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NH Senate Republicans - Does Governor Hassan want to tax the Internet? 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley responded today to Governor Hassan’s claim that reductions in business taxes implemented in the current budget are “having a negative impact on the State Budget”, by asking the Governor if she wants to tax the Internet. The Legislature eliminated the Communications Services Tax on Internet Access. Bradley asked if Governor Hassan would repeal that bipartisan tax reform so that the Communications Services Tax would apply again to Internet Access.

“Like all of the recent reforms to New Hampshire’s business tax code, exempting Internet access from the Communications Services Tax passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, and it was included in the budget which Governor Hassan praised last year,” Bradley said. “If Governor Hassan really thinks that these tax reforms are causing problems, she has a duty to tell us specifically which ones she wants to repeal.”

Congress imposed a moratorium on Internet access taxes in 1998. Several years ago, the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration began applying the 1990 Communications Services Tax to Internet access without Legislative approval. Bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate stepped in to correct this bureaucratic overreach with HB 1418, by clarifying that Internet access was not taxable. In 2012, HB 1418 passed the Senate 23-0 and the House 244-46.

“These tax reforms such as blocking an Internet Access Tax were passed with bipartisan support to spur job creation. New Hampshire has performed poorly in economic growth compared to other states which is why the Legislature led on this issue. Does NH really want to reverse those job growth initiatives when our economy is growing by less than 1% annually?” Bradley concluded.

Rather than blaming job growth measures for potential funding budget shortfalls, Governor Hassan would be better served by providing an update on each departments spending levels for the fiscal year that concluded in July as well as projections on how large the budget deficit in the current fiscal year is likely to be. If indeed there is a $100 deficit looming as some predict, the sooner that information is provided to the Legislature and the public, will make addressing the deficit less painful.


CEI Today: Regulation over-load, plus transportation and Internet taxes 

Thursday, August 7, 2014
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Red Tapeworm 2014: Completed Economically Significant Rules at Record Levels

The fact that policy makers and analysts pay the most attention to economically significant rules should not seduce them into ignoring the remaining bulk of rules in the yearly pipeline, yet it does. A rule can cost up to $99 million and escape the official “economically significant” designation.
> Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


TRANSPORTATION TAXES - MARC SCRIBNER Public Still Favors Transportation User Fees over Tax Increases

Voters in Missouri Tuesday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have imposed a 0.75 percent sales tax to fund transportation, with nearly 60 percent opposing a plan that would have increased annual state road funding by approximately $500 million.
> Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner



Austin-American Statesman: Beware of Internet sales tax


Texas is one of the nation’s best states for doing business, according to a recent CNBC survey. Lone Star lawmakers deserve credit for the pro-growth environment they’ve helped foster. But a bill now before the U.S. House of Representatives threatens this happy progress.

The Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) would expose Texas to businesses taxation without representation from other, potentially less business-friendly states. > Read more

> Interview Jessica Melugin


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CEI Today: Online gambling, Obamacare marriage penalty, Internet taxes, and an NLRB ambush election

Tuesday, December 11, 2013
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The Hill: Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s futile war on online gambling

Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is not known for modesty. So it was fitting the recent announcement of his plans to push for a federal online gambling ban is making headlines. Adelson, who said his “moral standards” compelled him to act, is launching an advocacy group, the Coalition To Stop Internet Gambling, to portray the activity as a threat to vulnerable populations such as low-income players and minors. Not only is he wrong, but his proposed ban would cause harm to the very groups he claims to want to protect. > Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton
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Michael P. Tremoglie: Obamacare's Marriage Penalty

Being married is expensive - and not just for the usual reasons. According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Hans Bader - and others - it is an expensive proposition as far as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) premiums and taxes are concerned.

Bader maintains that there is a discriminatory treatment of married versus unmarried couples. For proof he cites the Kaiser Family Foundation's (KFF) ACA premium calculator.  > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader


One News Now: As year comes to end, debate goes on for Internet sales tax

Ryan Radia of the Competitive Enterprise Institute says he is very skeptical of the Marketplace Fairness Act. "It's an attempt to solve, I think, a legitimate issue but it's the wrong approach," says Radia. "It would, in many respects, create many new hassles and set a precedent for future taxing authority that goes beyond the borders of a jurisdiction.

"Even a small Internet seller could be subject to an audit by "any or all of those states" that have a sales tax, adds Radia.
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Monday, the National Labor Relations Board’s savvy legal maneuver takes the labor agency one step closer to finalizing its ambush election regulation. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs
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CEI Today: Internet sales tax, Iron Man vs Musicians Union, and lessons from austerity


Forbes: The Internet Sales Tax Reveals Its Foolish Head Yet Again

They’re at it again: On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted 74-20 to proceed with debate on the “Marketplace Fairness Act.”

But, so long as we live with state and local tax autonomy, neutrality is impossible. Any move in that direction—by means of destination taxation—will entail huge compliance costs.
  > Read the full commentary

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IRON MAN & THE UNION - MATT PATTERSON Iron Man vs. The Musicians Union

Can the Iron Avenger triumph over a new nemesis stalking his box office prospects? The American Federation of Musicians (AFM), it appears, is unhappy with Marvel Studios and its parent company Disney for using–gasp!–non-American musical talent to score their blockbuster hits Iron Man 3, and last year’s The Avengers. >Read more

> Interview Matt Patterson



Investor's Business Daily: U.S. Should Copy Estonia, Which Made Austerity Work

Another month of disappointing job numbers is a painful reminder that the U.S. economy is struggling after almost five years of fiscal and monetary stimulus.

For a better way forward, let's look at Estonia, which took its medicine as soon as the global financial crisis broke. It cut government spending relatie to its pre-crisis level drastically — 2.8% in 2009 and 9.5% in 2010 — and is now one of Europe's fastest growing economies.
  > Read more

> Interview Matthew Melchiorre


April 25, 2013: Regulations Are Less Than Transparent

Every year, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) releases a report on the costs and benefits of the previous year’s new regulations. This year’s report was just released. Vice President for Policy Wayne Crews points out that the report ignores three quarters of all agencies and includes the costs of fewer than one half of one percent of last year’s regulations.

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JUNE 20, 2013


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Josiah Bartlett Center - The Internet Sales Tax and Earth Day 

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Josiah Bartlett Center

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on the issues impacting New Hampshire

Other states have always been annoyed by states like New Hampshire without a sales tax. Tax competition is distressing to the uncompetitive. But few tax grabs are as ill considered, unfair, and anti-competitive as the federal government’s attempt to impose a massive new internet sales tax. New Hampshire in particular needs to be careful. The new tax will lead to the elimination of the sales tax competitive advantage that is the foundation of our retail economy

Under the American tax system, states may apply taxes to entities with a physical presence (or “nexus”) in the state. It would of course be ridiculous to expect an orange grower in Florida to apply your state’s sales tax on fruit you buy on vacation or to exempt you if you came from a state with no sales tax. So, in general, one state’s tax collector has no authority to reach across state lines and regulate you from beyond the borders.
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Now nearly 3.5 Million State Transactions

Ever wonder how and where New Hampshire spends your tax dollars? Look no further than, an open government project of the Center. We now have more than 3.5 Million transactions detailing how every last dollar was spent from the past 4 1/2 years. Help us find government waste! Click here to start looking.

Markets Clean the Enviroment
It’s Earth Day, the environmental movement’s annual celebration of top-down environmental restrictions and reduced standards of living in the name of sustainability. A rather newer annual tradition is my post reminding you that free markets are a better, cheaper, faster way to clean up the environment, reduce future pollution, and protect endangered species than command and control methods... Click here to keep reading.