No doubt it would have been easier for Gov. Chris Sununu to get Democrats to agree on a new state budget if he had allowed their “family leave” bill to become law. It also would have been wrong.

New Hampshire’s success is due in no small measure to its continued resistance to succumb to big-government interference in the private sector. A government mandate that businesses provide paid leave for employees is the height of liberal political arrogance.

Businesses, especially in today’s competitive environment, know what works for them and for their workers. Many employers do offer such leave in addition to regular vacations. (Larger companies are also required to offer unpaid time through the government-mandated FMLA.)

Many businesses also go beyond government mandates. Our “What’s Working” series last week featured Hannaford Supermarkets’ new plan that provides paid parental leave to many of its workers.

No one that we know of has ever claimed that capitalism and the free market are perfect. But they sure as heck beat nanny state socialism. Gov. Chris Sununu knows that. That’s good for New Hampshire.

Monday, February 17, 2020
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The existing Manchester school board will meet at Memorial High this Thursday night to review and possibly accept the Manchester Proud group’s plans. How a future school board will be constituted is the work of the new School District Charter Commission. And its nine members want to hear from you.

Sunday, February 16, 2020
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Recently proposed New Hampshire legislation would toughen criminal sentences for drunk or drugged drivers in incidents in which someone dies. Emotional testimony at the bill’s hearing suggested that such a law might have prevented these deaths.

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Presidential Primary post-mortems have piled up like yesterday’s snow and ice and will soon melt away. Predictably, the national pundits have again learned little. They have gone right back to relying on national polls to tell us who has any chance to gain the Democratic nomination.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

In addition to opposing Hillary Clinton in 2016, Donald Trump was favored by many Americans who simply cried “enough!” at the duplicitous and spendthrift ways of both Republicans and Democrats. Voters, it seems, were tired of being bought off with their own money.

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