Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta urges Gov. Lynch; AG Ayotte to file amicus brief regarding sales tax flap

MANCHESTER (February 4, 2009) – On Wednesday, Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta sent a letter to Gov. John Lynch and Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, urging them to file a brief of amicus curiae in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court action of Town Fair Tire Centers, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue. In doing this, Mayor Guinta has challenged state government to defend New Hampshire’s sovereign ability to set tax policy as it sees fit.


“As Mayor of the largest city in the state, and as someone who is proud of the New Hampshire Advantage, it is imperative that policymakers at all levels of New Hampshire government decry this action,” Mayor Guinta said. “New Hampshire does not meddle in the tax affairs of any other state, and expects the same treatment from the other 49 states. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has the power to end this unprecedented attack on our state’s sovereign ability to regulate revenue; but if he does not, then New Hampshire must do all it can to defend itself.”


Mayor Guinta reiterated his statement from yesterday stating that he will defend out-of-state visitors to Manchester and those businesses that operate in the city. “Yesterday, I said that I encourage businesses and others affected by this issue to contact my office, because I am committed to protecting the rights of our businesses and preventing the harassment of our guests,” Guinta said.