June 4, 2012
As Prime Sponsor of CACR 6 I am pleased that the Union Leader today issued an Editorial in support of a 3/5 majority vote on raising new taxes or license fees. Getting past the spurious and occasionally unseemly objections to the Amendment in the House was an interesting experience. I was happy to work with the Senate to get this out of Committee of Conference with a positive vote and thank Senator Sanborn for his leadership.
The Editorial rightly pointed out that controlling taxes is the most direct method of keeping spending low. In debate on the Floor of the House I said, “If we are going to take money from our neighbor’s pocket then there had better be a darn good reason.” If there is a need to raise taxes or a fee then that need must be justified before both the House and the Senate. If there is only a want to fund this or that special project then the bright light of open debate and a roll-call is available for the Granite Stater to see exactly who is voting to take money from their pocket and why.
When the voters pass this CACR the days of midnight taxes on campgrounds or single-person LLCs are gone. Adoption of this CACR by the citizens of New Hampshire would mean that the state would be forced by the Constitution to spend only what it takes in or prove to all the real need for a tax increase. Already the canned emails objecting to the end of tax and spend mentality are beginning. The shibboleth of “cutting services” is foremost in the attack. The Tax and Spend crowd knows this does not cut any service, it only makes spending a little more difficult. The CACR will let the voter know who is spending his or her money and for what and yes, it will make “reform[ing] our tax system” (instituting an income tax) harder.
I hope the House will Pass CACR 6 Wednesday and I know that the people of the Great State of New Hampshire will vote to amend their constitution to require a 3/5 supermajority to pass a new tax or license fee increase.
NH State Representative
162nd General Court
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