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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: New Hampshire’s newest revenue scheme: sue the unpopular!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

New Hampshire is getting really good at the shakedown. Last week, a Merrimack County Superior Court jury found Exxon Mobil liable for contaminated well water with the gasoline additive MTBE and awarded the state $236 million, easily the largest jury verdict in New Hampshire history. Methyl tertiary-butyl ether …

Grant Bosse: A long history of state budget gimmickry

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Back in 2003, Doug Hall from the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies concluded a wide-ranging overview of the state budget with a list of ways to balance the budget, some real and some not so real. In outlining the various budget tricks that could be used …

Grant Bosse: Legislature shouldn’t pick sides in fight between auto dealers, makers

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ever since Henry Ford decided to distribute the Model T through a chain of independent dealers instead of selling it directly to his customers, car dealers have been fighting the factory. And they’ve grown increasingly effective in getting state governments to fight that battle for them. Like every …

Grant Bosse: Obsession with the Koch brothers clouds the left

Sunday, March 17, 2013

If you want to drive liberal activists nuts, mention the Koch brothers. If you want to really make their heads explode, say something nice about the Kochs. David and Charles Koch own Koch Industries, the second largest privately-held company in the United States after Cargill, according to Forbes. …

Grant Bosse: Who are you calling paranoid?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Richard Hofstadter began his 1964 essay, The Paranoid Style in American Politics, “American politics have often been an arena for angry minds.” Hofstadter erred in attributing this to Barry Goldwater, missing as most people did the nascent strain of American conservatism in Goldwater’s campaign. But he did acknowledge …

Grant Bosse: Legislature needs to watch out for budget gimmicks

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The New Hampshire House Finance Committee begins its work on the state’s two-year budget this week, and the governor has already made lawmakers’ job a lot harder. Her budget recommendations are incomplete, violate New Hampshire law and use a variety of gimmicks to hide increased spending. The first …

Grant Bosse: Fourth-graders are running the State House

Sunday, February 24, 2013

George Carlin had a bit in one of his standup specials on what states put on their license plates, which run the gamut from Idaho’s “Famous Potatoes” to New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die.” Carlin suspected that somewhere between the two the truth lies, probably a little closer …

Grant Bosse: Legislative ethics going down a slippery slope

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Some New Hampshire lawmakers would like their free skiing back. For years, state-owned Cannon Mountain Ski Area gave away free passes for all New Hampshire House and Senate members. Two years, the Legislative Ethics Committee put a stop …

Grant Bosse: Time to rein in the attorney general

Sunday, February 3, 2013

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney’s term is up next month, and the Legislature should take advantage of the transition to rein in an office that has gotten a little out of control. According to the National Association …

Grant Bosse: Hassan campaigns on consensus, governs on her own

Monday, January 28, 2013

One day, a farmer falls into his well and can’t climb out. He’s down there for hours before an economist walks by and hears the farmer screaming. “Help me! Help me climb out of this well,” pleads the farmer. “That’s easy enough,” answers the economist. “First, assume a …

Raising gas tax would be less expensive than commuter rail

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Back in the Golden Age of Rail, railroads used to run things in New Hampshire politics. The votes may have taken place at the State House, but the real business of government was done across the street at …

Grant Bosse: Gov. Hassan likely to be more active than Lynch

Monday, January 14, 2013

Former governor John Lynch’s favorite part of the job was giving tours to elementary school students. It showed in his performance. He was so averse to engaging in the legislative process that he seemed disinterested in the non-ceremonial …