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New Hampshire Begins Open-Data Efforts 164

Posted by Soulskill
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Plugh writes "The Free State Project was created to move 20,000 small-government activists to New Hampshire (here's the Slashdot story from 2002). IT people, with our ability to work anywhere, were some of the first to move. Now, with over a dozen Free Staters elected to the NH legislature, these geeks are starting to affect government data-sharing policy."
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New Hampshire Begins Open-Data Efforts

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  • Re:Free Staters? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Maxo-Texas (864189) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @01:50AM (#35134568)

    Less true with each passing day.

    In fact, it is possible and plausible that we'll have many billion dollar corporation with less than a dozen employees within the next 10 years.

    It's called "capital intensive". Lots of machines and automated processes. A few short term jobs setting it up. Some slave wage offshore labor.

    But otherwise a nearly pure pump of wealth from the mass market into the hands of a few people. Even out of that dozen, probably half of them will just make "good" salaries while almost all the benefit of the corporation is gained by a few people.

    That's really the pattern now. Multi billion dollar corporations where most of the profits go to a few employees-- not even to the shareholders.

  • Re:Free Staters? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by brit74 (831798) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @03:05AM (#35134888)
    "Corporations are simply groups of individuals who freely enter into an agreement."
    What nonsense. That's like saying everyone who lives under a dictatorship approves of the leadership because they could've emmigrated elsewhere. Corporations reflect the attitudes and desires of the upper management and the stockholders. If corporations were merely an agreement between equals then there should be no such thing as unions. Unions exist to protect the 'common employee' against the upper management, which is another way of saying that they know their interests are not always aligned.

    "New Hampshire actually still has the highest business tax rate in the nation [watchdog.org], which is what's keeping it from being the wealthiest place in the world"
    So, what you're saying is that New Hampshire has the highest business tax in the US, and the fact that it's the 6th richest state in the US is a complete mystery to you because it "should be" the 50th richest state based on having the highest corporate tax?
    * Source: http://money.cnn.com/2007/08/28/real_estate/wealthiest_states/index.htm [cnn.com]

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