The magnificent small-government activists of Grafton, New Hampshire

by Tim Condon

I have written and spoken in the past that because of the Free State Project, “New Hampshire is the luckiest state in the history of the United States.” (State Rep. Cynthia Chase—a statist transplant from statist Rhode Island—recently

The Town Seal of Grafton, NH

The Town Seal of Grafton, NH

reinforced that view with her public outburst that “Free Staters are the single biggest threat New Hampshire is facing today”; after my Grokster buddy Steve MacDonald broke the story on it went viral, resulting in priceless national publicity for the Free State Project).

The power of native New Hampshire activists joining with Freestater immigrants was demonstrated Monday night at the annual town meeting in the Free Town of Grafton where efforts to increase local spending and taxing were decisively defeated and reversed. An initial motion to reduce— instead of increase—the annual town spending budget by 20% failed by a single vote. A following motion to reduce the budget by 10% passed. Successive motions to reduce various spending warrant articles by 10% also passed. How could this happen? Easy….

The basic attitude at the town meeting was “The economy is awful, and lots of us have had to reduce our own family budgets by 10% or more…so why does town taxing and spending have to go up every year?” The message was greeted with repeated majority votes that cut proposed spending by the town. The votes were driven by people born and raised in Grafton, joined by long-time residents, joined by relative newcomers who have moved to the small town in recent years as part of the Free State Project migration. The results are a tribute to Grafton and its people: Cheers and kudos to you all!

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  • A great post to read. My town is also looking at reducing the budget. I am not a Free Stater but came here from the Peoples Republic of Kaifornia with a rabid dislike of progressives and today’s so called Demorats. Progressives are a destructive sort, bringing plague, pestilence, WMDs and turn to crap anything they touch or meddle in. Ms Chase epitomises all the worst one can find in today’s progressives and like her politics, just as attractive as 10 miles of bad road.

    • kevin777

      Agreed.. Progressives (really regressive) are a disease…. Whatever they touch they destroy…


    Yet another reason why Grafton remains a great place to hunt, fish and pursue other forms of outdoor recreation . . . and a shitty place to do just about anything else, like work, go to school, raise a family, etc, etc.

    • kevin777

      Yes. and if we just give the town more money to spend that will make the schools better, create jobs and help you raise your family better.

      • C. dog e. doG

        You forgot the pixie dust.
        – C. dog

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    Jesus! I knew that you Groksters had some subjects that got your holier-than-thou dander up and made you lash out in self-righteous anger and delete posts that crossed your “solid moral lines” . . . but I never knew one of these “lines which no one shall cross” was that “nobody can say anything negative about the “free” town of Grafton! LOL!

  • emmagee

    Speaking of transplants, Al Baldasaro has been here exactly as long as Cynthia Chase. No problem there, though, right boys?

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