Cryans to take Burton’s seat speaks volumes. Cryans, after all, is a Democrat. If elected, he would become the first member of his party in memory to represent … 0

Editorial: Skimping on inmate programs costs the state

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Year in and year out, New Hampshire lawmakers waste vast sums of money while simultaneously putting their constituents needlessly at risk of becoming crime victims. How? By refusing to give the state Department of Corrections the money it needs to reduce crime by reforming the criminal. As a … 0

Editorial: SB 2, property tax system turn Allenstown kids into victims

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Children, parents and taxpayers in the Allenstown School District once again find themselves victims of two of New Hampshire’s most terrible traditions: SB 2 voting and the state’s long over-reliance on local property taxes. SB 2 voting allows residents at poorly attended deliberative sessions to make mischief that … 18

Editorial: Could the Tea Party return in 2014? You bet.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A too cerebral president vacillates in midterm, his can-do campaign rhetoric long forgotten. New Hampshire voters react by penciling in the box next to any name accompanied by an R. The next thing you know, a Tea Party legislature is cutting money for higher education in half, endorsing … 15

Editorial: County Republicans should support Medicaid plan

Sunday, March 2, 2014

At a meeting this evening, the Merrimack County Republican Committee will consider a resolution to oppose the Medicaid expansion plan pending at the State House. The discussion will follow anti-Medicaid votes by local GOP organizations in Manchester, Epping, Webster-Warner, Plaistow, Bedford and Merrimack and in Strafford and Rockingham … 2