Earlier this year, New Hampshire was cited as the wealthiest standalone state in the developed world. Think about that for a second... New Hampshire beat countries like Luxembourg, Norway, and Switzerland. The great Granite State is the little state that can.
Today, the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence announced that former FSP president, Carla Gericke, has joined this 501c3 educational nonprofit organization as its new president. Says Gericke:
From today's Union Leader:
"NEW HAMPSHIRE is looking for several thousand individuals to relocate to a great state, pay no sales or income tax, and enjoy good schools and a safe environment, all within an hour or two from beaches, lakes, mountains and cities.
Sporting a low 2.6 percent unemployment rate, employers across the Granite State are clamoring for you, out-of-staters, to come to New Hampshire and stay, work and play here. Once you do, you won’t want to leave. These high quality jobs come from a diverse base of organizations. Use your soft skills, love of technology, interest in advanced manufacturing, or many other areas as you consider joining our New Hampshire team. As an added benefit, you could meet the next President of the United States during our rousing political season. Contact a Granite State company now!"
Yesterday, FSP founder Jason Sorens and former FSP president Carla Gericke chatted to NHPR about the Free State Project. They were joined by Drew Cline, communications consultant in Bedford and the former editorial page editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader, and Dan Eaton, 13-term Democratic Representative from Stoddard.
"Recently, this movement announced success in its plan to encourage twenty-thousand libertarian-minded people from around the country to move to New Hampshire. And already, Free Staters have had an influence on Granite State politics, although it's not always been welcome. We'll check in on this project and its impact."
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"Dyn, a thriving Millyard technology company, expects to add hundreds of jobs in New Hampshire over the next five years after it received $50 million in funding."
The American Conservative takes an in-depth look at the Free State Project with this thoughtful and enlightening discussion between Rod Dreher and FSP founder Jason Sorens.
"Sorens and other Free State activists chose New Hampshire as the site of their experiment, attracted by the state’s small population and tradition of flinty New England individualism. Some Free Staters didn’t wait for the group to cross the 20,000 threshold: they pulled up stakes and moved straight to the granite hills. Sorens was among them—two years ago, he took a position as a lecturer at Dartmouth College in Hanover.
In February, the Free State Project finally reached its target number of pledges. 'It’s resonating with people who are really looking for solutions,' Carla Gericke, the group’s [then] president, told the Associated Press on the occasion. 'A lot of people like to sit around and complain, and what this really is, is activist-driven. These are people who have goals and want to see them achieved.'”
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:
Purchased Airvoice SIM card for $0.99 including shipping from eBay here.
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.
Early mover Joel Valenzuela writes about New Hampshire's "Organic Bitcoin Farm Paradise."
"New Hampshire, home to 4,150 farms comprised of 471,911 acres of farmland, is a prime destination for local, organic farm products. The state is also home to one of the most robust Bitcoin communities in the world, and as a result you can buy all your organic groceries with cryptocurrency."
Read more at the Coin Telegraph.
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.
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."