Citizens For A Strong NH - Gov Hassan vetoes tax reform bill


(July 20, 2015) -  This afternoon, Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed SB 550, a tax reform bill. The legislation, if signed into law, would have given important business profits tax clarification that would have kept jobs in the Granite State.

Her veto was despite a report found in Friday's Portsmouth Herald, which said New Hampshire's job growth "remains on a disappointing path," falling behind both the national average and growth in Massachusetts.

Governor Hassan has since said that she "might consider the change" as a part of the budget process.

Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:

"With Governor Maggie Hassan's willingness to consider these tax changes as a part of the budget process, she has shown that she is well aware of the positive implications it would have on New Hampshire small businesses. Instead, once again, she is trying to use it as a political chit to manipulate the budget process simply to further her own political career.

"Granite Staters are well aware that under Governor Hassan's failed leadership, our state is on a dangerous path where New Hampshire job growth is falling behind both the national average and growth in Massachusetts. Despite numerous reports that depict concerning implications for families in our state, our governor has once again refused to embrace bipartisan solutions that would move New Hampshire forward."