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"Vermont and New Hampshire are similar in a lot of ways — they’re both small, heavily rural New England states that root for the Red Sox. But when it comes to taxes, they could hardly be more different. Vermont is one of the nation’s highest-tax states on a per capita basis; New Hampshire is the lowest."
Read more about where states get their money in this report from FiveThirtyEight
Brian Chen, a Dartmouth College student attended Liberty Forum in March, 2015. Here is his article about his first impressions about NH's largest liberty conference, and the Free State Project.
From the article: "There is the trope that libertarians are selfish and do not care about the poor, but my experience at Liberty Forum simply demolishes this supposition. The general character of conference attendees struck me; they were all unfailingly friendly, generous, and kind. People reached out to me not just to say hello, but to actually get to know me. Free Staters worked to help those struggling to find firm footing in the state, helping them find housing and work. The project is a real community, where participants supported each other. Traditionally, community-based forms of insurance and support have been used instead of government welfare programs, and my experience at Liberty Forum has reaffirmed my belief in a voluntary safety net that relies on real compassion and a more virtuous people will be superior to any state program."
Bill Walker, an FSP early mover and member of the Sullivan County Republican Committee, writes in The Citizen about global school choice options, and what is happening in the town of Croydon, NH.
From the article: "Parental choice is the future of education. Whether through online programs, private schools, or public school choice, every parent should be able to choose their child’s school. Our country was made strong by our diversity, not by conformity. Choice will rebuild our diversity, and the 21st century will see our diverse children reach out into the stars."
Photo credit: Patriotpost.us.
Shire Liberty News, your source for in-depth activism news and information about what is happening in the Free State, covered Friday's "The Militarization of Police" panel discussion at the University of New Hampshire. Read more...
Photo credit: Tom V, from left to right: Carla Gericke (FSP President), Perry Plummer (Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for New Hampshire), Anthony F. Colarusso Jr. (Dover Chief of Police) and JR Hoell (NH State Representative).
Looking for a great place to raise your family? New Hampshire ranks #1 for girls' health and well-being, according to a new report by the Girl Scouts Research Institute. Boys fare well in New Hampshire too, because New Hampshire fares well in quality of living generally, another #1 ranking, in fact!
From the Quality of Living Report:
The Upper Valley of New Hampshire is a unique and beautiful place. Home to Dartmouth College in Hanover, quaint towns like Lebanon, and world class historic sites like Saint Gaudens estate and sculpture park, another unique feature is that state borders bend a little up that way. New Hampshire and Vermont share school districts across the Connecticut River. When I used to work at the NH Writers' Project, we hosted our NH Literary Festival in White River Junction, VT, named one of the "coolest small towns," with lots of artistic flair, and a great clothing store called Revolution.
Ross Ulbricht's mother, Lyn Ulbricht spoke at the Free State Project's 8th annual Liberty Forum, held March 5-8, 2015, in Manchester, NH.
The Free State Project gets a mention in this Nasdaq article about Bitcoin adoption. The article also quotes early movers, NH representative Eric Schleien, sponsor of the NH bill who "considers Bitcoin payments more secure than credit card payments," and Joel Valenzuela, blogger at The Desert Lynx.
From the article: "At least two states, New Hampshire and Utah, have bills under consideration that would make it possible for citizens to pay taxes and fees in Bitcoin. New York City has proposed similar legislation. The reason? At least a few elected officials recognize the potential of Bitcoin to help government and citizens alike."
According to a recent study by WalletHub, Money reports that New Hampshire is the most financially literate state. From Money: "New Hampshire pushes its way to the top by having the lowest high school dropout rate, the second lowest non-bank borrowing rate, and the fourth lowest number of unbanked households in the country." Read more...
Photo credit: Alamy as appeared on Money
The Concord Monitor covers the Free State Project and discusses some of the projects early movers are working on. "It’s New Hampshire in 2035, as projected by a unique political migration of libertarians intent on creating a state of unbridled liberty. Called the Free State Project, the movement’s founder, Jason Sorens, predicted at a forum this month that a small but dedicated group can punch above its weight in enacting freedom-focused changes and bringing about a destination for businesses and self-sovereignty." Read more...
Photo credit: Geoff Forester/Monitor staff
Early mover Bill Walker weighs in on school choice in New Hampshire in today's Nashua Telegraph. "Education isn’t a left vs. right issue. It’s a choice vs. no-choice issue." Read more...
Bill Walker is a member of the Sullivan County Republican Committee. He thanks his mother, a public school teacher, for the sacrifices she made to send him to private school at her own expense.
At the Free State Project's 8th Annual Liberty Forum conference, a unique discussion took place when editor in chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, Nick Gillespie, sat down to chat to keynote speaker, Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock, in this intimate and fascinating interview.
This post originally appeared at e3ne.org.
All wealth comes from production and exchange: making and trading goods and services. The two are closely related: the more you trade, the more you’re able to produce. How does that work? Through the magic of specialization.
When you trade, you’re able to specialize in your comparative advantage, that is, what you can do relatively cheaply compared to everyone else. If you didn’t trade, you’d have to make everything yourself: clothes, food, shelter, transportation, health care, etc. You’d be very, very poor. By trading with other people, you can focus on doing one narrow thing really, really well, earning money, and trading that money away for other goods and services that other people focus on doing really, really well.
If you see a faded sign by the side of the road that says '15 Miles' to the... Sugar shack... stop, and enjoy! This weekend heralds the 20th Annual Maple Weekend. Join the fun at a local New Hampshire sugar house. Visit sugar makers to learn more about the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring. Meet your neighbors, and get some sweet tree gold while you are there. Insider tip: For the best maple syrup, go for dark... it's more flavorful and sticky-finger-licking good!
Photo credit: NH Maple Producers
MANCHESTER - Over the last year, Community Market Days (CMDs) have sprung up in Manchester. I attended one in January and left with a ridiculous quantity of food: several pounds of humanely-raised ham, bacon, two varieties of sausage, and pork chops from Bardo Farm; two dozen eggs; baked goods; and grassfed ground beef ordered wholesale.
I spoke with five members of the Shire Co-op to learn more about this unique organization. I spoke with Jessica Love, who moved to Manchester from Florida three years ago as part of the Free State Project; Constance Spencer, another Free Stater who moved from Alaska with her family less than a year ago, now also in Manchester; Jack Shimek, a 30-year New Hampshire resident who signed the FSP Statement of Intent prior to the selection of New Hampshire as the “Free State”, now based in Milford; Kate Ager, a Keene native now living in Henniker; and Daniel Cuevas, also in Manchester.
SLN: Thank you all for agreeing to be interviewed! Could each of you tell me what your role is in the Shire Co-op?
FSP Board Meeting
Time/Date: Friday, March 6 @ 12:00pm EST
Location: Day 1 of Liberty Forum @ JD’s Tavern (Radisson)
Attending: Seamas, Carla, Jason, Jody, Matt, Aaron, Rich (by phone)
Meeting called to order at 12:10pm
Approval of previous minutes
Carla status as contractor vs. employee
a. Liberty Forum
b. Outreach at other events
c. Free Stater Magazine
a. Balance sheet update
b. Preliminary Liberty Forum results
c. 2015 Budget
a. Ian Freeman / FTL
b. The future of Liberty Forum
c. Dealing with inactive participants
Minutes from last meeting were approved.
Carla’s status as an employee. Jason is taking the lead on setting it up.
Patrick M. Byrne gives his keynote address at the 8th Annual Liberty Forum conference hosted by the Free State Project.
Bio: Patrick M. Byrne, CEO, launched Overstock.com in 1999 with revenues of $1.8 million. In 2013 Overstock.com had revenues of $1.3 billion and net income of $88.5 million. Forbes magazine named Overstock.com the No. 9 Best Company to Work for in the Country for 2010, and Byrne the CEO with the highest employee approval rating (92%). Byrne received the 2011 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
In 2001, Byrne began Worldstock Fair Trade, an Overstock.com division selling handcrafted products from artisans in developing nations. The department distinguishes itself by returning 60-70% of the sale price to artisans (over $100 million has been paid to Worldstock’s artisan suppliers). In addition, all Worldstock net profits are donated to fund philanthropic projects in several countries. Worldstock and Byrne have funded the building of 26 self-sustaining schools internationally that currently educate thousands of students.
New Hampshire’s unemployment rate is now 3.9%. That’s well below the 5.5% national rate! For the second month in a row, New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the Eastern United States. Stand out cities include Lebanon at 2.9%, Portsmouth at 3.3%, and Dover at 3.5%. Neighbor state Vermont has the second lowest unemployment rate in the East. Employment is up and unemployment is down in the Granite State. In fact, employers are complaining that there aren’t enough people in New Hampshire looking for work. Are you a liberty activist looking for work? Help New Hampshire employers by helping yourself.
Here is an excerpt from a recent New Hampshire Union Leader article.