CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) released the following statement on Constitutional Amendment 13 (CACR 13), which today came out of the House Ways and Means Committee with a 15-5 ought to pass recommendation and will now go to the full House for a vote. CACR 13 prohibits an income tax in New Hampshire.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“The passage of CACR 13 is a great protection against future generation big spenders and ensures the state's tradition of frugality and local control. I am confidant when the legislation reaches my colleagues in the House for a vote they too will support the measure to further protect the New Hampshire Advantage. We must remain good stewards of taxpayers’ money. Good government is one that serves the people and is limited and fiscally prudent.”
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt
“This measure comes at an incredibly important time and certainly should be approved by the full House and Senate in time to get it on the 2012 ballot. With an open Governor’s seat, the future of the New Hampshire Advantage is as unsure now more than ever. Democrat gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan, although she seemed to have conveniently forgotten about her original stance when she flip-flopped and signed ‘The Pledge,’ since she told the Portsmouth Herald  back in 2002 that she’d consider a state income tax. Rumored candidate Gary Hirshberg has openly been in favor of a sales and income tax and even set up a PAC to help elect candidates who pledged to implement a broad based tax. And although former Sen. Jackie Cilley says now she wouldn’t support an income tax, I don’t see how she’ll support her big spending way without it having helped implement over 100 new taxes and fees and raise the state budget by 25% while she was in office.”