Budgets

Nashua’s Property Revaluation Lowers Tax Rate But Not Taxes

by Op-Ed September 15, 2018

Nashua Mayor Donchess is quick to point out that the city had to do its recent property revaluation. It’s state law. And that’s true. He was not ‘unhappy’ to report that as a result, the tax rate will go down. But that’s not good news because the dance is between the tax base and the budget. […]

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Tales from the BudComm – Another Budcomm Member’s Memories of Dealing with their School Board. It ain’t pretty

by Skip August 28, 2018

…from Steve’s ‘New Hampshire Needs an Income Tax” as it is SO true in my dealings with them and the same thing appears to be the same State wide. It’s almost, like, well, er…they’ve formed a group and they all collude together to screw the taxpayers (oh WAIT, there IS such a group!): I served […]

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About that “Free Money” From Washington…

by Steve MacDonald July 31, 2018

You’ve heard it time and again. Some state or local official promotes a project or a legisaltive initiative because there’s a federal grant available. These sorts of  “thinkers” will often implement long-term programs at great expense based on promises of “free money.” The Federal government is paying X percent of costs for Y number of years. How […]

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An Open Letter to Members of the Franklin, NH School Board

by Op-Ed July 31, 2018

By Karen Testerman Once again the taxpayers of Franklin are confronted with a request for an increase in funds. Oddly with a declining population of students, there is still a need for an increase in cost. What concerns me is that the discussion regarding budgets centers around teacher pay or the number of personnel required […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-ism and stances

by Skip July 29, 2018

OK, from my previous post, you know a bit about her political philosophy/campaign stances from this 28-year-old barista with a Boston University double major in International Relations and Economics that is now the Democrat candidate for Congress in NY-14 (Queens) Free healthcare: “Medicare for all” – a cost between $14 and $28 trillion over 10 […]

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Omnibusted!

by Ed Naile March 25, 2018

If President Donald Trump wants to re-establish his credibility when it comes to budgets, he can do one simple thing – right now. Hold a press conference and let every department head and member of Congress know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will never vote for another omnibus spending bill. That simple […]

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Tales from the BudComm (sideways) – “The enrollment is down but the needs are UP!” (especially for the union!)

by Skip March 16, 2018

That’s what I overheard a few years ago at our town’s Deliberative Session between two teachers who I later found out were union leaders.  OK, so they didn’t say that parenthetical phrase but as I have written before, the costs of our schools (all over the state) are far outstripping the growth in students.  Sure, […]

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“We’ll keep the money you already gave us – and you need to give us more

by Skip March 11, 2018

So let me see if I get this straight – you’re asking for a big hike in your budget: Budget proposal: $1,964,745, up $150,151, or about 8.3 percent, from the $1,814,594 operating budget voters approved last year. But you didn’t spend all of LAST year’s budget: Hot topics: The district is projecting a $100,000 surplus in this […]

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There Has Been a Significant Increase in Time USDA Employees Spend Watching Porn

by Steve MacDonald March 9, 2018

The US Department of Agriculture got busted using government property to “inspect” “meat” during work hours. And by ‘meat’ I mean porn. Another federal agency is embroiled in a large-scale pornography scandal and in this case, it took leadership five months to block hundreds of websites used by employees and contractors to watch porn on government […]

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Major Loophole Allows NH Schools to Ignore Their Budget Committees

by Steve MacDonald February 9, 2018

Skip Murphy joins me to discuss how a major loophole allows schools to ignore budget committee cuts to their spending.

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Major Loophole Allows NH Schools to Ignore Their Budget Committees

by Steve MacDonald February 9, 2018

Skip Murphy joins me to discuss how a major loophole allows schools to ignore budget committee cuts to their spending. Also Available on Google Play

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Tales from the BudComm – what, no QA? Part 1

by Skip December 9, 2017

QA: that would be Quality Assurance for those not in the know. In any manufacturing environment, if someone (if not EVERYone) is watching the quality of your product(s), the last person who holds or uses your product or service is your customer. While that customer really is the ultimate QA guy in the end (“do I […]

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New Hampshire, Vermont, Tax Revenue, Tax Capacity, and Values

by Steve MacDonald October 2, 2017

Art Woolf, an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont, has an interesting piece in the Burlington Free Press. Interesting, because it hints at a problem in a context most progressives typically ignore. First, as part of this research professor Woolf reports that as a percentage of total income earned New Hampshire is […]

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Heartless Maggie Hassan Has No Moral Authority on Health Care

by Steve MacDonald June 25, 2017

The Democrat junior Senator from New Hampshire, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s mini-me, is parroting the party talking points on health care as instructed. On NHPR the other day she opined on the latest iteration of the Republican Health Care fix (that is only needed because of what the Democrats did to the health insurance market with ObamaCare). […]

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“School Budgets: Getting Ahead of the Curve”

by Steve MacDonald March 31, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “School Budgets: Getting Ahead of the Curve” a school budgeting workshop April 22 hosted by the School District Governance Association of New Hampshire Featured Guest Speaker: Peter Bragdon Past President of the New Hampshire State Senate, past Executive Director of NH HealthTrust Concord, NH March 30, 2017 – Across the state, Budget […]

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We’ve Got the Cost Per Pupil for Every School District In New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald March 29, 2017

The New Hampshire Department of Education has released a document listing the cost per pupil for public school education in New Hampshire. The report provides details for each district (or SAU) in the state based on these parameters. The Cost per Pupil represents, with certain adjustments, current expenditures from all funding sources (local, state and […]

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America’s Pension Crisis part 2

by Steve MacDonald August 9, 2015

ICYMI – part two of our interview with Lawrence J. McQuillan, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute and author of CALIFORNIA DREAMING: Lessons on How to Resolve America’s Public Pension Crisis.    

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Public Education As An Act of Fraud

by Steve MacDonald June 11, 2015
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If the average Public school was a non-profit organization asking you for your money to attend to some perceived public ‘good” you’d probably refuse to give them any. You might even ask the “authorities” to investigate them for fraud after seeing their balance sheet. Why? When 70% or more of all “donations” go to staff salaries […]

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You Can Never Fully Fund Fraud

by Steve MacDonald May 14, 2015
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I am fond of pointing out that no matter how big a budget might be to Democrats it is never enough.  There is no answer to the question “how much must you tax,” how much must you take,” how much must you spend, because there is NO enough. Whatever it is, it will never be […]

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GrokTALK! – Congress Passed A Budget?

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2015
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Greg Moore asks why is it remarkable that congress passed a budget? Is it even more remarkable that what “passes” for a budget might someday be balanced?  We also talk about budget priorities, tax reform, business taxes, and more.  Listen to the entire podcast here Follow us on YouTube,USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us […]

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GrokTALK! – Congress Passed A Budget?

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2015

Greg Moore asks why is it remarkable that congress passed a budget? Is it even more remarkable that what “passes” for a budget might someday be balanced?  We also talk about budget priorities, tax reform, business taxes, and more.    

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GrokTALK! With Carly Fiorina

by Steve MacDonald April 20, 2015
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Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina joins us for a Q&A on Common Core, dealing with bureaucracies, spending and budgets, Congressional responsibility, health Care in the US, and what the GOP can do to win the Presidency. Listen to the Entire Program Here. Follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with […]

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GrokTALK! With Carly Fiorina

by Steve MacDonald April 20, 2015

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina joins us for a Q&A on Common Core, dealing with bureaucracies, spending and budgets, Congressional responsibility, health Care in the US, and what the GOP can do to win the Presidency.  

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The Hate That Is The Collective Henniker Left

by Ed Naile March 31, 2015

Once one is labeled as anti-government, which simply means you are opposed to waste and abuse of tax dollars, the lefties lock-step up and let their hair down. At first it might be disturbing to people not familiar with moonbats but soon you can see the usual pattern. Obama shoveled a dose of it to […]

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Tossing the Elderly Under the Bus

by Steve MacDonald February 4, 2015

We are reaping the “benefits” of expanding Medicaid as “unexpected” cost overruns just a few months in require $58 Million in cuts to the Health and Human Services Budget. The Democrat governor is cutting funding to nursing homes and mental health patients and the Democrat party is calling these cuts ‘Responsible.’  

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January 24th Education Update

by Steve MacDonald January 26, 2015
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In this education update Jorge Mesa-Tejada helps taxpayers grasp their school budget by explaining what it is they need to look at and how to tell what it really means. Follow along with some reading material here.     You can listen to the entire podcast here. Follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter […]

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Keep the Obama Democrats out of the New Hampshire State House.

by Steve MacDonald October 28, 2014
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As Merrimack, New Hampshire residents go to the polls this November they should understand something about the Democrat Candidates for the NH House.  Half of them were active members or leaders of OFA, Obama for America, in the last presidential election.   They didn’t just vote for Mr. Obama, they went out and sold his […]

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WaPo – DCCC Attack Ads on Ebola ‘Absurd!’

by Steve MacDonald October 16, 2014
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WaPo On many levels, this line of attack is absurd. Obama’s Republican predecessor oversaw big increases in public-health sector spending, and both Democrats and Republicans in recent years have broadly supported efforts to rein in federal spending. Sequestration resulted from a bipartisan agreement. In some years, Congress has allocated more money for NIH and CDC […]

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Republican House Gave CDC More Money Than Obama Requested

by Steve MacDonald October 14, 2014
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Atlanta Business Journal (The CDC is in Atlanta if you forgot) Jan 17th, 2014 ( That’s 9 months ago) CDC Wins Big Budget Deal The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will see an 8.2 percent budget increase for fiscal 2014, thanks to a $1.1 trillion spending bill announced by Congress Jan. 13. This influx […]

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CATO Fiscal Policy Report – Maggie Hassan Gets a ‘D’

by Steve MacDonald October 9, 2014
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On a positive note, there were 11 states whose governors ranked worse than Maggie Hassan. New Hampshire Maggie Hassan, Democrat Legislature: Divided Grade: D Took Office: January 2013 Governor Hassan’s tenure as New Hampshire governor is moving the state in the wrong fiscal direction. In 2013 she proposed a cigarette tax increase of 30 cents […]

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