Last-Minute Amendment Would Create Tax Carve Out For Planet Fitness
Craig Benson, Who Has Served As Planet Fitness Board Member, Consultant And Franchise Owner “Leading Charge”
Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Republican Senators are allowing former Governor Craig Benson to hold New Hampshire jobs hostage in order to get a special tax break for a company where he has served as a board member and consultant.
Benson, who has served as a Planet Fitness board member, consultant and franchise owner, reportedly led the charge for a last-minute amendment that would benefit the company but be costly to taxpayers.
“First, Jeanie Forrester introduced a last-minute budget amendment to benefit her business cronies and now Senate Republicans are doubling down with more special favors for their friends,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “While Senate Republicans insist that the state can’t afford to fully fund substance misuse treatment, mental health services, and our successful Medicaid Expansion program, they are instead pushing special favors for their friends and business tax giveaways for large, out-of-state corporations.”
This is not the first time Craig Benson has held New Hampshire jobs hostage for tax policy changes to benefit his bottom line. NHPR reports that Benson’s threats as CEO of Cabletron helped spur the creation of the Business Enterprise Tax, which was more favorable to the company's interests.
“If Senate Republicans think that Granite Staters won’t notice this rash of last-minute amendments to benefit their friends, they are going to be in for quite a shock in November 2016,” added Buckley.