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  • Jason Sorens
    An event of interest for Free Staters in NH, right after PorcFest... ... Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 13:42:16 -0400 From: Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy
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      An event of interest for Free Staters in NH, right after PorcFest...

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      Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 13:42:16 -0400
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      Subject: Josiah Bartlett Center and Mercatus Center to Hold Briefing

      Josiah Bartlett Center and Mercatus Center Hold Briefing on ���Freedom in the
      50 States��� Ranking NH Most Free State
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      For Immediate Release Contact: Charlie
      Arlinghaus (c) 491-1991



      MEDIA ADVISORY

      Josiah Bartlett Center and Mercatus Center Hold Briefing on ���Freedom in the 50
      States��� Ranking NH Most Free State

      Monday June 27, 10:00 a.m.

      Legislative Office Building Room 210



      The Josiah Bartlett Center will hold a briefing with Profs. Jason Sorens and
      William Ruger, authors of the Mercatus center study ���Freedom in the Fifty
      States��� which ranked New Hampshire as the most free state in the country on
      Monday at 10:00 in the Legislative Office Building. Center president Charlie
      Arlinghaus said ���Sorens and Ruger have created a very provocative objective
      index based on freedom. The index is thought-provoking and there���s
      definitely enough here to please and annoy both Republicans and Democrats
      but to make all of us think differently about policy.���

      The authors��� analysis of New Hampshire���s standing follows:

      New Hampshire is, by our count, the freest state in the country. Depending
      on weights, however, it really shares the slot with South Dakota. New
      Hampshire does much better on economic than personal freedom and on fiscal
      than regulatory policy. Under unified Democratic control in 2007���2008, the
      state saw a respectable increase in freedom. A smoking ban was enacted, but
      so were same-sex civil unions. Taxes, spending, and fiscal decentralization
      remain more than a standard deviation better than average, and government
      debt actually went down slightly. Gun laws are among the most liberal in the
      country, but carrying a firearm in a car requires a concealed carry permit.
      Effective retail-tax rates on wine and spirits are zero. Marijuana laws are
      middling; low level possession could be decriminalized like it is in Maine,
      while low-level cultivation could be made a misdemeanor like it is in both
      Maine and Vermont. New Hampshire is the only state in the country with no
      seatbelt law for adults. It lacks a motorcycle helmet law but does have a
      bicycle-helmet law and authorizes sobriety checkpoints. State approval is
      required to open a private school. Homeschool laws are slightly worse than
      average; standardized testing and recordkeeping requirements are stricter
      than those in most states. Eminent-domain reforms have gone far. The
      state���s liability system is one of the best, but campaign-finance
      regulations are quite strict. The drug law-enforcement rate is low and
      dropping, while arrests for other victimless crimes are high and dropping.
      Asset-forfeiture law is definitely subpar, with potential for abuse.
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