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11:53 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Free State Project Wants To Reach 20K Goal Sooner Than Later

A man sets up the Free State Project booth at the 2013 Liberty Forum in Nashua in February.
A man sets up the Free State Project booth at the 2013 Liberty Forum in Nashua in February.
Credit Michael Brindley / NHPR

Ten years after the Granite State was chosen as the home of the Free State Project, organizers want to speed up the process of getting people to move here.

The Free State Project launched in 2003, with a mission of getting 20,000 pro-liberty people to move to New Hampshire.

The project’s president Carla Gericke says nearly fourteen thousand have committed to moving here, but only roughly eleven hundred have actually done so.

Appearing on NHPR’s The Exchange, she said she wants to get that process moving.

“If we stay on the current trajectory, without pushing further, we will trigger the move in 2018. I’m just impatient, so I say let’s do it a little quicker.”

Organizers say the state was picked in part of because of its low tax burden and a large House of Representatives that provides easy access to politics.

The project has been criticized by some for wanting to change the political landscape of the state, but Gericke says that’s not the case.

“The organization itself, our only mission, our charter, is to get people to sign and move here. Once you’re here, you do what you’re interested in.”

Those moving here are expected to agree with the political philosophies outlined in the group’s statement of intent.