NHDP - ICYMI: Concord Monitor Editorial: "Candidates’ tax-cut plans wrongheaded"

ICYMI: Concord Monitor Editorial: "Candidates’ tax-cut plans wrongheaded"

Key Point: “Havenstein, if elected, would push to lower the state’s Business Profits Tax from 8.5 percent to 7.4 percent, something that he magically believes would create 25,000 new jobs. He offers no evidence to support that belief, and history suggests it’s misplaced.

“What the tax cuts proposed by both candidates would do is reduce the state’s ability to pay for the things that make New Hampshire attractive to employers and the young families the state wants to attract, among them good schools, safe roads, well-kept parks, good public services, a clean and beautiful environment, and affordable higher education.”

See below for excerpts or here for the full editorial:

George H.W. Bush called the notion that cutting taxes would increase economic activity, thus creating jobs and increasing federal revenue, “vodoo economics.”

So-called supply-side economics didn’t pan out for President Ronald Reagan, who increased taxes. As a theory it’s largely been discredited, but its something-for-nothing allure remains so strong that the idea refuses to die.

Three decades later, supply-side notions such as those that underlie the tax plans of New Hampshire Republican gubernatorial candidates Andrew Hemingway and Walt Havenstein should more rightly be called zombie economics. They are the walking dead, yet still capable of doing harm.

Havenstein, if elected, would push to lower the state’s Business Profits Tax from 8.5 percent to 7.4 percent, something that he magically believes would create 25,000 new jobs. He offers no evidence to support that belief, and history suggests it’s misplaced.

Analyses by the national Economic Policy Institute, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, among many others, show that cutting corporate taxes has little or no effect on a business’s decision to relocate, expand or hire more workers.

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According to research cited by the Fiscal Policy Institute, business taxes in New Hampshire are already lower than in most states. And in every state, business taxes make up only a small component of business expenses and thus have limited influence on business decision-making. Other factors – an educated workforce, good schools, quality of life, state of the infrastructure, access to markets and the like – are far more important.

What the tax cuts proposed by both candidates would do is reduce the state’s ability to pay for the things that make New Hampshire attractive to employers and the young families the state wants to attract, among them good schools, safe roads, well-kept parks, good public services, a clean and beautiful environment, and affordable higher education.

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The tax cuts proposed by Hemingway and Havenstein would take the state backward, not forward.