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For liberty-minded reps, House agenda is proof N.H. needs Free Staters

Monitor staff
Saturday, March 7, 2015
(Published in print: Saturday, March 7, 2015)

The NH Liberty Forum is a weekend-long event with dozens of talks focused on small government, aiming to promote the Free State Project’s goal of getting 20,000 liberty-minded people to move to New Hampshire. About 16,500 have signed a pledge to do so. New Hampshire was chosen as the destination because it – as the land of no sales tax, no income tax, and no seatbelt or helmet laws – more closely aligned to liberty ideals than any other state.

Itse and Burt call themselves “pre-staters,” in that they’ve been backing the liberty cause in New Hampshire since before the Free State Project existed. Itse acknowledged that it’s a problem for people considering moving to the state with the Free State Project to arrive this weekend to news like the vote to ban teenage tanning, but he believes they’re the solution.

“The way you sell it is, ‘We need your help,’ ” he said. “When it comes to the Free State Project, I have a word for Free Staters: reinforcements.”

Aside from legislation, the group touring the State House could serve as reinforcements in another way – replacing youth leaving the state. Mark Warden, an early mover and two-term state representative, helps prospective movers find new homes with his business, Porcupine Real Estate, which pays homage to the Free State Project’s mascot. He said his clients run the gamut, but many of them are young, educated, often involved in technology and likely to be entrepreneurs.

In that way, he said, “The Free State Project is the answer” to young people leaving the state. As compared with state averages, the group appeared younger, more male and more likely to be wearing slim-legged pants. “They just want to be left alone, they’re not asking for handouts, so it’s a net benefit for the economy,” he said.
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