Great state

Last modified: 10/11/2010 12:00:00 AM
New Hampshire has the fourth lowest unemployment rate at 5.7 percent - lower than 5.8 percent in January 2008, and down from 7.7 percent in February 2010. This may have something to do with our wide array of business activity including manufacturing, financial services, and green energy initiatives.

Perhaps our high rate of employment is related to our high rate of education? According to the U.S. Census, 32.5 percent of New Hampshire citizens have obtained a bachelor degree or higher - ninth in the country.

According to the Tax Foundation, New Hampshire has the 5th lowest overall tax burden as a percentage of state income at 7.6 percent. Perhaps this is because our state politicians are not career politicians, due to a small stipend rather than a living salary. Perhaps this is because the majority of the state's income is tied to one tax, rather than imposing income or sales taxes.

In New Hampshire, we live and let live. We live in the first state to provide marriage equality without a court order and did so while protecting religious institutions.

Additionally, New Hampshire boasts beautiful scenery with the changing of the leaves - especially in our state parks and mountain regions.

Please remember when voting for your local representatives that New Hampshire is outperforming most other states. Low unemployment, low taxes, equal rights, high levels of education and beautiful scenery: What a great time to live in New Hampshire.

AARON GILL

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