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Rock-hard pride in the Granite State

I've often stated how proud I am to be from New Hampshire, and what a good thing we have here in the tiny Granite State. But I've never really spelled out some of those reasons. In fact, most often I simply discuss how horrible things are in Massachusetts, implying how much better is up here without actually spelling it out.

But two other bloggers of note (and both are distinguished GuestBangers Emeriti) have done some of the work for me of late, and I have been remiss in not thanking them and pointing it out, eking out a posting off their legwork.

Rob over at Say Anything wrote a piece a little while ago bragging about how a recent study had ranked his home state of North Dakota the 11th best place to work in the United States. Congrats to Rob and his fellow North Dakotans, but that same survey put us at #2.

Meanwhile, intellectual heavy lifter and all-around Classy Guy Will Franklin has been looking at other economic factors in his semi-regular Trivia Tidbits, and seeing how they correlate with other factors. He's compared tax rates with economic growth, and tax rates and general economic health. In both studies, he's used the same 18 states:

Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming have no state income taxes.

New York, California, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Ohio, New Jersey, Maine, and Hawaii have the highest state income taxes.

(Emphasis added)

And it isn't just those two worthy gentlemen who have noticed New Hampshire's appeal. When the Free State Project decided that they wanted to try to re-make a state into a living laboratory for their libertarian ideals, it was no dart tossed at a map that led them to choose New Hampshire -- and no coincidence that a lot of New Hampshirites (including several state officials) welcomed them.

Now, there are a host of reasons we in New Hampshire don't brag about such things. The first is our innate Yankee modesty, where it's perceived as unseemly to boast too much. Another is our fear that if word gets out too much, we'll have to deal with an influx of "flatlanders" eager to reap all the benefits without making the correlating sacrifices and changes. (This one we've learned the hard way, especially in the southern part of the state with the refugee Massholes.) A third is the fear of "killing the goose that laid the golden egg," the irrational concern that if we talk about how wonderful things are too much, we'll drive them off.

But every now and then, kicking around the Massholes and the Looney Left and howling about the latest outrages gets a trifle tiresome, and I need a break. There's a lot of ugliness in the world, but it's not an ugly world. There are some bright spots, some oases of sanity and reason and hope left.

And I am blessed to live in one such place.

(Even if it does have a window overlooking the cesspool that is Massachusetts.)

Comments (7)

Someone just pointed me to ... (Below threshold)
Tom Leary:

Someone just pointed me to your blog and I couldn't agree more. I've lived here all my life, and have no desire to move anywhere else. Why would you?


The best places to work ind... (Below threshold)

The best places to work index is a little funky. Just glancing at the rankings, I wonder about Nevada, Florida, Texas, and North Carolina being in the bottom quintile. Michigan is way too high. And so on.

Then, looking at the criteria, they take points off for "right to work" states. They give points for stronger regulations benefiting unions.

Also, they claim to have adjusted average income for cost of living, but it is weird that states with relatively low incomes but much lower costs of living are all at the bottom. For example, you need only 60-70 thousand in Texas to buy a new 2500 square foot house, but Texas is second-to-last place.

It also seems like states with lots of in-migration from Mexico and elsewhere within the U.S. are counted down for relatively high and persistent unemployment. This might make sense in theory, but it doesn't give a very meaningful picture.

Not that New Hampshire isn't a great place to live, but that list is just sort of goofy.

Judging from some of your l... (Below threshold)

Judging from some of your latest rulings and elected officials, us Massachusetts lunatics sound like we're moving in. Resistance is futile...but keep trying, I wouldn't want you to turn into another Massachusetts, this union can only survive one!

We also have no sales tax.<... (Below threshold)

We also have no sales tax.
We can also own firearms with minimal restrictions.
"Live Free Or Die"

One point that is generally... (Below threshold)

One point that is generally overlooked when mentioning which states do not have a state income tax is the subsidy they provide to the states that do.

In Texas there is no state income tax. Thus there is no deduction on the federal income taxes for state income tax.

In New York, there is not only a state income tax, but in New York City, there is also a city income tax. Both of these taxes are deducted from their federal income taxes.

Thus, on the equal incomes in both states, the people of Texas pay a higher share of their income to the federal government. Which means that the people of Texas and other states without a state income tax are subsidizing the federal income tax of those states with a state income tax.

Or, another way to look at the situation; those people living in states with no state income tax are subsiding those people who live in states with a state income tax.

Well I am not a native of N... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

Well I am not a native of NH, but I love living here (although I might say different in January-that is the only month I wish I was living down South again).

This is a great place to live, and is definitely a great place to raise your kids.

The state motto of NEW HAMP... (Below threshold)

The state motto of NEW HAMPSHIRE is the best around LIVE FREE OR DIE something we should all remember






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