Author Molly Michelmore explores what she calls the fundamental paradox of American Politics: We’re hostile toward taxes, but we also demand the privileges government offers from social security to local police protection. Michelmore examines the history of this conundrum and finds these attitudes consistent from FDR’s New Deal to the Reagan Revolution.
A recent report predicts slow growth in the new year for New Hampshire and New England. And, while the Granite State still ranks well on such measures as taxes and personal income, there are some longer-term challenges that may threaten the so-called New Hampshire Advantage. We’ll get the economic outlook for our state and our region.
Our issue of the week series concludes with economic policy. No matter who wins office both nationally and in New Hampshire, they’ll face enormous budget challenges from the so-called “fiscal cliff” in Washington to tax and spending decisions in the Granite State. And these actions will affect the broader economy. We’ll look at the candidates’ positions.
Are you better off now than you were four years ago? StateImpact New Hampshire looks at key economic indicators to understand how Granite Staters are doing. And it's not the same for everyone. If you're a business consultant, construction worker, nurse or public servant -- come see how you fit into the puzzle, and share your thoughts -- at StateImpact New Hampshire.
Mixed news has recently come from the top part of our state. The long awaited prison in Berlin is now open, and the popular ATV park is expanding, but unemployment there is higher than the state average and in recent months has gone up. We’ll look at the economic hopes and challenges for the North Country.
Charlie Jordan - editor of The Colebrook Chronicle
Edith Tucker - reporter for The Coos County Democrat and The Berlin Reporter
We look at a new study that suggests that those factors that have made New Hampshire the economic envy of the region, like its low tax burden, higher income levels and steady influx of well educated people may be waning. And the one time New Hampshire advantage may be a thing of the past. We'll look at the study and see how bad it may be.
When we talk about challenges to the New Hampshire economy, we typically place them in context – yes, there are challenges, but on the whole we’re in a pretty good place. After all, we have one of the nation’s highest median incomes and one of its most educated workforces, the foundations for economic success.
Mitt Romney and President Obama frequently remind us, jobs and the economy are the issues of the 2012 presidential race. The loss of an estimated 3 million manufacturing since 2000 has carved a deep hole in the American economy. Many manufacturing jobs have gone overseas, taking a toll on the middle class wages that once anchored the American economy.
We kick off our “Issue of the Week” series with where the candidates stand on job creation. It’s the number one talking point of this political season, with contenders for Governor, Congress and President offering up an array of solutions for getting Americans back to work. We’ll compare their different plans, what the campaigns are saying and how it’s playing with voters.
Ross Gittell - New England Economic Project Forecast Manager and Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire.
New Hampshire has the lowest child poverty rate in the country. That’s according to new numbers released by the Census Bureau.
In the United States, the poverty line works out to less than $23,000 a year for a family of four—that means two parents and two children. And fewer than one out of eight New Hampshire kids are living below that line. That’s good news. But Carsey Institute researcher Jessica Bean says the same family of four with even twice that income—close to $46,000—is still struggling.
Democratic candidate Anne McLane Kuster challenges republican incumbent Charles Bass in a forum on business and economy.
Much of the debate between congressional candidates Charlie Bass and Ann McLane Kuster could have taken place between candidates in just about any district in the country. The forum, organized by the BIA and NHPR, centered almost exclusively on the national economy. And most of the time, the congressional candidates stuck to broad party-line talking points.
Take Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster’s point on taxes and deficit reduction.
More than three years after the recession was officially called “over”,the U.S. is still seeing sluggish growth in housing, business investment, and most importantly, employment. We’ll ask why the economy seems so hesitant to take off including how much global woes and domestic political uncertainty are playing a role.