Ask Democrat Jackie Cilley to explain her plan for New Hampshire and she’ll point to Milton, Mass., a Boston suburb named the second-best place in the country to live last year by Money magazine.

The town, population 27,000, was able to attract new families and businesses only after it spent money on its local schools and services. The upside? A stable real estate market and higher property values. The downside? “Higher taxes,” Money magazine said.

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