Josiah Bartlett Center and Mercatus Center to Hold Briefing (fwd)
- 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
From: Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy <joshelliott@...>
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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_The Josiah Bartlett Center __for Public Policy_
Seven South State Street, Concord, New Hampshire 03224 * 603-224-4450 *
For Immediate Release Contact: Charlie
Arlinghaus (c) 491-1991
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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