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NH Republican Senators call on Governor Hassan to halt unauthorized tax increase 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Department of Revenue Administration seeking to expand Real Estate Transfer Tax without legislative approval


Concord, NH – State Senators David Boutin (R-Hooksett) and John Reagan (R-Deerfield) today called on Governor Maggie Hassan to halt her Administration’s plan to expand the Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT). The Hassan Administration recently asked the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) for authority to apply the tax on leases, but then withdrew that request. The Hassan Administration is now claiming that it has the ability to tax leases. This unilateral expansion of the tax has not been authorized by the Legislature, and is not allowed under current rules governing the Department of Revenue Administration.


“Bureaucrats cannot and should not expand an existing tax on their own.  The law cannot mean whatever Governor Hassan wants it to mean,” said Sen. Boutin. “The law clearly states that the Real Estate Transfer Tax doesn’t apply to short term leases, and the Governor knows it. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have pushed to change the rules. Governor Hassan should immediately end her quest to impose a new Lease Tax on New Hampshire businesses.”


Both the DRA website and the RETT forms provided to buyers and sellers state that the tax applies to leases of 99 years or longer, but neither applies the tax to leases of  shorter terms. Neither state law nor administrative rules authorize collection of the Real Estate Transfer Tax on those leases. The Hassan Administration has not provided any justification for its new claim to JLCAR.


“If the Governor wants to expand the Real Estate Transfer Tax, she’ll need to get a bill passed. She can’t make such a major policy change on a whim,” added Sen. Reagan, chair of JLCAR. “Not only would the Governor’s Lease Tax hurt our struggling real estate sector, but any such retroactive tax increase would create tremendous uncertainty in our tax code. New Hampshire businesses can’t operate when the Governor can increase their tax bills whenever she feels like it.”



NH RSA 78-B authorizes the Real Estate Transfer Tax of $0.75 per $100 of fair market value “imposed upon the sale, granting and transfer of real estate and any interest therein including transfers by operation of law.” The tax is paid by both the buyer and the seller, resulting in a total tax rate of 1.5%.


Administrative Rule Part Rev 802.01(f) applies RETT on leases of 99 years or longer, but do not authorize RETT on shorter leases. The Hassan Administration has sought a change in Administrative Rules to allow RETT on “ground lease transfers”, but delayed its request twice in the face of criticism from the Committee. The Hassan Administration has now withdrawn its request, claiming that “the taxability of ground leases exists currently under New Hampshire law.”


Administrative Rules Chapter Rev 800- Transfer of Real Property


Attached: DRA Letter to JLCAR


Former Governor Luis Fortuño to Keynote NH Federation of Republican Women’s Annual Lilac Luncheon

Concord, NH (June 5, 2014) – The NH Federation of Republican Women (NHFRW) announced today that former Governor Luis Fortuño (R-Puerto Rico) will be the featured speaker at its annual Lilac Luncheon and Flag Day Celebration that will be held on Saturday, June 14. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn on 172 North Main Street in Concord, NH beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at and

“The NHFRW is excited to have Governor Fortuño speak at our annual Lilac Luncheon,” stated Jennifer Couture, President of the NHFRW. “He is a standout leader in our party and strong advocate for fiscally sound policies that cut taxes and rein in spending. Governor Fortuño understands the critical issues facing our country and we look forward to hearing his insights as we move toward an important election season.”

The Lilac Luncheon is the organization’s largest annual event. Past speakers include former Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Senator John McCain, former Senator George Allen, Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day, and The CURE’s Star Parker.

The NHFRW will be raffling off a .22 magnum North American Arms mini revolver donated by Advanced Arms of NH. Tickets are $20 per entry. A winner will be drawn at the end of the Lilac Luncheon. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets may be purchased online at

The NHFRW has six local clubs across the state and is part of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), which is a grassroots political organization composed of 1,800 local clubs and more than 100,000 members in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Membership is open to all Republican women and men are also welcomed as Associate members.


NHDP - ICYMI: N.H. Senate Republicans Placing Politics Ahead of Granite State Workers

Nashua Telegraph: Wages of war in New Hampshire

Key Point: "They clearly didn’t vote to help the lowest wage earners in the state. One can only surmise that the state’s underpaid workers aren’t the people these [Republican] senators think they were sent to Concord to represent. In that case, they’re doing a great job."

Wages of war in New Hampshire

Telegraph Editorial

There is no war going on in New Hampshire.

State Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, would have you believe differently, judging from statements he made on the floor of the Senate in Concord last week.

Sanborn said a proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage above the federal minimum of $7.25 was a “war on employers.”

It would hurt the very people it was intended to help and would decimate businesses, he said.

“How many jobs are going to exist in New Hampshire if there are no longer any employers?” Sanborn asked rhetorically.

Sanborn is prone to outrageous comparisons. Last year, while he was guest-hosting a radio show, he compared the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to the San Francisco plane crash that killed two people.

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro called the bill to raise the state’s minimum wage a “job killer.” And last week, all 13 Republican senators voted down the increase and killed the bill, HB 1403, which was sent to them by the Democratically controlled House of Representatives.

Republican state senators like Sanborn and Bradley, who tried to cast a minimum wage increase as an assault on employers and businesses, engaged in the worst kind of political hyperbole.

New Hampshire is viewed as one of the most-business friendly states in the country.

New Hampshire has the lowest minimum wage in New England. The minimum wage is $8.60 an hour in Vermont, $8 in Massachusetts and $7.50 in Maine.

Someone earning the minimum wage in New Hampshire would have to dedicate all their earning for seven months just to pay the taxes on Sanborn’s Bedford home.

Raising the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour in 2015 – and eventually to $9 an hour in 2016 – would have boosted the wages of 76,000 Granite Staters, including women, young people and parents, according to the liberal Economic Policy Institute.



Testerman For US Senate - Welcomes Brown to Open Primary 

CONCORD, NH - Karen Testerman, Republican candidate  for U.S.Senate  issued the following statement regarding Scott Brown's announcement of the formation of an Exploratory Committee. "Welcome to the campaign, Scott.   I wish you all the best.  One of the great opportunities in the Republican Party is our willingness to have primaries," Testerman stated.  "We are strengthened by the process."  

On Friday,former Senator Brown, a sponsor of the Northeastern Regional Republican Leadership Conference, used this paid spotlight to announce his intentions to form an exploratory committee.


Please view "Protect and Defend" 


The campaign website is


March 4 at 8:56 am

* DEMS PUSH REPUBLICANS ON MEDICAID EXPANSION: The Dem-allied Americans United for Change is up with new radio ads hitting state legislators in New Hampshire in advance of this week’s vote on the state’s version of the Medicaid expansion. AUFC recently launched ads in Nebraska pushing for the same.

Some conservatives are vowing to hold GOP lawmakers who vote to expand coverage to their own constituents accountable with a primary. With AFP organizing against the expansion in other states, it’s clear that this aspect of Obamacare will continue to draw attention from outside groups.


Listen to the ads here:




Thousands in Need of Treatment Could Benefit From Thursday’s Senate Vote 

By Joe Gallagher, 3 hours ago

Of the 113,000 New Hampshire residents estimated to need treatment for alcohol and other drug disorders, only 6,000 per year receive needed treatment through state-funded programs—that leaves a population in New Hampshire without access to state-funded programs larger than 2014 Superbowl attendance.

Tomorrow the State Senate will vote on a bill that could extend substance abuse disorder coverage to thousands in the Granite State. If this bill passes, the House of Representatives will vote on it and Governor Hassan will sign it into law.


“Expanding Medicaid will support this treatment-first approach by providing thousands of people with substance and alcohol treatment coverage for the first time, improving lives while strengthening our economy and public safety,” Hassan said at her State of the State address.

New Hampshire drug and alcohol problems don’t seem to be going away. Just a few months ago, Lt. Maureen Tessier attributed the spike in Manchester crime to drug addiction—especially heroin—which has emerged as the low-cost alternative to OxyContin and Percocet in New Hampshire. A Manchester drug-sweep followed in February, netting 30 for drug-related crimes.

“We cannot arrest away this drug problem; it’s an underlying addiction problem,” Chief David Mara said. “We don’t have the resources as law enforcement to fight the addiction problem. What we can do is try to get these people off the streets and hopefully once they are in the corrections facility, or once they get involved with the court, hopefully they will be able to get some treatment.”

The Senate vote on Thursday will do exactly that, according to Linda Saunders Paquette, Executive Director of New Futures.

“Accepting federal funds would allow NH General Fund dollars currently spent on treatment to be reallocated across disciplines for prevention, recovery supports, and other related services aimed at reducing crime associated with substance abuse. Expanding these resources can address the underlying cause of cyclical drug-related crime and incarceration in our state.”

“You can put bars and barbed wire around somebody with addiction; without appropriate treatment and supports, they will not recover from their addiction.”

The recovery community has been vocal in framing New Hampshire substance abuse problems as a health issue rather than a criminal justice issue. Recovery advocates have urged the Senate to invest in expanding treatment to addicts, instead of “quarantining” them in prison.

Prison and jail inmates are seven times likelier to have a substance use disorder than the general population. Over 90% of parole revocations in New Hampshire are due to condition violations involving parolees who used drugs or alcohol. If the Senate votes “yes” on Thursday, many in the newly covered population would be on probation, parole, or participating in drug or mental health courts.

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