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Ron Paul Endorses the FSP

"I am a friend of the Free State Project. Absolutely! Check it out, find out, and if you like it, join, and continue the effort."

Congressman Ron Paul is a former candidate for the Republican Party nomination for President 2012.

The 603: A Tip for Your Job Search

When I discovered the entire New Hampshire was covered by one area code, I was strangely delighted. Coming from big cities where the city itself might have a few different codes, this seemed so old-timey, and quaint. But, 603 pride is a New Hampsha thing! (Check out the video, if you don't believe me.)

If you have started your job search in anticipation of your upcoming move, make sure to get a local "603" area code phone number. It will help with the job search!

An FSP participant was kind enough to share her tips for getting that sweet, sweet six-oh-three as part of your journey to be more free:

"How I just got a 603 area code phone number from Indiana for $11 without leaving home:

  1. Purchased Airvoice SIM card for $0.99 including shipping from eBay here.

NH's Low Joblessness: Magnet for Movers?

What are you waiting for? If you have skills, you will find a job in New Hampshire! So says The Boston Globe in this article about New Hampshire's low unemployment rate.

New Hampshire has long boasted some enviable economic statistics: low poverty and crime rates, high median income. And lately, there’s been an especially eye-popping number: an unemployment rate that has dropped to 2.6 percent, the lowest in the country after South Dakota (2.5 percent).

However, not everyone in New Hampshire is cheering the news, least of all employers who are struggling to fill hundreds of vacancies and experts who are concerned the low unemployment number represents a major crimp on economic growth. As impressive as it might appear, the state’s low unemployment rate does not reflect a surge in hiring so much as it does the fact that employers are having to draw on a shrinking pool of skilled workers.

One Year in New Hampshire!

My wife and I have now resided in the Granite State for 1 year and here are some thoughts:

The move has not disappointed. We relocated from Connecticut, a tax-happy gun-hating stinkhole. There is a noticeable difference, perhaps primarily for those of us who came from such states, in the reach of the taxman here. Sales tax may seem negligible, but it had been a constant factor in my life, and in CT, I had to live through multiple increases and the looming threat of more. I work in MA, so I am still paying state income tax, but I salivate at the prospect of having that washed away at some point down the road (not now thought because I have a great job). Just knowing that is a future possibility makes me happy to live here.

SoapBox Idol Returns to PorcFest XIII

SoapBox Idol will be returning to Roger’s Campground at PorcFest XIII! Conceived in 2009 with the goal to give voice to the community, I had no idea how popular or crazy things would get!

The idea was simple: PorcFest attendees seemed like the type of folks who might be harboring an opinion, frustration, or passion or two (or ten!). I wanted to provide an opportunity to “tell us how you really feel.”

The rules were basic: You had 3 minutes and if you ran over your time, you got shot by a water pistol, and a point was taken off from your score. I lined up judges: Angela Keaton (Antiwar.com), Chris Lawless (Ron Paul’s Friggin’ Giant and Liberty Forum lead organizer) and Gardner Goldsmith (writer and radio host). I was the Vanna White of the night.

Courcruxes: When Everything is Open to Interpretation

FSP early mover Ian Underwood writes a thought-provoking and compelling piece on Granite Grok today about the role of courts in New Hampshire. He starts with the following thought experiment:

"Suppose you buy a car made by General Motors. And there is a problem with the car — the brakes aren’t designed properly, and you’re severely injured in a car crash. So you want to sue GM.

And suppose you’re required to do that in a court that is owned and operated by GM. In particular, the judge and the other officers of the court are employees of GM.

You go to the judge to voice your concern about this. And he tells you: Oh, there’s no conflict of interest, because the court is a separate part of the company.

It’s laughable, right? Because it violates what we might call ‘the first rule of justice’, nemo judex in sua causa: No one can be judge and party in his own case."

Read more on Granite Grok.

Manchester: The Queen's City

The first time I visited Manchester, the largest city in New Hampshire (pop. 110,000), was back in 2006 when hubby and I came up from NYC to attend our first PorcFest, which you should do too!

It was a Sunday, it was dreary out, and Elm Street, the main downtown drag, was depressing as all get-out with boarded up buildings and “Going Out of Business” signs. I hated it. I actually teared up, saying to Louis, “Please don’t ask me to live here.”

At the time, I was still ambivalent about the whole “Move to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project and work towards ‘Liberty in Our Lifetime’” thing--how life has changed!--and Manchester was not doing Louis’s pitch any favors.

Fast forward a decade: 10 PorcFests, 20,000 signers, and one Trigger the Move later, and I’m happy to report: I love it here! Manchester's economy has improved and downtown is now vibrant, sporting restaurants and shops like Dancing Lion Chocolates that even take bitcoin!

Early Mover's Top 6 Tips for Moving to New Hampshire

This video guide by early mover Dr. Tarrin Lupo (chiropractor) is designed to help you relocate to New Hampshire. Dr. Lupo discusses how he saved $1,000 on his moving truck, and other useful information you need to know before you move.

Before you move, please email "moved@freestateproject.org" to let us know. Thanks!

Check out the calendar of local events here.

To find out more about the PorcBuddy Program and the Welcome Wagon click here.

To get more tips on movers, check out the independent FSP Movers site click here.

To come meet the community, join us at PorcFest in June. Get your tixs soon!

To buy your own hand wood burned Porcupine mandala featured in the video click here.

To find Route 101 Gifts click here.

FSP Board Minutes - April 17, 2016

FSP Board Meeting
Time/Date: 3:00p Sunday, April 17, 2016
Attending: Carla, Jason, Jody, Matt, Rich (tele), Séamas

Meeting called to order at: 3:09pm

Agenda

  1. Choose meeting chair
  2. Treasurer’s Report
  3. President’s Report
    1. Carla
    2. Matt
    3. PorcFest
  4. Board
    1. Aaron resigned
    2. New Board members
    3. Elect new board Chair
  5. New Business
    1. Amend Bylaws to clarify emergency meeting protocol
    2. What is the mission of the FSP?
    3. Future of Liberty Forum and PorcFest
    4. FTL/Ian Freeman

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