House Leaders Comment on Governor's Signing of First Cut in New Hampshire Taxes in Years

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statement in response in learning, according to a report in the New Hampshire Union Leader, that Governor Lynch had signed House Bill 229, repealing the state’s gambling winnings tax.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“After over 100 tax and fee increases that became law over the prior four years, this tax cut sends a clear message about the new direction we are taking in New Hampshire.  We are totally committed to protecting our low tax status and lifting the burden of government off the back of the working families of the state.  We are working to ensure that this is just the first tax cut of many for our citizens and employers, so that we can grow our economy and create good, new jobs.”

“I am baffled, though, why the governor would choose to sign this bill in secret.  The Lottery Commission has consistently told us that this tax was depressing cross-border sales with people unwilling to come here to buy tickets since the gambling winnings tax took effect in 2009.  One would think that Governor Lynch would want to promote this publicly in order to get the message out to folks in Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont that this tax has been repealed. The journey to fiscal responsibility now begins.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

 “This tax cut is merely a first installment in our plans for tax relief for New Hampshire citizens.  Help is on the way and we are going to get back to being a low tax, business friendly state.  We want people from across New England and the country to come here to visit, to shop and to bring their businesses.  We are just getting started.”

 “I also share the concern that we should be working harder to get word out about this tax cut.  Coming from Salem, I see firsthand the impact of out-of-staters coming here to buy lottery tickets.  I encourage Governor Lynch to travel around the border communities and get the word out about this pro-business tax cut.  I’d be happy to work with local merchants in my hometown to set up an event with the governor to let people know about this tax cut that the Republican legislature has delivered to the people.”