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Key Dem Made Case for Income Tax in Mid-August

September 10, 2009 by Patrick  
Filed under State House

A key Democratic lawmaker in Concord who is instrumental in the behind-the-scenes maneuverings for a so-called economic summit to explore new revenue options in the Granite State made the case for an income tax in her local paper only three weeks ago.

In a letter to the editor in the Valley News newspaper which has obtained (see below), House Ways and Means Committee Chair Susan Almy argued, “If the majority of citizens in our state still believe we, alone among the states, can continue to run a government without major oil deposits, an income or sales tax – even as they complain about downshifting to local property taxes or loss of their preferred public services – this recession should severely test that belief.”

Granite Staters do in fact still believe that way, according to a Research poll released on Wednesday. According to John DiStaso of the New Hampshire Union Leader, “A new Republican poll shows Granite Staters still opposing an income tax. Patrick Hynes’ reports on a poll by Populus Research showing that 63 percent of likely voters in New Hampshire oppose an income tax to balance the budget, while 32 percent support it. The poll reportedly shows that 59 percent of likely voters are less likely to vote for a candidate for state office who supports and income tax, while 27 percent are more likely to do so.”

Democrats have attempted to dial back the scope of the so-called economic summit, tentatively scheduled for October 20th, since Speaker Terie Norelli let slip to the Portsmouth Herald that the Democratic leadership was planning it. They are now saying they will not impose an income tax, but will not take it off the table.

Republicans have seized on the confusion.

“The Democrat leadership in the Legislature is not being honest with the people of New Hampshire. The Democrats are obviously planning to wage a deceitful campaign over the next 14 months to try to obscure their behind the scenes push for a job-killing income tax. Clearly, a vote for a Democrat in 2010 is a vote for a sales or income tax after the election,” said Ryan Williams, Communications Director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.

Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, has pledged to veto an income or sales tax.

Almy Op-Ed


3 Responses to “Key Dem Made Case for Income Tax in Mid-August”
  1. Susan Almy says:

    I wish some of you would check your facts before you spread rumors all over the web. Yes, I come from a part of the state that believes we are not going to relieve the enormous property tax burden on our lower and middle income citizens without an income tax. I represent my constituents in that.

    Because I am a chair, I cannot act on that except in my individual vote, and I know that the majority of NH citizens and therefore their representatives believe otherwise, and that an income tax will not pass. And therefore that we are stuck with the existing tax structure, and we have to figure out how to make it work yet another term, again and again until the whole structure someday crumbles – unless we can make a major breakthrough in health care costs at the national level. And if possible, we need to figure out how we can do that without destroying either our economy or the essential services that our citizens and the economy require of us.

    If you paid any attention to the reporters, as vs the editors, in the Union Leader and Portsmouth Herald, you would know that this seminar you mention has been planned with the help of the entire committee, with the active involvement of several Republicans (center and right in their party), and is meant to examine our current tax structure from the perspective primarily of businesses in this state and whether we can tweak the current structure to help businesses grow and create jobs. We have not had an overview of our revenue structure since 1991, and a lot of things have changed.

    There is no confusion about this in the Democratic Party. We know this seminar has nothing to do with overturning the current tax structure. The confusion is in the Republican Party – where the publicists are speaking at odds with their very loyal members from my committee, who believe that it is wise to get business input on how we are handling our revenues. Their party is trying to take cheap shots at Democrats by distorting our work. I would thank you not to join them. Government is hard enough in this recession without your playing games.

  2. Ari Block says:

    Whores and Assassins have got it right they have a simple model, you pay they give you the goods.

    There is a fix and simple price for their service depending on the service level you would like.

    The key point being simplicity, could we say the same thing about the government ?

    Both the government and whores expect you to pay and will send thugs if you don’t.

    However whores unlike the government have clear pricing, and a customer oriented service.
    And you get what you pay for!

    So lets replace the government with a bunch of whores can only improve the situation in my opinion

  3. ECM says:

    Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, has pledged to veto an income or sales tax.

    Maybe he’d actually keep his word this time, given the chance, but I’d rather it didn’t get that far.

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