Free State Project participants undeniably made a major difference in the most important election of the year in New Hampshire. The mayor of New Hampshire’s largest city was just reelected by only 64 votes. Without help from the Free State Project participant created www.LibertyBallot.com, the mayor would have lost. LibertyBallot.com used Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other get out the vote efforts to promote the mayor’s campaign to hundreds of liberty-minded Manchester voters.
The end result is that every home owner in Manchester, New Hampshire will save several hundred dollars over the next few years in property taxes compared with the alternative. The 2016 property tax rate for Manchester was recently released. With the property tax rate cut, many New Hampshire home owners will even enjoy lower property tax bills next year.
Linda Horan and her family have a lot to give thanks for this Thanksgiving. Linda just defeated Governor Maggie Hassan and her so-called Department of Health and Human Services in court. Linda sued the state of New Hampshire, saying that the state was wrong to prevent her from purchasing the pain medicine she had a legal and moral right to purchase.
In order to force Linda to suffer as much as possible, Governor Hassan’s administration waited until the final day to act on the case. The New Hampshire judge wasn’t having any of it! The Merrimack County Superior Court judge ruled this week that the New Hampshire Governor’s administration must follow the law and issue Linda a medical marijuana card.
Governor Hassan and her cronies refused to comment on the order to follow New Hampshire law. However, Democrat State Representatives in New Hampshire and Maine praised the Merrimack County Superior Court defeat of Governor Hassan. New Hampshire Democrat Representative Renny Cushing said, “It’s outrageous that at this point in time, 28 months after the Legislature passed a medical marijuana law, that not a single card has been issued.” Maine Democrat Representative Diane Russell offered to let Linda live with her in Maine.
That’s right. Our state of New Hampshire has the third lowest not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the nation. New Hampshire has the lowest rate in the East. Also, the lowest rate in the Northeast. We also have the lowest rate in New England. Looking for a job? Go to New Hampshire young man.
BTW, the only other state in the Eastern United States with a very low unemployment rate is border state Vermont.
At 3.0%, Sullivan County has the lowest unemployment rate of any county in NH. The rate in Grafton County is 3.1%. Merrimack County and Belknap County follow at 3.2%. The rate is 3.3% in Strafford County.
Unemployment Rate in Selected Towns:
New Hampshire’s unemployment rate is now 3.9%. That’s well below the 5.5% national rate! For the second month in a row, New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the Eastern United States. Stand out cities include Lebanon at 2.9%, Portsmouth at 3.3%, and Dover at 3.5%. Neighbor state Vermont has the second lowest unemployment rate in the East. North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. Mississippi, Nevada, and the District of Columbia have the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Employment is up and unemployment is down in the Granite State. In fact, employers are complaining that there aren’t enough people looking for work in New Hampshire. Are you a liberty activist looking for work? Help New Hampshire employers by helping yourself.
The job fair, organized by New Hampshire Employment Security, attracted fewer than half the people in the first hour than a similar one held there last June. Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis said Tuesday’s venue was changed only last Friday and that job fairs around the state are seeing fewer job seekers. “Lower unemployment,” he said. “People have found work.” – See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150311/NEWS02/150319849
Looking for a job in New Hampshire? There are lots of helpful resources linked to in the Free State Project Forum. Check out the upcoming New Hampshire job fairs. If you are on Facebook, consider joining the FSP Job Alert page, for job listings and general support from the Porcupine community. Happy hunting!
On February 18th New Hampshire Rep. Hoell’s HB 407 and Montana Rep. Schwaderer’s HB 330 advanced, both passing state legislative chambers as amended. HB 407 is a repeat of Rep. Hoell’s bill from last session, HB 1307. HB 1307 failed in the NH House last year. However, the bill made national news, leading to the creation of Rep. Shwaderer’s bill, a similar bill in Tennessee, and a much more narrow federal bill.
The idea of police militarization reform legislation was inspired by the coalition of liberal activists and Free Staters that attempted to convince the Keene and Concord, New Hampshire city councils to vote against acquiring Department of Homeland Security BEARCATs. Despite Rep. Hoell neither being a liberal nor a Free Stater, he decided to lead the national legislative effort to bring about reform. The tragedies of Ferguson, Missouri further intensified the issue. Unfortunately, opposition to BEARCATs didn’t pick up much steam outside of NH and the University of Berkeley. Instead, critics were mostly concerned about a different federal program that distributed much larger military vehicles called MRAPs to local governments.
Rep. Hoell’s HB 407 was recommended Inexpedient to Legislate by the Municipal and County Government Committee. The NH House overturned the Committee recommendation 204 to 134. Committee member Rep. Ammon proposed to amend the bill so that it would create a committee to study police militarization reform. The amendment passed with the help of Rep. Hoell, Rep. Simmons, and the chair of the Committee, Rep. Belanger. The bill was sent to the NH Senate.
Rep. Shwaderer’s HB 330 originally called for reining in on the militarization of police in Montana, including MRAPs. On February 16th, the Judiciary Committee amended and passed the bill. The amendment weakened the bill, dropping opposition to MRAPs (remember, the bill never included opposition to BEARCATs). On February 18th, the MT House voted 88 to 12 to pass the bill. The bill was sent to the Appropriations Committee.