MANCHESTER (February 6, 2009) – Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta, who has been urging state action regarding Town Fair Tire Centers, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue, praised Attorney General Kelly Ayotte for heeding his call and filing a brief of amicus curiae in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court action of Town Fair Tire Centers, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue. Mayor Guinta believes that Ayotte’s immediate action sends the proper message to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
“As I stated in my letter earlier this week, it is imperative that policymakers at all levels of New Hampshire government decry this attack on our sovereign ability to regulate revenue,” Mayor Guinta said. “I am glad that more officials have joined me in shedding light on this outrageous policy by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, it is important that the state takes decisive action, and I thank AG Ayotte for doing exactly that.”
On Tuesday, it was reported that the state of Massachusetts was trying to force Town Fair Tire, which has a store in Manchester, to track where people shop to collect sales tax. Manchester. “This case has far-reaching ramifications, not just for New Hampshire and Massachusetts, but on our U.S. Constitution and its explicit prohibition in Article I, Section 9, clearly stating that ‘No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any state.’ I believe AG Ayotte’s action shows the commitment from the N.H. Department of Justice to shed light on this attempted power grab by the Commonwealthof Massachusetts.”