CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt today offered the following statement on the passage of Constitutional Amendment 13, which would ban an income tax. Passage of a constitutional amendment requires 3/5 of the membership of the House, meaning with 397 current members, 239 must vote to support the measure. CACR 13 passed 257 to 101. If CACR 13 passes in the Senate it will then go on the ballot and will need to be approved by 2/3rds of those voting in the election.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“New Hampshire was spared the fate of an income tax because of our hard work to make difficult spending reductions this legislature, including an historic budget that included an 18% reduction in state spending. Passage of an income tax now or in the future would destroy the special economic fabric of our state and kill the New Hampshire Advantage. We can prevent this from happening once and for all with a measure that will allow our citizens to make their voices heard on this critical issue. 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. We must remain good stewards of taxpayers’ money.”
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt
“In the four years Democrats were in charge before Republicans took over, they raised or enacted 100 new taxes and fees, spending New Hampshire to the brink of an income and/or sales tax. CACR13 is a critical safeguard against future irresponsible spending. Good government is one that serves the people and is limited and fiscally prudent.”