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Grant Bosse
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Grant Bosse: Thankful to be living in the future

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I don’t think I would have done well in 1621. I haven’t been hiking or camping in years. My shooting skills are limited to paper silhouettes. And the only fires I’ve lit recently have been in a barbecue grill or a wood pellet stove. I don’t even want to think about going through the day without hot and cold running …

Grant Bosse: Voters confirm just how smart we all are

Sunday, November 10, 2013

On the eve of every election, I make the same prediction. No matter who wins, the overwhelming majority of political pundits will claim that the results prove that they were right all along. As we examine the results from Tuesday’s races across the country, pundits will no doubt tell us what it all means for 2014 and 2016. As you consider their advice, …

Grant Bosse: A preview of the Legislature’s not-so-special session

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The New Hampshire House and Senate will convene Thursday in special session, for no apparent reason. Of course, I know that the purpose of the special session is to address the thorny question of whether to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income adults without children. But I can’t find any reason why a special session was necessary. The House and Senate didn’t need a …

Grant Bosse: Council puts brakes on high-paid consultant

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Attention job seekers: The New Hampshire Department of Education is hiring. It is so desperate for good help that it’s giving out six-figure contracts for part-time work. The Executive Council last week puts the brakes on a proposed consulting contract to hire Karen Soule at $75 an hour …

Grant Bosse: Bargaining tilted toward unions

Sunday, July 7, 2013

New Hampshire’s public sectors unions have tilted the bargaining table toward themselves, and who could blame them for wanting it that way? The union representing the bulk of state employees has rejected a contract that would have given workers a 6.4 percent raise over the next 18 months, …

Grant Bosse: The 50 biggest winners at the Supreme Court

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court all agreed on one thing this week: states matter. In a pair of high-profile cases, the court’s liberal and conservative wings each joined with swing voter Anthony Kennedy to reach …

Grant Bosse: Real free markets are not the government’s business

Sunday, June 23, 2013

To paraphrase Fezzik from The Princess Bride, politicians keep using the phrase “free market.” I don’t think it means what they think it means. All too often, when a politician invokes the virtues of free market capitalism, it’s …

Grant Bosse: Public Utilities Commission is power mad

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The intelligent and hard-working members and staff at the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission are working hard to lower your electric rate. They’re from the government, and they’re here to help. The PUC and the New Hampshire Legislature have been trying to reduce New Hampshire’s shockingly high utility …

Grant Bosse: A field guide to conference committees

Sunday, June 9, 2013

If you don’t want to know how the sausage is made, skip over to Katy Burns’s column. The next two weeks are going to be messy at the State House. The House and Senate are forming committees of conference to hammer out differences between bills passed by both …

Grant Bosse: Hassan’s budget complaints are overheated

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Gov. Maggie Hassan had some harsh words for the budget approved by the Senate Finance Committee: “While the Senate Finance Committee has begun to recognize in its revenue estimates New Hampshire’s strengthening economy and has made some progress on restoring priorities, they have unfortunately chosen the fiscally irresponsible …

Grant Bosse: UNH's options for a revamped logo are terrible

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The University of New Hampshire has hired New York design firm Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv to design a new logo. The silhouette of Thompson Hall that has symbolized UNH for the past decade was too Durham-centric for …

Grant Bosse: The left abandons the First Amendment

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The left’s simmering disdain for free speech went public last week. The Obama administration’s abuse of power finally turned much of the left-leaning press corps against this increasingly Nixonian White House. The final straw was the revelation that the Justice Department secretly seized two months of phone records …

Grant Bosse: New Hampshire politics in the age of professional outrage

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Much like the amplifiers used by Spinal Tap, political discourse in New Hampshire this year has been turned up to 11. And just as an over-modulated sound system will distort your music, it’s been pretty hard to hear …

Grant Bosse: Internet sales tax protects Amazon from the next Amazon

Sunday, April 28, 2013

After 15 years trying to take a bite out of the internet, state tax collectors took a huge step closer this week. The U.S. Senate voted to advance legislation allowing states to force online retailers to collect sales taxes for them. The 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision Quill …

Grant Bosse: The Senate sticks to its guns

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Contrary to what you may have heard from CNN, the president, or other unreliable sources, this is how the U.S. Senate is supposed to work. Senators debated legislation, considered competing amendments and voted. The process isn’t broken just because you didn’t like the result. That hasn’t stopped gun …