The Solution to Taxis vs. Uber is to Deregulate Taxis, not to Regulate Uber

A recent article in the very left-of-center seacoastonline.com described the attempts of a taxi company to make Uber subject to the same regulations that apply to taxi companies.

Uber is a company that created a smartphone app that connects riders to drivers.  The rider gets to see ratings of drivers that are available and pick from among the available drivers. Continue reading

Duncan v. State Did Resolve the Issue, and Not in Mr. Duncan’s Favor

The New Hampshire Supreme Court issued its decision in Duncan v. State of New Hampshire back in August of 2014, but the case has been back in the news recently because State Senator Jeb Bradley does not like that the case was decided based on standing, or more specifically the plaintiffs’ lack of standing.  I blogged about it previously here and related posts can be found here and here. Continue reading

Concord Monitor’s Weak Arguments Against Cutting Business Taxes

The Concord Monitor’s Sunday editorial was an all-out assault on two bills in the State Senate that would modestly reduce business tax rates.  I previously discussed the bills here.

The bills would reduce business profit taxes from 8.5 percent to 8.0 percent over three years, and the business enterprise tax from .725 percent to .675 percent over the same period.  According to the Concord Monitor, Continue reading

The Union Leader Wants More Claremonts

I previously posted about a constitutional amendment sponsored by State Senator Jeb Bradley that apparently is intended to do away with the standing requirement under which the New Hampshire Supreme Court dismissed the Duncan v. State of New Hampshire case challenging the constitutionality of New Hampshire’s education tax credit law:

When an individual without a personal stake in a case is allowed to have standing, a court is setting policy, not deciding an actual dispute. But setting policy is the role of popularly elected representatives, senators and governor, not tenured-to-age-70 judges. Bradley’s proposal, as described by the Concord Monitor, would convert the New Hampshire courts into essentially super-legislatures.

Today, the Union Leader came out in support of Bradley’s amendment.   Continue reading

Dear Concord Monitor, the Problem With State Pension System is the State Pension System

The Concord Monitor is out with an article titled “Chronic under-funding of state retirement system means big bill for taxpayers.

I previously discussed the New Hampshire Retirement System here, here, here and here.  It is a topic worthy of discussion because, as the Concord Monitor article notes: Continue reading

Why Does Jeb Bradley Want Turn New Hampshire Courts Into a Super-Legislature?

Lat year, the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued its decision in Duncan v. State, which involved the constitutionality of a law that allowed businesses tax credits for funding scholarships for private schools.

The trial court had found the law unconstitutional (see related post here).  The Supreme Court reversed, finding that the plaintiffs (the parties who brought the lawsuit) did not have “standing” to sue. Continue reading

A Football Coach and Quarterback Get More Scrutiny From Press Than POTUS

I would analogize deflategate to driving  70 miles per hour in a 65 miles-per-hour zone.  It’s something a lot of drivers do and it doesn’t hurt anybody.  Playing with an underinflated football in the first half the Patriots scored 17 points.  Playing with a football inflated to league specifications in the second half the Pats scored 28 points.

Yet  from the press scrutiny given to deflategate, you would think Belichick and Brady won a presidential election by promising that they would insure all of the uninsured without affecting everyone else’s health insurance (If you like your plan …) or their ability to continue seeing their doctors (If you like your doctor …), except to decrease their premiums by $2,500.00 per year, while knowing that every one of those promises was false. Continue reading

The New Hampshire Press Speaks in Democrat

Check out these tweets from the Union Leader’s Gary Rayno and from NHPR:

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And here is a headline from today’s online Union Leader:

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The phrase “budget shortfall” suggests that not enough taxes were collected to cover the spending budgeted for the Health and Human Services Department.  But tax receipts are actually ahead of what was anticipated.  So the phrase “budget shortfall” is  being used to describe HHS spending more than was budgeted. Continue reading

Democrats Talk About Minimum Wage Like it Should be a Way of Life

As advertised, President Obama’s seventh (and for those Americans fatigued of liberal memes (a recent Pew poll has global warming near the bottom of the list of American’s priorities, for example) thankfully second to last ) State of the Union Speech, was replete with red meat for his liberal base.

One predictable slice of red meat was repeating the call to raise the minimum wage: “If you truly believe you could work full time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, try it.”  The Democrats want to raise the minimum wage to $10.00 an hour, which based on a 37.5 hour work-week translates into annual income of $19,500.00.  Not much of a difference. Continue reading